Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Hatha Yoga - Classical View

Hatha Yoga - Classical View

In last message we saw the basic definition of Hatha Yoga and also looked briefly in to the various schools of Yoga .Today we will go in to deeper aspects of Hatha Yoga and how it is viewed in the Classical Texts .Traditionally Hatha Yoga is viewed purely as a spiritual practice and it was not restricted just to physical practice but to rouse the inner power called the "Kundalini Shakthi" . Hatha is composed of 2 words Ha and Tha meaning sun /moon , yin /yang , prana / apana etc .Basically according to Classical Texts Hatha Yoga is the union of 2 pposite energies : prana/apana at the base of the spine in muladhar chakra and due to that arousing the serpent power called " Kundalini " and taking it to sahasrar or Crown Chakra .This process is done by first purifying the body through Kriyas or Yogic cleansing exercises and then doing doing asanas and pranayama to purify the nadis ( or nerve channels ) and once purified to awaken the energey and take it to the higher levels through Bandhas ( Yogic Locks ) .All details about how to purify the body through yogic kriyas , asanas , pranayama and awaken the energy through yogic locks called Bandhas are documented in the Classical text : Hatha Yoga Pradipika .This is the text of Hatha Yogis .But we must remember that Hatha Yoga Pradipika gives the basic guidelines but it must be practised under the guidance of a teacher in real life and in an ashram like environment .In the Sivananda System there is a course Called " Sadhana Intensive " that is of 2 weeks duration and is fully modelled on the Sadhana aspect of Hatha Yoga Pradipika and it is only for those who are serious in doing Yoga Sadhana and who have done their Teacher certification in Sivananda System .

More details in my next message .


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