Yoga is mainly practiced for health and vitality.
Hatha Yoga was introduced in the 15th century by Yogi
Swatmarama. Hatha yoga focuses on the purification
of the physical being which leads to the purification
of the mind or vital energy. The exploration of these
physical-spiritual connections and body centered practices
led to the creation of Hatha Yoga. Today In the West,
hatha yoga has become wildly popular as a purely physical
exercise regimen divorced of its original purpose.
the historical details, Krishnamacharya has become
the undisputed father of modern-day hatha yoga. Krishnamacharya's
first lessons in yoga were from his father and his
grandmother and passed on through generations of practice.
Yoga follows in that vein and thus successfully transcends
being particularly grounded in any one religion. This
exploration of these physical and spiritual connections
and body centered practices led to the creation of
Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga has been included in the life
style of these traditions. Hatha Yoga classes tend,
among other things, to emphasize physical mastery.
also means a force or determined effort, and yoga,
of course, translates as yoke or joining together.
The very name hatha yoga, a combination of "ha," meaning
sun, and "tha," meaning moon, denotes the union of
opposites. Through the practice of yoga an individual
can gain information about physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual well being.
Yoga represents opposing energies: hot and cold, fire
and water following the theme of ying and yang, male
and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts
to balance the mind and body. The balancing of the
mind and body is brought about via physical exercises
(also known as asanas), controlled breathing (pranayama)
and relaxation or meditiation.
refers to breath control in yoga. In this yoga is
defined as a means of binding or controlling the breath
and the mind using the syllable Om. In this case yoga
has extremes, practices of fasting, breath control,
and postures to transcend the body, and not cultivate
it. Asana body postures that are contemplative in
nature and are designed to align the body and bring
about the optimum situation for relaxation.
yoga is a holistic yogic path and is becoming wildly
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