What is Hatha Yoga?


Sadhguru: In the tradition, once we use the word “yoga” attached to anything, it indicates that it is a complete path by itself. “Hatha” has the word “yoga” attached to it because hatha yoga is a complete path by itself. If it is a complete path by itself, how it should be approached is the question. If it was just a simple practice, you can approach it one way. If it was an exercise, you could have approached it another way. If it was an art form, it could be approached another way. Or if it is just entertainment, it could be approached another way.

I am using all these examples because all these things have been said about yoga, and they are still in usage in today’s world. People say “recreational yoga,” “health yoga”– people are referring to it as an art form. They think they are doing yoga a service by calling it an art form. No. The moment you attach the word “yoga,” it indicates it is a complete path by itself.

In most Indian languages, in common usage, the word “hatha” means being adamant. This is the quality that you will need. Your body says, “Enough, I had it.” But you are adamant. This is hatha yoga. Your mind says, “I give up, I can’t do this anymore.” But you are adamant, you simply do it. We want to take the physical form beyond its present levels of limitations. In a way, hatha yoga means you want to make your comfort zone universal. Right now, for most people, their comfort zone is a very small band. If you make your comfort zone universal, wherever you are, however you are, you are at ease. If I make you stand on your head, you are still at ease. Hell will not work for you; you are adamant enough to frustrate the devil!

Hatha yoga is about creating a body which is not a hurdle in one’s life. The body becomes a stepping stone—not a hurdle, not a roadblock—in one’s progress of blossoming into his ultimate possibility.

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Monica
"After I started doing Angamardhana, I experienced some significant physical changes. I feel very energetic and ready to take on the day! I surely recommend this to all those who are on the fence in taking a plunge into yoga, which helps one physically and mentally!" 

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2017-07-25T14:07:09+00:00

- Monica Tata, COO, BTVI, Business Broadcast News Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai.

Monica
"After I started doing Angamardhana, I experienced some significant physical changes. I feel very energetic and ready to take on the day! I surely recommend this to all those who are on the fence in taking a plunge into yoga, which helps one physically and mentally!" 
Kalpana
"I have derived immense physical and psychological benefits from Isha Hatha Yoga practices. I don’t miss out on Surya Kriya, which keeps me very energetic and alive the whole day no matter how many hours I am up. I feel blessed when my breath awareness is heightened during these practices. Truly fortunate to receive this tool!" 

- Kalpana Kiran Maniar,CIO & President, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd.

2017-07-25T14:08:56+00:00

- Kalpana Kiran Maniar,CIO & President, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd.

Kalpana
"I have derived immense physical and psychological benefits from Isha Hatha Yoga practices. I don’t miss out on Surya Kriya, which keeps me very energetic and alive the whole day no matter how many hours I am up. I feel blessed when my breath awareness is heightened during these practices. Truly fortunate to receive this tool!" 
Sadashiv-Rao
"I started doing Hatha Yoga at the age of 43 years. My body was rigid. A few years after doing Isha Hatha Yoga, I became flexible enough to run marathons with just a few days of practice. Body aches and tiredness are things of the past. Energy levels are at a high level throughout the day. The need for sleep has reduced from 8 to 9 hours a day to less than 7 hours. The body has not been a stumbling block for any activity, however strenuous. Body, mind, emotion and energy are in sync and there is complete balance and mental clarity with no stress!" 

- Sadashiv S. Rao,Chief Executive Officer, IDFC Infrastructure Finance Limited.

2017-07-25T14:09:55+00:00

- Sadashiv S. Rao,Chief Executive Officer, IDFC Infrastructure Finance Limited.

Sadashiv-Rao
"I started doing Hatha Yoga at the age of 43 years. My body was rigid. A few years after doing Isha Hatha Yoga, I became flexible enough to run marathons with just a few days of practice. Body aches and tiredness are things of the past. Energy levels are at a high level throughout the day. The need for sleep has reduced from 8 to 9 hours a day to less than 7 hours. The body has not been a stumbling block for any activity, however strenuous. Body, mind, emotion and energy are in sync and there is complete balance and mental clarity with no stress!" 

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