In Sanskrit Ha means Sun, and Tha means Moon. The literal translation of hatha yoga is the Union of the Sun & the Moon. The sun designates the masculine, active, emissive principle, while the Moon corresponds to the feminine, passive, receptive aspect. Hatha represents a fundamental principle law of the entire universe, that of the constant interaction between two forces of opposite directions that are nevertheless complementary – a masculine, solar, Yang aspect & a feminine, lunar, Yin aspect.

 

by Austin

Hatha Yoga is taught in both the Integral Yoga course & the Intensive Tantra courses we offer. In this short article we hope to allow a deeper insight into how this specific form of yoga actually works according to the phenomenon of resonance, and how you can obtain profound, long lasting benefits from this practice.


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Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga for attaining perfect inner balance. It requires the performance of special body postures having complex beneficial effects (Asanas), deep relaxation, specific breathing exercises for maximum increase and control of subtle energies (Pranayama), fundamental purification techniques (Kriya), and mind focus techniques. Along with a proper diet (for gradually and completely eliminating all impurities and toxins) all these exercises together increase our vitality, provide perfect health, and help cure various diseases. Acting in this way our bodies and minds are completely purified, the practioner starts to gain control over their mind, and eventually reaches the final goal in yoga, which is Self realization.

 

In Sanskrit Ha means Sun, and Tha means Moon. The literal translation of hatha yoga is the Union of the Sun & the Moon. The sun designates the masculine, active, emissive principle, while the Moon corresponds to the feminine, passive, receptive aspect. Hatha represents a fundamental principle law of the entire universe, that of the constant interaction between two forces of opposite directions that are nevertheless complementary – a masculine, solar, Yang aspect & a feminine, lunar, Yin aspect.

So hatha yoga allows the yogi to identify these two fundamental forces inside their inner microcosm, as well as in the macrocosm. Full control of these forces will help them rise above duality and attain perfect harmony and balance, thus achieving the supreme consciousness.

 

In Hatha Yoga, spiritual perfection is attained by the mandatory accomplishment of eight successive stages:

·Yama & Niyama (the moral & ethical aspects of yoga)

·Asanas

·Pranayama

·Pratyahara (abstraction of the yogi’s being from the outer reality by the perfect control of the 5 senses, which allow the yogi to project their consciousness into other dimensions or universes)

·Dharana (concentration of the accumulated energies towards an object)

·Dhyana (meditation)

·Samadhi (divine ecstasy, bliss)

Hatha Yoga – the Union of the Sun & the Moon
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