More on hatha yoga

We’re continuing to look at the classical paths of yoga. Hatha is the physical side of yoga and focuses on balancing the solar energy, HA, with the lunar energy, THA.

We’re working, in depth, on the Mountain Pose, Tadasana. From Mountain we’ll go into Malla Kriya, the whooshing breath. Let’s ‘whoosh away’ 2016! Then we’ll proceed with the more spiritual Tree of Life Breath. We’re going to explore a forward bend, using the breath to take us further, then the same with a backward bend. A twist will help to balance the two sides of the body, then we’ll be ready for the Tree balance.

Moving back to the mat through the squat, we’ll come on to all fours. In the cat stretch and breath we can add Ujjayi breathing. This will firmly focus the mind. And let’s continue with Swan – Cat – Dog, still using Ujjayi, the victorious breath.

After some different cool-downs, meditation will build on last week’s. HA on the in-breath, and THA on the out-breath. Relaxation will continue the focus on the breath. Anu Loma Viloma Kriya ensures that we are strongly aware of the two sides.

An important part of Hatha Yoga practice is cleansing the nadis or channels. PINGALA starts in the right nostril and represents solar energy – HA. IDA starts in the left nostril and represents lunar energy – THA.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti