Hatha-Yoga. What is it?
Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga. The word haṭha (lit. "force")
denotes a system of physical techniques supplementary to a broad conception of
Hatha yoga is associated with the mystical figure of Dattatreya and the Dashanami Sampradaya.
In the 20th century, hatha yoga, particularly the physical postures asanas,
became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise. Hatha yoga is now
colloquially termed as simply "yoga".
Hatha yoga. Practice
Hatha yoga has some important principles and practices that are shared with
other methods of yoga, such as subtle physiology, dhāraṇā (fixation of the
elements), and nādānusandhāna (concentration on the internal sound).
Health benefits ascribed to yogāsana practice
Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings
health benefits with regular participation. Yoga participants report better
sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and
stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. The breathing
aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure.
The 2012 "Yoga in America" survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of
Yoga Journal, shows that the number of adult practitioners in the US is 20.4
million, or 8.7 %. The survey reported that 44 percent of those not
practicing yoga said they are interested in trying it.
Hatha yoga consists of eight limbs focused on attaining samadhi. In this scheme,
the six limbs of hatha yoga are defined as asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana,
dhyana and samadhi. It includes disciplines, postures (asanas), purification
procedures (shatkriya), gestures (mudras), breathing (pranayama), and
meditation. The hatha yoga predominantly practiced in the West consists of
mostly asanas understood as physical exercises. It is also recognized as a
Preservation of life force
In its earliest formulations, hathạ was used to raise and conserve the physical
essence of life, identified in men as bindu (semen), which is otherwise
constantly dripping downward from a store in the head and being expended. The
female equivalent, mentioned only occasionally in our sources, is rajas,
menstrual fluid. The preservation and sublimation of semen was associated with
tapas (asceticism) from at least the time of the epics, and some of the
techniques of early Hatha Yoga are likely to have developed as part of ascetic
practice. The techniques of early Hatha Yoga work in two ways: mechanically, in
practices such as viparītakaraṇī, “the reverser,” in which by standing on one’s
head one uses gravity to keep bindu in the head; or by making the breath enter
the central channel of the body (sushumna), which runs from the base of the
spine to the top of the head, thereby forcing bindu upward.
In later formulations of Hatha Yoga, the Kaula system of the visualization of
the serpent goddess Kuṇḍalini rising as kuṇḍalini energy through a system of
chakras, usually 6 or 7, is overlaid onto the bindu-oriented system. The same
techniques, together with some specifically kuṇḍalini-oriented ones, are said to
effect kuṇḍalini’s rise up the central channel (which is called the sushumna in
these traditions) to a store of amṛta (the nectar of immortality) situated in
the head, with which kuṇḍalini then floods the body, rejuvenating it and
rendering it immortal.
The aims and results of Hatha Yoga are the same as those of other varieties of
yoga practice: siddhis (both mundane benefits and magical powers) and moksha,
the latter often understood as being attained in a body immortalized by Hatha
Yoga practices. In keeping with the physical orientation of Hatha Yoga
practices, its siddhis are predominantly physical, ranging from the loss of
wrinkles and grey hair to divine sight or the ability to levitate. In common
with earlier formulations of yoga, in particular Kaula ones, the techniques of
Hatha Yoga can be used to effect kalavaicana (cheating death), utkranti (yogic
suicide), or parakayapravesa (entering another’s body). As in the Yoga Sutras of
Patanjali, siddhis are usually said to be a hindrance to or distraction from
Hatha Yoga’s ultimate aim – liberation – but in some Kaula-influenced texts, the
pursuit of specific siddhis through specific techniques is taught.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha yoga is a popular yoga choice in today's fitness community. Individuals
and groups use this ancient, classic yoga style to get fit and encourage a
healthy mind-body connection.
Those who take the time to study this ancient yoga art understand that there are
some specific benefits of becoming adept at practicing Hatha yoga style. One of
the main ones stems from one of the pillars of the Hatha style: breathing.
Controlling breath can help improve oxygenation of the body and alleviate stress
in some forms. Other elements of Hatha yoga also help with relaxing the body and
fighting the stresses of the modern world. As a historical preparation for
intensive meditation, Hatha yoga has a lot to offer a modern Western audience.
Mallinson, James. "Saktism and Hathayoga." In: Goddess Traditions in Tantric
Hinduism: History, Practice and Doctrine, edited by Bjarne Wernicke Olesen
London: Routledge, 2016. pp. 109-140. pg.120:"The Buddha himself is said to have
tried both pressing his tongue to the back of his mouth, in a manner similar to
that of the hathayogic khecarimudra, and ukkutikappadhana, a squatting posture
which may be related to hathayogic techniques such as mahamudra, mahabandha,
mahavedha, mulabandha, and vajrasana in which pressure is put on the perineum
with the heel, in order to force upwards the breath or Kundalini.
Back problems? Yoga can help you!
Yoga exercise for back: 1.exhalation
Yoga exercise for back: 2.inhalation
The exercise for 3 minutes
30 sekonds x 5 times