The Essence of Hatha Yoga

"Yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self."


What is Yoga
The word of Yoga is derived from Sanskrit language meaning to unite, or to join. Its ultimate aim is to experience wholeness, unity and harmony within oneself and with the universe. The three main principles of Yoga are postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana). Practising these three disciplines can calm down the mind thereby the mind become still and silent. When the mind is completely still, we can experience a sense of inner bliss which is our true nature. Specific benefits of yoga include higher energy levels, improved immunity, more restful sleep, better digestion, greater range of movement, a stronger body and a more balanced outlook on life. 

The heart of Yoga
The essence of yoga is Awareness and the heart of yoga is Breath Awareness. Breath awareness is the bridge between the mind and the body. It encourages us reside completely in the present moment. By learning to observe and bring full attention to our breathing, we can acquire a heightened awareness of the needs of body, mind and spirit. As a matter of fact, the most useful practice from yoga is to be consciously aware of the natural movement of our breath. With a full and easy breath, our physical body is refreshed, cleansed, nourished and restored. Our emotional and mental life is more balanced.  Breathing effectively is vital to our wellbeing and breathing well is the first step towards living well.  

Unity in diversity
There are many types and styles of yoga. Although the structure and methods can be different, it is vital to remember the end purpose of its practice is essentially the same: a union. If you are new to yoga, it is important to learn from the basic and its fundamentals in order to have a right understanding of what yoga is all about and learn its entirety. 

"Start to learn the most important thing in your life: Yourself" 

Meditation

The goal of meditation is to purify your mind. Meditation helps you to see things as they truly are, not as they appear to be. It is about understanding yourself and experiencing truth from within. Meditation teaches us to be aware of everything that comes to you and is happening to you. It is your personal practice to know who you really are. Many people nowdays find meditation is very benefical and they practiced meditation to develop peace from within and live a harmonious life. 


Meditation is an exercise in awareness, and one way to develop such awareness is by    observing natural breath. The effort is not to control the breath but instead to remain conscious of it as it naturally is: long or short, heavy or light, rough or subtle. For as long as possible one fixes the attention on the breath, without allowing any distractions to break the chain of awareness. When we notice the mind has wandered away, patiently and calmly we bring it back again. As such, meditation requires a continuity of practice and great determination to realize its full benefits. It is an individual practice that aims for self-liberation and freedom from suffering. 


"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom" - Aristotle