Traditional Hatha yoga asana practice is considered the most ancient form of yoga asana practice. This should not be mistaken for the current trend of yoga asana practice which generally focusses on the toning and stretching of the musculoskeletal system (reference: Hatha Yoga for Teachers and Practitioners). Though these benefits can also be achieved through Hatha yoga asana practice, that is not the main goal; only a side effect. In Hatha yoga, you perform the asanas slowly and with great awareness on the body. The goal of this way of performing the asanas is to reach a steady and comfortable state of mind and body (Sthira Sukham Asanam). With practice and progression through these asanas, you increase flexibility of your mind and body to maintain your state of calm and equanimity.
“The goal of performing the Hatha yoga asanas is to reach a steady and comfortable state of mind and body (from Hatha Yoga Pradipika).”
Sequence of Hatha yoga: The basic sequence includes breathing exercises, warm-up exercises, yoga poses and a final relaxation. The sequence of Hatha yoga is such that we strive to maintain a balance between yin and yang i.e. relaxed and stressed state by consciously switching between them. In this way, students improve their body awareness especially when they encounter stressful situations.
Hatha yoga also gives importance to exercising the internal organs of our body. This includes the heart, lungs and also the endocrine glands which maintain the vital functions of our body for example digestion, sleep, vitality and blood circulation.
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