Hatha Yoga is a great way to fight stress
Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular forms of Yoga and is widely
practiced across the world by lay persons and Yogis alike. It considers
the physical form or the human body to be the vehicle for the soul, and
lays great importance on physical discipline.
The physical discipline is achieved through ‘asanas’ (postures),
‘pranayam’ (breathing exercises) and meditation. Through these
activities, the body is shaped into a perfect receptacle for spiritual
The ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayamas’ are used to power the energy channels
called the ‘nadis’. The ‘asanas’ help to develop will power,
concentration and self-withdrawal, and enable the practitioner of Hatha
Yoga to move closer towards Samadhi, which is the Yogic term for inner
peace and bliss.
The ‘asanas’, which are well thought-out physical exercises, make the
human body supple and fitter. They make the muscles stronger, energize
key organs, improve mind-body coordination and give the mind sufficient
strength to stay cool and relaxed in times of crises.
‘Pranayama’ is equally important to the practice of Hatha Yoga. It is
through these breathing exercises that you activate and channelise the
vital life energy (termed as ‘Prana’). When this vital energy travels
from the base of the spine to the top of the head, you can achieve
Samadhi -- the eternal bliss of inner peace and self-realization. This
canalization of ‘Prana’ is also termed as Kundalini Yoga, which is one of
the many branches of Yoga that has originated from Hatha Yoga.
The term ‘Hatha’ has been derived from the words ‘Ha’ and ‘Tha’; ‘Ha’
means ‘Sun’ and ‘Tha’ means ‘Moon’. In Yoga, the sun is perceived as
radiating positive energy while the moon radiates negative energy. Thus,
Hatha Yoga is based on the principle of a harmonizing union between the
pairs of opposites (positive and negative). Therefore, taken together,
the term ‘Hatha’ stands for 'union of force'.
The prolonged practice of Hatha Yoga can help you recognize that a divine
light shines within you. This awareness will make you stronger, more
flexible and relaxed. The relaxation exercises involved in practicing
Hatha Yoga opens the ‘nadis’ allowing your spiritual energy to flow
Hatha Yoga is a great way to rid yourself of stress, tension and anxiety.
It also helps you improve your overall health and fitness.