Hatha yoga is one of the popular forms of Yoga practiced in Malaysia. Most yoga schools that you come across would be teaching some form of hatha yoga.
Hatha yoga comprises a sequence of physical postures or asanas designed to align skin, muscle, and bone. These postures also help open up the many channels of the body (especially the spine) so that energy flows freely throughout the body.
The word Hatha is derived from two words:
- “Ha” meaning “sun”
- “Tha” meaning “moon”
This refers to the balance of the Masculine aspects (the Sun being hot and active) and the Feminine aspects (the Moon being cool and receptive) within all of us.
Hatha Yoga is also commonly translated to mean yoga that brings the union of opposite pairs. It is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites.
In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha Yoga is the basis for other styles of physical yoga. It prepares the body and mind for the more subtle practising of pranayama and meditation.
At a physical level, it increases the practitioner’s core strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, flow, concentration and endurance. It helps them heal existing injuries as well as prevent new ones.
Proper breathing techniques used in hatha yoga will help us to still the fluctuations of our minds and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.