Hatha Yoga

The prefix „ha“ stands for vital force/prana and „tha“ for mental force/chitta. The goal of hatha yoga is to establish balance between both forces so they unfold their entire strength and capacity.

The first thing that generally comes to mind when the word „hatha yoga“ is mentioned is asana (body postures). Authentic hatha yoga, however, consists of asanas and pranayamas (breathing techniques), mudras and bandhas (gestures and energy locks) and shatkarmas (cleansing techniques).

Through the correct application of these techniques the practitioner clears the body tissues, the nervous and endocrine system, the inner organs and the energetic network (nadis and chakras) of impurities and blockages. The outcome is harmony and health in the various body regions and mental clarity. Hatha yoga is therefore the basis for advanced meditation and chakra and kundalini sadhanas.

Literature: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha