Hatha Yoga has became popularized in west in the end of 20 century. The first Hatha Yoga studio was opened in Hollywood in 1947. Since then this yoga branch has been sought by different kind of people looking for its mind-body health benefits. Knowing more about Hatha Yoga concepts and methods will help the beginner to embody its ancient practice beyond the physical exercises.
Hatha Yoga’s Origin
The practice of Hatha Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years ago in northern of India. However, this ancient practice has been taught orally by Brahmas and mystics much before it had your first manuscripts. These masters used to teach Hatha Yoga to prepare practitioners of meditation before their long time practice.
Hatha yoga had your classic practice systematically organized just in second century B.C, by Patanjali. His method was focused on the physical body as a tool to promote mind-body connection.
Hatha is a Sanskrit word, which embody the duality between opposites: “Ha” represents sun and “tha” represents moon. This concept encompasses the dualities in our lives, such as ying and yang, cold and hot, light and darkness, soft and harsh.
Thus, the principle of Hatha Yoga is uniting our mind and body, and finds our sacredness beyond the mundane world. Hatha Yoga, therefore, means union.
Hatha Yoga practice
The practice of Hatha yoga is linked to techniques of body postures, known as asana, relaxation techniques, breathing regulation, called as pranayama, and meditation. Those techniques are meant to the mastery of body and so unite body, breath and mind into one presence.
By this practice the yogi thrives to balance the dualities aspects of his own being – mind and body -, and understand that those polarities are part of life. In this way, the yogi will look for generates harmony, but at same time transcending these dualities.
The teachers cannot stress enough how important is add the postures into the breathing, and not the other way around. The body is just a means for the practice, and not an end.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga
One class of Hatha Yoga is already enough to you feel the benefits in your body and mind for the rest of the day.
Yoga asanas release tensions, strength and tone your muscles, and increase your flexibility as well. Once the postures are held for a great length of time, and it is repeated many times during the practice.
The yoga practice will encourage you to focus in your breathing, and learn how to take deep breaths. The breath control techniques, known as pranayama, will release all the stress and anxiety from our daily lives. The pranayama improves concentration, relaxation, and promotes mental clarity as well.
In general, it will boost your immune system and help you to nourish brand new health habits like having positive thoughts, eating clean foods, and having a good night sleep.