Hatha Yoga, or Hatha Vidya, has gained in popularity since its inception in India in the 15th Century by Yogi Swatmarama. If you are looking to cleanse and purify the body in order to make it ready for a higher level of spirituality then this yoga is for you.
It’s sad to say that in such a materialistic world many forget about spiritual maturity or attaining enlightenment, all they want is a slim and fit body. There’s nothing wrong with being healthy and fit but a far greater endeavour is mastery over ourselves. The word Hatha literally means the joining of energies, specifically that of the sun and the moon. Sun coming from the word ‘Ha’ and moon from the word ‘Tha’. So we have ‘sun’ and ‘moon’, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, the unifying of two opposites.
All age groups and people can enjoy the benefits of Hatha Yoga. There is a book written for everyone. Most are aimed at pregnant women and helping them get through childbirth but there are also books for young children and the elderly.
A good book will always have illustrated Hatha Yoga poses. A picture is worth a thousand words and it is so much easier to copy the movements when you can see them clearly in front of you. If you forget some of the poses you can always return to the book to remind yourself of how to do them.
We find that Hatha Yoga in particular focuses on the purifying, strengthening and cleansing of the body. In this way the body can draw in finer energies. help you with meditation and connect with higher aspects of yourself. You will see you to do all the exercises, in addition to purifying the internal organs and learning Pranayama, or breathing exercises.
The Hatha Yoga Poses are taught in a sequence so that one easier, beginner pose will lead into a more difficult, more advanced pose. It’s handy to have a book that shows you illustrated Hatha Yoga poses as a reference guide. That way you will never be unsure about how to correctly perform the movements.