Hatha Yoga is a popular yoga style and brings immense benefits to our body and health. This incredible form of yoga helps in attaining the balance between mind and body. The practice of Hatha Yoga is basically to bring strength and energy in the body. Being relatively slow in pace, it is good for beginners.
Let’s understand it in deep.
What is Hatha Yoga?
The word ‘Hatha’ is formed by the two words ‘HA’ and ‘THA’ which means sun and moon respectively. Introduced in the 15th century by Yogi Swatmarama, Hatha Yoga is an advanced form of yoga that is a mixture of dynamic yoga, meditation, and relaxation. It focuses on purification of mind, body, and soul thereby bringing you much-needed energy.
It is one of the oldest forms of yoga which is getting wildly popular as a physical exercise routine unconnected to its original purpose.
The Balance of Mind & Body
Hatha Yoga represents opposing energies: fire and water, hot and cold, following the theme of male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga tries to bring the equilibrium of mind and body. This equilibrium is brought about by asanas (physical exercises), pranayama (controlled breathing) and meditation (concentration).
Basic Asanas in Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is a lot different from other forms of yoga and has several variations of breathing. Combined with rhythmic breathing, here you are required to hold asanas (postures) for longer.
Listed below are a few basic asanas of Hatha Yoga:
Padmasana: This asana helps to reduce muscle tension and brings control over blood pressure. It also helps in improving the digestion system. Sitting in padmasana relaxes your mind, soothes your core and relieves mental discomfort.
Tadasana: This asana helps in strengthening of your chest muscles. Habitual practice of this asana can improve your lung capacity. Moreover, this asana can get you rid of your shoulder and back pain.
Bhujangasana: This asana is a huge stress-buster and aids in relaxing your mind. It opens up the chest, and lungs helping you to breathe well. The asana stretches the spine; helps beat fatigue and calm sciatica. It heals asthma as well.
Pranayama: The two vital breathing techniques in Hath Yoga are Kapalbhati and Nadi Shodhan. A few minutes of Nadi Shodhan helps in relaxing mind by releasing stress and fatigue.