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Hatha yoga (pronounced Ha tha). It is known as the hatha vidya or the “science of hatha” yoga. The word Hatha comes from combing the Sanskrit terms “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon. The word “ha” refers to the solar nadi (pingala) in the subtle body and the “tha” the lunar channel (ida). However, when the two components of the word are place together, “hatha” means “forceful”, implying that powerful work must be done to purify the body.
yoga means to yoke, or to join two things together, hence hatha yoga is meant to join together sun (masculine, active) energy with the moon (feminine, receptive) energy, thus producing balance and greater power in an individual. The practice of Hatha yoga is a preparatory stage of physical purification that the body practices for higher meditation. The asanas (postures or comfortable seat) and pranayama (breath) in yoga, is what the yogis use, to physically train their body for long periods of meditation.
Vinyasa yoga refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static asanas (yoga postures) into a dynamic yoga flow. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between postures. Poses are held for a predefined number of breaths. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the postures rather than solely on achieving alignment in the pose, as is emphasized in Hatha yoga.
........The Divine in me bows and honors the Divine in you.
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