Hatha Yoga – Complete System

Hatha Yoga is about more than just practicing the yoga postures (asanas). It is important to practice the different techniques of the system that will help one reach the highest goal; union with God/Goddess.

Yamas: they are similar to the yamas of ashtanga yoga but with a few additions. These, in combination with the niyamas, are the ethical precepts which constitute the foundation of the spiritual edifice. One cannot be a yogi or yogini and ignore the practice of these virtues.

Niyamas: these are also similar to the niyamas of ashtanga yoga with a few extras.

Kriyas: the cleansing practices. Many of the subtle benefits of the following practices will only take place when physical purification has occurred to an advanced degree. There are six traditional kriyas to be practiced regularly by the hatha yogi. An example of these would be jala neti. This particular technique involves using a neti pot.

Asanas: the most popular aspect of the yoga body of teachings, especially in the Western world. The asanas are deceptively powerful and far ranging in their healing benefits.

Pranayamas: breathing techniques. Pranayama aims at capturing the prana from its main vehicle, the air. Then the prana is controlled and directed in certain areas of the psychic system where it is manipulated as well as stocked for future use.

Bandhas: locks. The bandhas complement the practice of pranayama by locking the prana in certain areas of the psychic system.

Mudras: seals. The mudras are sealing the prana.

Dhyana: meditation. There are specific hatha yoga meditation methods such as chakra meditation with visualizations, absorption on the inner sound (nada) and more. In the shiva-shakti yoga ashrama the practice of japa (mantra repetition) is combined with meditation as the main technique; but other specific techniques are used as a complement now and then.


About ~Gurudevi

Gurudevi Ma, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda The path of yoga is meant to be practiced as a devotional experience in loving God and the Goddess in all manifestions. In the teachings of yoga a student is a yogi or yogini; man or woman. Spiritual teachers may be referred to as gurudev or gurudevi. I am grateful to my personal guru, Premavatar Paramahansa Yogananda, and other great masters who have assisted me. It is a blessing to practice and teach yoga. Wherever we are, is where we should blossom. God/dess is everywhere." Aum

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