Hatha yoga is mainly practiced for health and vitality. Hatha Yoga was introduced in the 15th century by Yogi Swatmarama. Hatha yoga focuses on the purification of the physical being, which leads to the purification of the mind or the life energy. The exploration of these physical-spiritual connections and body-centered exercises led to the creation of Hatha Yoga. Today, Hatha Yoga has become very popular in the West as a purely physical exercise program that is separate from its original purpose.
Regardless of the historical details, Krishnamacharya is the undisputed father of modern hatha yoga. Krishnamacharya's first yoga class was given by his father and grandmother and passed down through generations.
Hatha Yoga follows in this sense and that successfully overcomes the special anchoring in a religion. This exploration of these physical and spiritual connections and body-centered practices led to the creation of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga has been incorporated into the lifestyle of these traditions. Hatha yoga classes emphasize, among other things, physical control.
Hatha also means strength or determined effort, and of course yoga means yoke or mating. The name Hatha Yoga, a combination of "ha" (sun) and "tha" (moon), denotes the union of opposites. By practicing yoga, a person can receive information about physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Hatha Yoga presents opposite energies: hot and cold, fire and water according to the motto Ying and Yang, male and female, positive and negative. Hatha Yoga tries to balance body and mind. The balance of mind and body is achieved through physical exercises (also known as asanas), controlled breathing (pranayama) and relaxation or meditation.
Pranayama returns to breath control in yoga. In this sense, yoga is defined as a means of binding or controlling the breath and mind using the syllable Om. In this case, yoga has extremes, fasting practices, breath control and postures to transcend the body rather than to cultivate it. Asana postures that are contemplative in nature and aim to align the body and create the optimal situation for relaxation.
Traditional yoga is a holistic yoga path and is becoming increasingly popular.