Hatha Yoga


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Hatha Yoga is a type of yoga described by Yogi Swatmarama, a Hindu sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Our hatha yoga Singapore masters think that this form of yoga the aim of Hatha Yoga is physical, psychic and mental health. Please contact us for more details about hatha yoga Singapore classes.

Hatha is a Sanskrit term which refers to the use of persistence or force, and haṭhayoga is translated by the Monier-Williams dictionary as “a kind of forced Yoga or abstract meditation (forcing the mind to withdraw from external objects; treated of in the Haṭha‐pradīpikā by Svātmārāma and performed with much self‐torture, such as standing on one leg, holding up the arms, inhaling smoke with the head inverted.).”

When Hatha Yoga was introduced by Swatmarama he said it is the preparatory stage after which body will be prepared for higher meditation or yoga.It is based breathing techniques, also known as shatkarma. As opposed to the traditional practice, physical focus on Yoga became popular in the west beginning in the second half of the 20th century, and is often referred to simply as “Hatha Yoga” in the context of health and physical exercise

Origins of Hatha Yoga

According to believe, Lord Shiva is credited with propounding hatha yoga. It is said that on a lonely island, assuming nobody else would hear him, he gave the knowledge of hatha yoga to Goddess Parvati, but a fish heard the entire discourse. Lord Shiva took mercy on the fish (Matsya) and made him a siddha, who came to be known as Matsyendranaatha. Matsyendranaatha taught hatha yoga to Chaurangi, a limbless man who was given hands and feet by Matsyendranaatha just by looking at him. Hatha Yoga Pradipika mentions Adi Natha, Matsyendranath, Gorakshanath and many other yogis who became famous hatha yogis.

Many modern schools of hatha yoga derive from the school of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught from 1924 until his death in 1989. Another major stream of influence was Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963) and his many disciples including, among others, Swami Vishnu-Devananda – founder of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers; Swami Satyananda – of the Bihar School of Yoga; and Swami Satchidananda – of Integral Yoga.

Concept of Hatha Yoga

The hatha yoga predominantly practiced in the West consists of mostly asanas understood as physical exercises. It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice

Hatha represents opposing energies: positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or “asanas”, purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. However if an individual has too much phlegm or fat then purification procedures are a necessity before undertaking pranayama