Path to Enlightenment
The word hatha means “sun/moon or a balanced force” and yoga means “to yoke or join together” also, “union or integration.” Hatha Yoga then translates as “the joining or integration of pairs of opposites”, representing balance. The practice of Hatha Yoga is known as “the yoga of physical discipline”, focusing primarily on postures (asanas) and breathing to integrate the body and mind. As the body and mind merge, a place of stillness is found that draws one to the core of their being, where the source of all bliss can be experienced.
This ancient practice offers a variety of asanas created by observing the balance and harmony within nature. With an emphasis on proper body alignment, the practitioner of Hatha Yoga (yogi or yogini – male/female) is encouraged to move slowly into asanas that are held steady and at ease. In that place, where they have found a challenge but remain at ease, the yogi/ni allows for an inward focus (pratyahara) by observing the rhythm of their breath. Aware of their bodies sensations and internal actions, the yogi/ni experiences a gradual release, and in that centered place they receive the benefits of the pose. As the yogi/ni regulates their breath (pranayama) and learns concentration techniques (dharana), the body and mind are “joined” together and a deeper state of consciousness (dhyana) occurs. Some of the benefits of a consistent and dedicated yoga practice (sadhana) are: greater spine flexibility and joint mobility, increased muscle tone and strength, improved function of internal systems, enhanced focus and concentration, better management of mental and physical stress, the ability to surrender and relax deeply, and ultimately, the feeling of being connected and at peace. The ultimate experience of sadhana is the state of pure consciousness or enlightenment (samadhi) where the individual self becomes one with the Divine Self. Transcending the self leads one to a blissful state of ecstasy, peace and completion.
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