The word ‘hatha’ comes from the Sanskrit terms ‘ha’ meaning sun and ‘tha’ meaning moon uniting the positive (sun) and negative (moon) currents in the system bringing together opposing parts of our human be-ing.
The Hatha Yoga Pradpika was compiled by Yogi Swatmarama, a Hindu sage of 15th century India to describe this system of yoga to that prepares the body and mind as a purification for higher meditation or yoga.
Using asanas, physical postures and pranayama plus breathing techniques, this more physical evolution of yoga became popularised during the second half of the 20th century when its teachings and practice began to be absorbed by many for physical and mental health and self-awarenes..
Some call it the yoga of postures. The physical practice of yoga – which is just one of the eight limbs of yoga as described by Pantajli in his ancient yogic scriptures – accompanies the breathwork and paving the way for sensory withdrawal to connect us with a place of greater silence within.