Yoga For The People
In terms of pure popularity, Hatha yoga is the yoga for the people. Hatha yoga poses are called Asanas. The
Asanas are used in combination with meditation and the breathing techniques known as Pranayama. Together they work
the body to improve strength and flexibility as well as overall health, which is one of the reasons it is so
Hatha has been around since 15th century India when a yogic sage, Swami Swatamarama, detailed Hatha Yoga
Pradipika, one of the most important yoga texts. The original intent of this form of yoga was to help support relaxation of the body and to support the "contemplation of one
reality." Many of the classic Hatha yoga poses that were used at its inception are still in use today.
Of the eight limbs of yoga, Hatha focuses mostly on the third, which is Asana, and the fourth, which is
Pranayama. These pose and posture techniques coupled with the breathing patterns are used to clear out your body’s
energy channels, known as the Nadis. This, in turn, removes obstacles that could hamper other limbs helping to
improve your well being.
Before beginning your journey into Hatha yoga, you need to be prepared. There are some basic tips that can help
you have an easier, more effective, and safer experience as you begin this "yoga for the people" style.
First, remember to breathe normally throughout the poses. Your breaths should be deep and smooth. Try to feel
your diaphragm opening and expanding as you switch from one posture to another. Hatha rarely, if ever, uses the
shorter and harder yoga breathing, so maintain smooth and deep breathing.
Concentrate on your breathing. One of the big focuses in this particular yoga is the breathing which leads to much of the mental health benefits. Use the exercise to
relax and become at peace with yourself, allowing you to live in the moment this is what Hatha
yoga poses are intended to do for you.
Second, do not force any of the stretch positions. Start with the easier ones and make sure you are moving
easily and naturally into each pose and that you are holding it for 15 to 30 seconds. This will ensure that you get
the most out of your yoga and minimize your risk of injury. Be patient with your body and do not attempt the more
difficult poses until you are sure you are ready.
Hatha has been in practice for over 600 years. Longevity like that is rare even in yoga, and can be a sign of
success and true belief. If you are considering this "yoga for the people" approach, then remember: never strain, take the time to make sure you are
ready for a given pose, and to concentrate heavily on your breathing. Following these tips will help you to
attain the superior mental and physical well being that Hatha is said to provide.