Hatha yoga, the most ancient form of yoga is said to be disemminated by Lord Shiva himself. This Branch of yoga leads to balancing of Sun and moon, feminine and masculine enrgy or Ida and Pingla Nadi in the body. As yoga is a union, Hatha yoga is an extension to this union into a balance of bliss. Rishikesh, the birth place of yoga is known to house many saints and sages in its lap and offer the rejuvenating art of Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama. Purity of River Ganges flows like a lifeline in the city, offering respite from the sun’s heat. Hatha yoga in the presence of Ganges is a event only a few witness.
A wholesome art of rejuvenation and tranquality, Hatha Yoga is known to house eight limbs in its orbit to provide a all round approach. Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit, which means forcefully, by way of asanas or poses and breath, the practitioner aligns his body into most suitable form and postures. Working deeply wih multiple channels in the body, the poses nourishes the nerves, strengthens the muscles and robusts the bones.
The eight limbs of Hatha yoga are:
- Yama – the practitioner’s ethics
- Niyama - the rules to be observed everyday
- Asanas - the yoga postures
- Pranayama - the yogic breathing
- Pratyahara - the art of discipling the senses
- Dharna - the practice of introversion and concentration inwardly
- Dhyama - the art of meditation
- Samadhi - assimilation with the supereme power
Divided further, these eight limbs are a building stone of a yogis life. An practitioner is considered to adapt these teaching into his everyday life to fully understand the crux of yoga. As the philposophy emphasis that a man’s real aim to reach and assimilate with the divine, these steps will gradually lead him to fulfil his sole aim. All other desires and paths are a distraction that are designed to keep us entangled in the circle of life- our karma. Salvation is only possible if we go inside, as god resides in the inner recesses of our being and not in the exterior luxuries of the world.
A potent tool for transformation, this form is practiced by those who are seeking not just a physical form of exercise but desire to reach the pinnacles of wellness and positivity. Hatha Yoga Pradapika and many other books throw light on the art of Hatha yoga.
Yogi Prashant is a leanred teacher and the famous guru of Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh. Accquring his lessons and teaching skills under revered gurus, he has spent his whole life in ashrams as a yogi. Therefore he is known to be an adept teacher, a compassionate human being and a loving soul. Recognised for his dynamic teaching skills, he has an eye to understand his students head down, in one look. This enables him to impart knowledge based on the level of the group he his teaching. Connecting to all levels and people from all cultures, Prashant is the life of multiple teacher training courses and also impart personal classes.