About Hatha Yoga

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Hatha Yoga – This style is a beautiful style for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Read my blog on ‘What is an advanced yogi’ for real insight into what an experienced yoga student is.

Yoga began at the very beginning of human creation when there was an awareness of spiritual potential; this is when techniques were created. It was designed and developed over centuries beginning over 10 thousand years ago.

"Some traditions believe that yoga was a divine gift revealed to ancient sages so that humanity could have the opportunity to realise its divine nature.{…} Techniques were kept secret. They were passed on from teacher or guru to disciple by word of mouth. In this way, there was a clear understanding of their meaning and aim. Through personal experience, realised yogis and sages were able to guide sincere aspirants along the correct path, removing confusion, misunderstanding and excessive intellectual contemplation."

It was in the 4th – 6th centuries A.D that Matsyendranth, Gorakhnatha and other yogis created two practices ‘Raja Yoga’ and ‘Hatha Yoga’. It was believed that before taking meditation the body should be cleaned and purified and this is Hatha Yoga!

By performing Hatha Yoga we begin to purify the whole body – the stomach nervous system the bodily organs and other systems throughout the body. With the practice of Hatha Yoga, we create the perfect balance of the body, mind and energy. With this balance, we can then awaken our fullest potential which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If this is not the aim of the practice, the real objective of your whole yoga practice is lost!

Hatha Yoga uses six different ways to clean the body, first comes the Shatkarma’s which include, neti, dhauti, kapalbhati and so forth. You will find that in a Hatha Yoga classes you attend most of these will be missed (very difficult to do in a class environment). Following the above will be asanas, these are what you will be most familiar with in class, followed then with Pranayama possibly if you get time.

The asanas are postures either standing or lying that have the aim towards cleaning the inner body. In Hatha Yoga postures tend to be held and experienced. Then you would move onto the next posture. Postures tend to have many modifications which are accessible for all body types. Listening to your body from movement to movement is essential as you want it to benefit the cleansing process of your inner body not hinder it.

It is advised NOT to eat 2-3 hours before the practice for obvious reasons! Do you want to be doing a twist with a full stomach of food? Not only will you gain no benefit but it can also incur injury.

Pranayama (breath work) is to follow the asanas, BUT again this in no way should be forced, and great care should be given due to different illnesses and diseases one may have!

The practice of Hatha Yoga which involves the use of your body creates self-control and self-discipline!

I hope that you can take something from this blog even if it is just an understanding of what is to come when attending a Hatha Yoga class. Remember all teachers have different ways of teaching and different levels of knowledge on subjects; so be open-minded to listening and taking what resonates and leaving what doesn’t. We are all on a personal journey, all trying our best, in whatever way is our knowing best!

Be gentle, be grateful and have gratitude for living in such a well-developed world with so much information to tap into.

Namaste beautiful earthlings


Welcome to my blog, I am Katya 

I am an artist, Yoga lover and 'British Wheel of Yoga' Teacher of over 10 years. Sharing and helping people is something I am incredibly passionate about, and I aim to serve to the best of my ability. 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing & English in 2007; I find that blogging and poetry is a perfect way for me to express myself and to structure my knowledge to share with others. 

I hope you find something that can help on these pages and I look forward to sharing more content with you. Love and Hugs Katya 

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