How Hatha Yoga helps much more than the physical benefits which people are seeking out of it. In this blog, we will learn of the impact of Hatha yoga beyond physical.
There are people who think that the Yoga asanas are only physical exercises. Yet they miss out on realizing many benefits while performing the same.
Once the awareness is raised about Hatha Yoga’s overall benefits, you will experience that Hatha Yoga helps in connecting you with your own feelings. Furthermore it helps release emotional pain from your body.
How Hatha Yoga is related?
The mind is a warehouse of emotions and it keeps on storing them. When you move with mindfulness with sync between body and breath, you become aware of different emotions that were subconsciously stored in various parts of our body.
Think of your body as a sponge where since your first breath till today, all the experiences are getting stored. What you are now, is a culmination of all those experiences.
These feelings were stored way back in your life, due to some incidence, some trauma. First you may think that you may not have any relation with them but they occasionally pop up.
Many times you suddenly start to feel angry or gloomy without any apparent reason and find yourself having emotional pain.
What has happened is that unconsciously these old stored memories have created emotional blockages and knots which either left you deprived of experiencing certain emotions or manifested in physical or mental pains giving us some of our unpleasant personalities at certain situations.
This is where Hatha Yoga helps. There are two parts to it:
- It let you get in touch with all the intense feelings as they emerge while doing Yoga
- It helps you let go of them, once you are aware of their existence in your conscience
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha yoga or Asana is one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. In ancient times, yogis used Hatha Yoga as one of the tools to support their meditation practices (also one of the eight limbs), with the goal of controlling the modifications of the mind, gaining wisdom and eventually reaching enlightenment. There is a subtle and strong interconnection between the mind and body. A healthy body is critical to undertake a job that requires a high level of mental discipline such as meditation.
Hatha Yoga in today’s world
In today’s world, many think that “Yoga” is a synonym of hatha Yoga. Because of that they strive to reap only the physical gains out of it. There are Yoga learners who start practicing with limited knowledge and want to attain material gains only. However, once into practice, these people have come to realize the real purpose of the practice. Yoga leads them to unravel deep within themselves and they start to tread on the spiritual path more sincerely.
Hatha Yoga helps in making it irrelevant where people started practicing it and why they are doing it. Many yoga teachers now teach hatha yoga as a spiritual practice to some of their students who yearn to make progress on their spiritual journeys or to find happiness from within.
That is all for Part 1. In Part 2 we will learn how Hatha Yoga helps in relationships.
Other useful Links
To know more about the basics of Hatha Yoga, read this.