Hatha Yoga Perspectives for 21st Century

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Hatha yoga, the physical branch of yoga, is practised by millions of people in almost all countries. It has been branded, commercialised and toned down that one can get a set of lessons for a few dollars. There is no doubt that many seek yoga practice for physic al wellness and healing, especially for back pain, asthma , muscular pains ,stiffness and insomnia.

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Hatha Yoga Perspectives for 21st CenturyN K SrinivasanHatha yoga, the physical branch of yoga, is practised bymillions of people in almost all countries. It has beenbranded, commercialised and toned down that one can get aset of lessons for a few dollars. There is no doubt thatmany seek yoga practice for physic al wellness andhealing, especially for back pain, asthma , muscular pains,stiffness and insomnia.Every one knows that Yoga originated in India, as partof the spiritual discipline to seek "union with the Divineor the Universal soul" ..Yoga means that--'union' like theword "yoke". Yoga also means the path towards the goal.Thus the word "yoga" means both the path and the goal.The Yogi saints developed yoga to improve body to make ita fit instrument for long spiritual practices. One shouldcleanse the mind first for which they developed chanting[Japa} and meditation.{Dhyana].They also did not neglectthe devotional path or bhakti to a chosen ideal or God.{Worshiping a personal God is part of Hindu form ofdevotions, including symbolic idol worship, though Hindusbelieve in a formless 'Brahman ' ..]Control of "prana" or life force through breath andnervous currents became a standard technique for tuningthe body and attain mental calmness. This led to'pranayama'.[literally 'Control of Prana'.]Thus you can understand how a Hindu yoga system developedinto different branches of Yoga.The main branches for the purpose of teaching are four:Jnana yoga [

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