If you end up in a yoga class in which Hatha Yoga is taught as traditionally as possible, as well as in origin works such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika (from the 14th century), then you practice Hatha Yoga. And if you end up in one of the yoga classes in which the most varied of colorful yoga styles, such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti, or Yin Yoga, are taught, then you also practice Hatha Yoga, just change a little. 

“Hatha Yoga, isn’t that the yoga style where you keep the exercises for so long?” I often hear this sentence and then think “Yes, but not entirely.” What makes hatha yoga so difficult to define is that its term is used today for two definitions:

 

If you end up in a yoga class in which Hatha Yoga is taught as traditionally as possible, as well as in origin works such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika (from the 14th century), then you practice Hatha Yoga. And if you end up in one of the yoga classes in which the most varied of colorful yoga styles, such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti, or Yin Yoga, are taught, then you also practice Hatha Yoga, just change a little.

So Hatha Yoga is a constantly evolving style of yoga that continually adapts to people’s current needs and tries not to forget the important traditional essences.

What is hatha yoga?
Since Hatha Yoga is very old, its origins are lost in the darkness of history. It probably originated around the 9th century AD and had its heyday from the 10th to the 15th century. What is certain is that it is not a self-developed philosophy, but is based entirely on the thoughts of Tantrism. It was developed to make the subtle teachings of consciousness of Tantra tangible.

The Tantra is a spiritual path of practice, which involves the body with – which was revolutionary! Short philosophical excursion: According to the tantric picture, our body is traversed by energy paths (Nadis) through which our life energy (Prana) flows. The three most important energy pathways in our body are Ida, Pingala and Susumna. Ida and Pingala stand for two opposing energies in us and wind up the spine around Susumna. On their way they meet at seven points in our body and form centers with a large potential of life energy (chakras).

With this knowledge, the translation of Hatha Yoga from Sanskrit can also be understood. “Ha” stands for the sun and “tha” for the moon. The term yoga itself is roughly translated as merging. So Hatha Yoga means bringing together the pairs of opposites in us, bringing together the two opposing energies in us, which can then ascend the spine through the middle energy pathway Susumna and lead to enlightenment – also known as the rise of Kundalini.

“The liberation or enlightenment, of which we are talking here, means a release from the tight bonds of individual becoming in the mind and body in the outer world and the return – better the dissolution – into the immeasurable vastness of the divine original ground.”

So this is the goal of all Hatha Yoga techniques: to bundle and direct our energies and thus make it possible to free the energy pathways from blockages.

Various physical and internal exercises are practiced to achieve this:

After our long history, hatha yoga did not reach us in the west until the 20th century. We owe the well-known yogis such as Swami Kuvalayananda , Swami Shivananda and Sri Krishnamacharya . Since then, it has been continuously modified and adapted to our needs, resulting in the many yoga styles known today. However, some teachers try to transport the tradition into modern times and offer Hatha Yoga, as it has been handed down in traditional works such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika or the Gheranda Samhita (originated in the 17th century).

What you can expect from a Hatha Yoga class:
Traditional Hatha Yoga classes are characterized by very round classes. The physical exercises are given as much weight as the breathing and cleansing exercises, meditation and the other components of Hatha Yoga (see above). The often demanding asanas are held for a long time and there is always time in small relaxation phases to trace the physical and energetic effects of the exercises. Nowadays, many hatha yoga teachers also teach in Vinyasa style, which in principle also came from Hatha Yoga. Music is deliberately avoided in order not to distract the perception and to give the attention the chance to turn from the outside in. All of this is clearly aimed at influencing your energy body.

Who is Hatha Yoga suitable for?

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