• Sonal Agrawal

An Introduction To Hatha Yoga

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Hatha Yoga, which actually signifies "association through order of power", is a school of Yoga that burdens dominance of the body as a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. . Hatha Yoga has grown in popularity in the West as a form of exercise that develops strength, flexibility, bodily relaxation, and mental concentration.

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Hatha yoga has become a popular form of exercise throughout many parts of the world. It’seasy accessibility and focus on health and well-being has allowed it to play an important role in counteracting the many negative effects of a rapidly changing world.


Hatha yoga has changed a lot since its conception. When it was created, it was a total life philosophy that incorporated how we relate to our world, to ourselves and how we can attain inner peace. Most agree that the original writings were Patanjali Maharishi yoga sutras, 196 sutras (aphorisms) written in Sanskrit in around 400 AD. In his work, Patanjali describes hatha yoga as consisting of eight limbs, or disciplines, and referred to it as the eightfold path. Other texts over the years have referred to hatha yoga, but Patanjali’s sutras are the most recognized.

Two well-known schools of yoga were derived directly from Patanjali’s sutras: the schools of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught in India from 1924 until his death in 1989, and Swami Sivananda, who died in 1963. Today’s modern styles, including ashtanga, iyengar, yin, power, vinyasa, restorative, jivamukti, kundalini, moksha and bikram, have these two teachers as their origins.

No matter how old yoga itself is, the Hatha yoga practices and asanas that accompany it are contested at length too. Chris Tompkins - with three degrees in religion and Sanskrit, whom lectures and leads courses widely about yoga – teaches that the suryanamaskar (sun salutation) practices of Hatha yoga originated from the ancient Vedic texts and were practised by yogis. These texts date back to 1700 BC, but others such as Mallinson and Singleton state that no one other than ascetics were practising yoga until the 20th century.

According To Elate Experts following are the benefits of Hatha Yoga:

  1. Salubrious Body and Proper Functioning Organs: Hatha Yoga is one of the effective toxin-eliminating yoga styles that purifies the vital organs, stretches the muscles of the body, and tones the abdominal organs ensuring a robust wellness along with an enhanced musculoskeletal system and improved circulatory functions.

  2. Quiet and Peaceful Mind: Hatha Yoga Vidya consolidates the act of yoga asanas that bring down the production of cortisol-the stress causing hormone in the body. The Pranayama practices control the key pointers of stress like hypertension bringing the body quiet and mind to rest.And, the meditation techniques are avowed for its miraculous power to still the fluctuations of the mind (Chitta Vritti Nirodha).

  3. Better Cardiovascular Fitness: The regular performance of Hatha Yoga postures keep the health problem of Hypertension in check- the leading cause of heart diseases. Also, the Hatha yoga diminishes the episodes of anginal pain, improves the blood flow to the heart and heals the lesion on the heart for its better functioning

  4. Greater Bone Density: The Tree present, Triangle pose, Warrior series of Hatha Yoga style are weight-bearing yoga asanas urging the experts to convey their body weight on hands and legs subsequently assembling bone density and reversing bone loss in the patients of osteoporosis and osteopenia. The postures significantly build bone mass in the spine and femur as well.

  5. Enhanced Core Strength: Hatha yoga style is well-known for its ability to provide core strength. The core is the center of the body entrusted with the task to keep us strong, functional, and away from diseases. Core strength is needed in maximum in the playing of diverse sports. Poses like Boat (Navasana), Downward Dog (Adho-Mukha Svanasana), Plank pose (Kumbhakasana), etc., fortify the external obliques, condition the hips, strengthen the paraspinal, and assist in diverse movements

  6. Improved Oxygenation: The excess of anything is bad, goes the popular saying. However, some exceptions stand out. When talking about oxygenation, more is good. The practice of shoulder stand, headstand reverses the blood and oxygen flow directing it towards each and every organ. This results in greater oxygen supply necessary for the optimal functioning of the organs. Pranayama is another yogic way of improving the Oxygen intake for feeling fresh and energetic.

According to Elate Yoga experts, Hatha yoga practice rewards the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the individuals. By granting a strong body, clear mind, heightened awareness, improved focus, and balanced energies, this yoga form promises a complete overall and perfect well-being of the practitioners. Contact experts for overall wellbeing.

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