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What is Hatha Yoga?
The two sides of the body are also often used to refer to other symbolic pairs of opposites (male/female, light/dark, yin/yang etc.), yet these are only metaphors, poetic elaborations on the significance of achieving balance between them, which is all encompassing. Yin and Yan or sun and moon refer to opposite sides of the body with respect to their alternating warming (ha) and cooling (tha) cylce, also known as Ida and Pingala.
When we speak of yoga as the joining of or “yoking,” union, etc., we are referring primarily to the connection between these two.
This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us.
Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites.
Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. With ‘ha’ representing the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon, and the practice of Hatha yoga aiming to join, yoke, or balance these two energies.
Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques, practiced more slowly and with more static posture holds.