“It takes courage and intelligence, you know, to do the stages of Yoga right, and to start with this Hatha Yoga… It’s just you and nothing but you, standing in one spot frozen like a statue with no place to go for help or excuse or scapegoat except inward.”
Yes! Yes! Our today’s topic is a widely popular style of yoga; Hatha Yoga. In this blog, we are going to talk everything about this wonderful type of yoga.
What is Hatha Yoga?
“Hatha Yoga is the phenomenon of aligning the human system with the cosmic – a way to hold one’s system in a way that it will become a receptacle to receive and hold the entire cosmos.” – Sadhguru
The name Hatha is derived from the Sanskrit word hath which means force. The word suggests this branch of yoga as the yoga of physical techniques. However, it is the most perfect union of physicality and spirituality.
Besides, hatha uses asanas or postures to facilitate the mind and body to uphold the advanced aspects of energy. It has been originated from a deep understanding of the technicalities of the human body.
Hatha is the sanctuary for those suffering every type of pain. It is the foundation for those practicing every type of Yoga. ~ The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
In simple words, it can be called the practice of physical postures. Furthermore, it is the most popular yoga worldwide, especially in western countries. Most of the yoga forms like Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Iyengar are classified under Hatha Yoga.
Origin of Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is one of the oldest styles of yoga. But as we know there is no specific time or date about the origin of yoga in any record. More or less, we have very few pieces of evidence that establish the time and period to which it belongs.
In fact, traces of some hatha yoga techniques can be found in the Buddhist or Hindu texts from the first century. Besides, during the 11th century, it was practiced by sadhus or saints to attain siddhis or nirvana.
In classical and post-classical period…
However, the most prominent work of yoga is seen in the text Yoga Sutra. It was written by sage Patanjali in the Classical Yoga Period considered as the most authenticated text in the world of yoga.
It is said that hatha yoga became prominent in post-classical yoga period when tantra yoga was still developing.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga
Hatha is practiced all across the globe. Its practice depends entirely on the capability of the practitioner.
Regular practice of hatha yoga-
Strengthens the Core of the Body
The health of the core of the body consists of spine, abs, and hips, is very crucial to lead an active and healthy life. Many asanas in Hatha help to build strength and keep the core functionality.
Improves Body Posture
If you have been suffering from cervical spondylitis or a back injury, you must be aware of the effects of bad posture. Hatha poses help the body to maintain or improve the posture. This way, it also improves the functioning of the other parts of the body.
Helps in Weight Loss
Hatha asanas are the best in yoga to lose weight or to prevent obesity. The practice of such asanas can burn lots of calories and extra fat that saves you from many diseases in the future.
Helps in Joint Movement
These days joint pain is common to everyone, not just elderly people. Hatha poses in yoga improves suppleness and mobility of the joints. It prevents arthritis and minor injury problems in the future.
Facilitates the Building of Bone Density
After a certain age, many people start losing bone density. However, it can be retained by the regular Hatha asanas practice. Even in most critical cases, it helps to improve the condition of the patient.
Has Lots of Mental Benefits
Yoga practice always alleviates the mood and refreshes the brain. It brings tranquility and harmony in the practitioner. Thus, it helps the brain to have clear and positive thoughts.
Besides, calm mind helps in insomnia, anxiety, and fatigue. Hatha Practice makes the practitioner happy from within.