The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises known as asanas or postures, these sequences of asanas, designed to align your body are synchronized with aware and controled breathing patterns called pranayama.
The postures are also designed to open the energy channels, in particular the spinnal cord so the energy can flow freely.
Hatha Yoga asks us to bring attention to the breath, which helps us to still the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. Achivieng balance between body and mind.
Hatha Yoga frees the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind by sinchronizing the physical poses or Asanas, with the breathing control or pranayama.
Pranayama is derived from the words “prana” (life-force or energy source) and “ayama” (to control). It is the science of breath control. This is an important part of Hatha Yoga because the yogis of old times believed that the secret to controlling one’s mind can be unlocked by controlling one’s breath. The practice of Pranayama can also help unleash the dormant energies inside our body.
The practice of Hatha Yoga can help you recognize any hidden physical and mental potentials. Through the continued performance of Asanas, you will gain flexibility and strength, and learn to be more relaxed under otherwise stressful situations.
Hatha yoga poses also massage and tone your internal organs, helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension. They also bring balance to internal and glandular functions. Pranayama, on the other hand, can help manage asthma and bronchitis.
The duration of inhalation, retention, and exhalation of breath is regulated with the aim of strengthening and cleansing the nervous system and increasing a person’s source of life energy. Pranayama practice also makes the mind calmer and more focused.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation, one conscious breath at a time.