Yoga Asanas are the ideal form of exercise for all body types and ages, because they balance the three Doshas, tone the muscles, and rejuvenate all the organs in the body.
Pranayama, or breathing exercises, are also good for restoring balance to mind & body.
Hatha Yoga, which dates back to the 15th century, combines the Sanskrit words ha, meaning “sun”, and tha, meaning “moon”. Together hatha means “force.” The word yoga means union. So Hatha Yoga is the yoga of force. It is the practicing of balancing opposing energies of the body: sun and moon, male and female, shiva and shakti, left and right, hot and cold. Hatha Yoga says that we unify these energies with physical postures, or asanas, breathing, or pranayama, and meditation. The objective is to still the mind and create balance, to purify and activate the energy centers of the body.
Hatha Yoga is one of the four main traditions of Tantra Yoga. The idea behind Hatha Yoga is that by stilling the mind using the tools of asanas and pranayama we are preparing ourselves for deep and long meditation. There are many benefits to Hatha Yoga. It relieves stress and promotes relaxation while also providing good physical exercise. As we learn and hold each pose, it teaches us to be fully present, aware of the breath. This is a powerful tool for self-transformation.
It’s always good to attend a yoga class, or a meditation class, to get together with a group and experience the practice together. “Sat” in Sanskrit means “Truth.” A Satsang is a gathering of people experiencing, or sharing Truth. A Satsang could be a lecture, or a discussion group. It could include music or food. A Satsang is good for our souls because it brings us together with like-minded people. Anytime we can come together in wisdom is good, especially in group meditations. And it is also our responsibility to provide opportunities for Satsangs for others, since we recognize the value for everyone.