Nowadays, there are a variety of yoga styles. Different styles of yoga are invented for people’s needs, likes, dislikes, and latest trends. One of the most traditional, ancient, popular yoga is styles is Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga. And it’s very convenient for students also. It’s a bit painful for the first time, but after doing it day by day, you can gain control over your whole body. It is a yoga style on which other yoga styles belong to. It was practiced by monks basically.
The Hatha yoga asanas help to stimulate your internal organs.more postures under Hatha yoga were invented. Modern postures also help you to be strong and fit. The practice of Hatha yoga is basically the practice of asanas. Proper nutrition is very important for this yoga. The biggest advantage of this particular yoga is you can practice it at any age. Hatha means stubborn. It’s a very stubborn practice to maintain your mind, your body, and breathing. Some poses of Hatha yoga are – Tadasana, Badda Konasana, Sethu Bandasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana.
Hatha yoga is made of Six practices – Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Kriya and Mantra. We will discuss it further below.
Asanas are the exercise of yoga postures. According to the philosophy of yoga, there are 84 asanas as the main postures. Among 84 asanas, Shirshasana and Padmasan are the most important. Asana means a steady and comfortable pose. The purpose of asana is to remove physical and mental tensions. By the regular practice of asanas, you can adjust the postures and can accept the tension. Only then you can get the maximum effect for doing asanas.
Pranayama means expansion of life force. Pranayama helps you control your breathing. By practicing different kinds of breathing exercises, you can maximize your capacity to breathe and your holding power. Pranayama also helps to connect your breath and mind. Once you have control to hold the breath, you can hold your mind too.
Bandha means Locks. It mostly practices at the time of pranayama. There are three types of Bandha – Mool Bandha, Uddiyan Bandha, and Jalandhar Bandha. It controls the energies and your body too.
Mudra is basically hand gestures. The most commonly used mudras are Chin Mudra and Gyan Mudra. Our body consists of five elements – air, water, fire, space, and earth. Each finger means each element. You can combine those elements by touching the tip of the finger; you can change the energies in the body.
The word Kriya means Activity. Kriyas are cleansing exercise. Hatha Yoga has six cleansing exercises. By practicing Kriyas, you can cleanse your body from toxins and other impurities. It will help to boost the overall health and your body. You can able to control your body and mind, so your body has to be fit and healthy.
By chanting the Mantras regularly, your mind will be fresh and pure and make you calm. Your mind is less distracted for negative things. You have more control over your mind, and you can focus on the positive things and understand reality.
Hatha Yoga Benefits
- It improves your immune system
- It increases flexibility
- Keeps your nervous system healthy
- If you want to lose weight, then this is the best yoga for you.
- It helps for anti-ageing
- It helps to cleanse your body
Hatha yoga is the first step of yoga for students. So, it’s a bit time-consuming process You need to practice daily to make yourself master of the postures. You need to consult with your doctor before starting this first step of yoga.
This article is contributed by Ecole Globale International School.