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Align Body With Mind... From Gross to Subtle

Hat·ha Vidyã

acharya
Hakāraḥ ki̇̅rtitaḥ sūryaśṭhakāraścandra ucyate
sūryācandramasoryogāddhaṭhyogo nigadyate
'Ha' signifies the Sun and 'Tha' signifies the Moon.
The union of Sun and Moon itself is called Hatha Yoga.

The word “Hatha Vidya” means the wisdom of Yoga. The term ‘Hatha’ in Sanskrit is composed of two syllables ‘ha’ and ‘tha’, ‘ha’ represents the prana or vital energy and ‘tha’ means the moon, representing the mental energy. By practicing Hatha Vidya, these two energy flows are synchronized leading to a balanced state of mind.

Hatha Vidya is the purest and the most traditional form of Yoga. It is the first step to improve one’s psycho physiological state (mind and body) and complete well being. Hatha Vidya empowers one to control the mind through body.

Beginning with easy asanas (postures) the body is made to undergo a thorough cleansing process based on the Shad Karma Kriyas (a six-fold cleansing process) to equip the body for a full-fledged practice of Kumbhaka Padhathi (Pranayama). Then with the use of Mudras (symbolic gestures) & Bandhas (a binding action involving pressure or contraction) the practitioner is fully prepared to explore Nadaanusandhan (pursuing inner and external sounds, a pure and meticulous practice of corporeal and spiritual bliss).

The Five Essentials of Yogasana Practice

FLOW (VINYASA): The process of placing body parts with complete awareness of movements to attain an asana (Yoga posture) and demounting the Yoga posture with awareness to reach the base position.

BREATHING (SHWASA): The synchronization of the breath with the movements of the body parts during the process of attaining the Yoga postures.

MAINTAINING THE POSTURE (STITHI): The final posture of a yogasana should be maintained for a certain duration to derive maximum benefits.

FOCAL POINT (DRISHTI): Having attained the final Yoga posture, it is important to focus on specific internal and external points of the body.

RELAXATION (VISHRANTI): During the movements of the body while performing the asanas, and in between the asanas, the body needs to be in a relaxed state.

Acharya

Bala, the Founder and the Chairman of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, hails from India. His journey on the path of Yoga began in Yoga - Vedanta Forest Academy, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, where he received the basic training in Yoga. After this, he took to extensive traveling, through the expanse of Northern India, exploring his way to seek the truth. Fortunately, he came across some of the eminent masters who imparted him the wisdom, to experience the true essence of Yogic journey. Having bathed in this light of wisdom, his thirst was catalyzed for more. So, he associated himself with some traditional Yoga centers.

In 2006, he met his Guru H.H.Srividyamba Saraswathi of Tamil Nadu and received initiation into the Natha tradition.

Under the tutelage of his Guru, in 2008, he established Hatha Vidya Gurukulum at Thrissur, Kerala in order to impart training to Yoga aspirants from all walks of life.

In 2009, under his chairmanship Thapobhoomi, a residential Yoga centre was established on the banks of the Gayathri river at Kerala.

In 2010, its Publication division started ‘Hathavidya’ a quarterly magazine in Malayalam. This was exclusively published under his editorship to provide useful insights on Yoga and Tantra.

In order to augment the science of Yoga and related training, among school children, he has authored books on Yoga training for kids, adopting scientific methodology.

In December 2012, Bala established the first International wing of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, in Dubai, UAE.

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