Postures for health - Hatha Yoga(Pingala and Ida)

Monday, 23 February 2009


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Asana is a certain posture in which the body is placed with the help of various practices uniting breath with stretching and relaxing movements

Health is a natural state of wellness. There are many words to describe a diseased state of mind and body, but none to describe health. Hatha Yoga, is a practice of moving the body rhythmically, gracefully and yet with dynamic breathing in different postures. The idea is to stay for as long as one is comfortable in that particular posture.Introduced by Swatmarama in the 15th century in his compilation Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Hatha simply means harnessing the body that has a certain hatham or stiffness about it in its set patterns of behaviour and movement. The meaning usually is referred to stubborn behaviour especially of children in throwing tantrums and demanding what they want. Similarly, the body too throws tantrums. Hatha Yoga is the practice of providing a counter posture to every movement of the body, done comfortably and regularly evens out the energies in the body that get collected up on the wrong side leading to disease.

Asana is always understood as posture or the position in which the body is placed - it can be the posture of a crocodile, a bird, an animal, a tree or even a dead body. It is not the posture, but the body and mind comes to a state of total rest when in that posture. This ultimately needs to become a habit, so the two stay healthy and relaxed when not in that posture too.

Hatha also the two aspects of the human energy – namely the sun energy called Pingala and the Moon energy called Ida. If the Pingala is predominant the person is positive, aggressive, and active and can also turn restless. If the Ida is predominant then the person is mostly sleepy, tired and inactive. Practice of Hatha Yoga brings about a healthy balance of two. Hatha also means purification and it is a strong practice done for purification.

Traditional practice of
Hatha Yoga is a holistic path which includes moral discipline, physical and purification procedures, yogic breathing and meditation. In the west it is understood as a stress-reducing exercise.

Asana simply means seat – the same as you tell someone Aasan grahan keejiye, or “Please take your seat.” Here the understanding of seat is more subtle. By practice of Hatha Yoga regularly, the body and mind becomes settled in its own self or base and not moved by the worries of the past or anxieties of the future. Such a mind remains healthy by itself and also keeps the body in a state of good health. It is not given to excesses in food, speech or life style. These lead to good health ultimately. Asana simply means seat – where the mind is at complete rest and in tune with the body. Such a mind remains healthy by itself and also keeps the body in a state of good health. It is not given to excesses in food, speech or lifestyle.

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UTSAVA MURTHY OF LORD SRI MALAYAPPA(VENKATESWARA) WITH SRIDEVI AND BHUDEVI
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The slOka( declared in brahmAnda purAnam and varAha purAnam ) written in Telugu language that you see in the header of this page transliterated to English is:

"vEnkatAdri samam sthAnam brahmAndE nAsti kinchana,
vEnkatEsa samO dEvO na bhUtO na bhavishyati"

which means...
"In this Universe there is no sacred place equivalent to Venkatadri(i.e.,There is no place in the whole Universe which is more auspicious than the hill Venkatachala). There is no God equivalent to Lord Venkateswara neither in the past nor in the future going to be(i.e.,There is no Archa murti (worshippable form) in all the three times (present,past and future) whose glories are comparable to the Lord of Venkatachala)"

1 comments:

sfauthor 27 February 2009 at 03:04  

Nice posting. Do you know about this edition of the Pradipika?

http://www.YogaVidya.com/hyp.html

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