What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga principally refers to all movement-based aspects of yoga. Yoga asanas or postures that form the core of Hatha Yoga are a way of manipulating the body and generating energies to achieve harmony within. “Ha” referring to Sun and “Tha” referring to Moon in Hatha Yoga are to denote the coming together of the opposites. A discipline practiced to prepare the body and mind for a higher consciousness, Hatha Yoga is believed to harmonize conflicting impulses and emotions. While there are innumerable postures that your body can perform, fundamentally, there are 84 recognized asanas of Hatha.
Our Hatha Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is a study of the Primary Series of these asanas along with know-how of its mental and spiritual significances. Today yoga has been adapted into different stylistics, giving birth to a number of improvised and hybrid forms. But our goal is to preserve the original approaches of the thousand years old asana forms of Hatha Yoga as formulated in the seminal Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Swatmarama because we believe that the multiple lifestyle benefits for which yoga is considered an alternative science can only be transmitted through its original form.
Find out what our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training entails:
- Surya Namaskar with Mantra Awareness-Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 yoga postures, each to be performed physically in connection with a mantra which is to be recited mentally at the time of sunrise to bring about complete spiritual realization.
- SukshmaVyama-SukshmaVyama refers to “subtle yoga” techniques which are meant to revitalize your glands and joints. Each SukshmaVyama sequence at the maximum is only 7 minutes long and you are free to perform it anywhere, anytime to experience immediate relaxation. At our Hatha Yoga teacher training course, you will not only be trained in the many different subtle yoga exercises but also present you with an explanation of their mechanics according to yogic science.
- Standing, Sitting, Kneeling, Lying, and Supine Series of Asanas- This series of postures along with controlled breathing form the core exercise routine of Hatha Yoga training. Continued practice of these asanas has a variety of health benefits. Though Hatha in Indian languages means willful or forceful, the postures included in this series are suitable for a gentle introduction to yoga.
- Inversion Series of Asanas- Nourishing neurons and flushing out toxins, the inversion series of asanas encourage blood flow to the brain. The main benefits of inversion are reduced stress and anxiety, boosted mental power and concentration, and massaging of the abdominal organs facilitating better digestive capability.
- Asana Benefits and Contraindications- A valuable part of your Hatha Yoga teacher training course will be learning about the mechanics of yoga and how each posture is beneficial. Regarding the same, you will be made aware of contraindications of the physical state in which performing certain asanas could mean harm. As a prospective teacher, you must know about contraindicative asanas of particular physical conditions like—asthma, back injury, diarrhea, blood pressure, insomnia, and so on.
Whom Is Hatha Yoga Meant For?
Hatha Yoga is the first stepping stone for any beginning yoga learner. Encompassing a series of basic physical exercises, it attunes the practitioner to breathe regulation with movement and prepares them to delve deeper into the significances of yoga.
Enroll for our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training if-
- You are a beginner in yoga and looking for an introduction to intensive yoga immersion.
- Your postures are less than perfect and you need to correct them with proper adjustment-alignment.
- You are looking to get an insight into the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
- You are interested in understanding the right ways to integrate breath with movement in your yoga practice.