Wednesday, 27 August 2014
The word hatha means determined or persuasive. Hatha yoga refers to a set of substantial exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, planned to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—mainly the main channel, the spine—so that vigor can flow freely.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha denotation "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and womanly aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our substantial bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.