Hatha yoga positions

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The fundamentals of Hatha

Hatha Yoga postures combine two components, namely willfulness or active determination and balance of sun and moon elements of the human body. Thus, one can safely assume that Hatha yoga positions are designed to place the body in structures that help build focus and strength. both on the anatomical and mental planes.

Hatha postures to lend grace

Steadiness and consistency are the basic features of any given Hatha posture as witnessed by those who take up practice regularly. The way in which a posture is held by maneuvering a yoga practitioner’s structure determines the level of balance achieved between the ‘Ha’ or activation and Tha’ or passiveness of Hatha Yoga. No wonder then, that Hatha Yoga asanas make one look divinely graceful. These include seated, supine, prone, standing, bending, twisting and balancing postures as well as inversions and arm balances at an advanced stage.

Hatha positions bring muscle an joint activation

Hatha Yoga positioning being aimed at achieving maximum flexibility and strengthening of muscles and joints. the poses are designed in a specific manner. Placing the anatomical structure in a way that makes way for increased awareness of each and every element of human existence be it physical, mental, physiological or spiritual. This awareness grounds one emotionally and bodily helping transcend stress factors inherent in modern day lifestyles.

What is a Hatha yoga sequence for beginners ?

Today we witness different schools of Yoga putting forth their own unique ways of creating sequences by combining a set of poses. The relaxed pace that a Hatha Yoga sequence offers makes it ideal to be taken up those stepping into the realm of Yoga. Every Hatha Yoga posture requires you to hold it steady for a few breaths which is a great way to know an asana with its key alignments.

Keeping in mind the need for a beginner to adapt his or her body gradually into the practice, various combinations of positions can be tried out culminating in flow that connects one asana to another. A sample could be starting out in Tadasan or standing pose with arms raised, bending forward into Uttanasan, taking the right leg back to rest the knee down,in a low lunge, drawing back into the Mountain or Parvatasan, bringing the right leg forward in a low lunge and finally bringing the left leg forward to finish in Uttanasan and Tadasan.

This would be simplest of sequences for beginers with which to begin. Every position that brings one into a posture has its own breath pattern both while in transition and while holding the asana.

What is Hatha yoga best postures ?

While one may make progress, as their practice continues and ushers in increased flexibility and strength, thus discovering a plethora of best hatha postures, a beginner is advised to explore few basic postures.

These may include Tadasana, Vrikshasana (Tree) Uttanasan (forward fold) Balasan (child pose) Setu Bandhasan (Bridge) Shalabhasan (Locust). These asanas lend the required elasticity to various parts of the body leading to deeper practice.

Challenging yourself for a deeper practice

In order to move further into the nuances of a more intense practice, you need to challenge yourself. Hatha Yoga postures create the ideal opportunity to slowly move to the edge wherein a deeper stretch can be experienced within safety limits.  After warming up adequately one can add on new or unexplored postures to challenge oneself.Visualising yourself as strong and steady in a pose can also help in this direction. Withdrawal from sensory organs or Pratyahara is another method with which to move beyond the ordinariness of a Hatha practice. Drawing in focus from the external to the breath and sensations while in a particular asana can work wonders.

In conclusion, Hatha Yoga postures and positions can lend themselves to endless possibilities of gaining pliability, vitality and vigor so very necessary in maintaining wholistic health.

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