Goal & Benefits of Hatha Yoga
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the most authoritative scripture of hatha yoga,
opens by telling us that for those who cannot practice yoga (means raja yoga and
implies those who cannot meditate successfully and therefore cannot control
their mind) should practice hatha yoga. The "raison d'etre" for this practice is
to enable the practitioner to control his mind through techniques aimed at
controlling the physical body and the prana or vital force.
So Many Styles, So Little Time
It is very confusing to the beginner to discover that there are so many yogas (see the four paths to understand how they fit together) but that one given yoga such as hatha yoga can have many different flavors or styles. All techniques can be divided into two categories: the traditional (very old) and modern.
You may have heard of Sivananda yoga, Integral yoga, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, Power yoga and many more.
In the Advaita Yoga Ashrama we practice yoga according to the tradition of Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and Sri Swami Vishnu-devananda who was one of the great hatha yoga masters of the 20th century.
Theory of Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga is a tantric discipline that aims at awakening and raising the
kundalini sakti. Kundalini sakti is that infinite divine power that dwells at
the bottom of the spine. This awakening is done by uniting (yoga) ha (the sun,
active, heating energy, prana) with tha (the moon, passive, cooling energy,
More than just Asanas
Hatha yoga is a full spiritual development system and it is a common mistake
to just isolate one or two techniques out of this system.
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