Hatha Yoga: Physical Purification for Enlightenment!

Hatha yoga is the practice that most westerners associate with yoga. Hatha deals predominately with the purification and strengthening of the body.

With a stronger and healthier body, one is fit to practice raja yoga for its maximum benefits.

To sit still and meditate is quite difficult for long periods of time if one first hasn’t strengthened the body.

Hatha Yoga Jump

This path is strictly physical, and the one that most people take up first.

I however recommend jnana yoga be the first pursuit, because with true knowledge, one better understands the purpose of hatha.

This path focuses on strengthening the internal as well as external body, and to focus the mind on physical activity.

The benefits of practice include: reduced stress and anxiety, improved flexibility and coordination, greater relaxation, improved focus and concentration, greater sense of well-being and happiness.

Practice this path with Raja and see the benefits increased tenfold.

Hatha Yoga Pose

Remember that body strength and purification, though beneficial, is mostly symbolic.

As you purify and strengthen your physical body, strive to strengthen and purify your spiritual body. With realization through the other paths it becomes apparent that you are not a body but an eternal spirit.

The body will pass, but the real you can never die. Your conscious awareness does not die with the body, so as you strengthen your body, so should you elevate your spirit!

Jnana Yoga

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Return from Hatha Yoga to True Enlightenment

Enlightening Lotus

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
(Siddhartha Gautama)
(The Buddha)
563-483 B.C.

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