Yoga is not a mere exercise to get health benefits; it is devotion towards achieving harmony between different state of body, mind and emotions. There are several styles and types of performing yoga; all origin from ancient philosophy, Hatha yoga is one of them.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Basically Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that emphasizes to attain maximum physical strength through several postures with mind exercises to get rid from stress and negativity. We can say Hatha yoga is a mechanics to drive all your energy to specific direction using body postures. In Sanskrit Hatha means force and it is believed that this yoga force all the negative vibes to out from mind and energy to get stored in the body.
Aasan and postures play a very important role in Hatha yoga. Basically, we can see that our body attains a specific posture in specific mood or emotion. We react differently in happiness, sadness, anger, depression, in every level of consciousness. This actually forced to the science of aasan. Deliberately getting your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness.
Features of Hatha yoga
Basically, every form of yoga has somehow same features. Hatha yoga focus on getting proper diet, different ways to completely purify the body, proper breathing and blood circulation particularly during the yoga practice, and the regular exercise routine consisting of asanas (body postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercise). It also includes sequences of Surya Namaskar or say sun salutation.
Goals of Hatha yoga
Hatha yoga aims to get in deeper dimensions of Meditation which allows higher possibility of energy. All the forms of yoga have traditionally the same philosophy and hatha yoga is no different from them. It particularly target to attain physical siddhi that means special power to the body, to become disease free, to overcome any physical challenge and to get spiritual liberation that means a balanced state of mind, which mostly remains in same condition in every situation.
Postures of Hatha yoga
Yoga is a very popular form of exercise across the globe. Particularly, techniques of Hatha yoga which result in mind relaxation, body flexibility, strength and personal concentration are admired globally.
Asanas and postures are only a way to cure specific parts of the body. There are more than 200 postures and asanas in Hatha yoga accompanied by Pranayama the breathing exercises and meditation.
Hatha yoga with time has developed in new styles and movements. Most of the postures of Iyengar Yoga are motivated from Hatha yoga.
The most beneficial postures of Hatha yoga are
Adho mukha svanasan, or downward facing dog, Tadasana, mountains pose which are standing pose. Baddha konasana, or cobbler’s pose, Paschmottanasana, or seated forward bend are sitting pose and Balasana, or child pose, Savasana, or corpse’s pose are resting pose.
The above Hatha yoga poses can be easily performed and learned. There are various certified yoga professional and trainers who teach yoga. If you also aspire to become yoga professional then you can enroll yourself in yoga teacher training Dharamshala which is one of the best schools of yoga present in India.