Hatha Yoga was introduced more than 5000 years ago in the ancient yogic texts called Vedas.
The word Hatha comes from Ha which means Sun and Tha which means Moon. Hatha yoga connects
energizing movements (sun) with relaxing postures (moon) to receive the most harmonizing and
balancing effects. When the energies are balanced one experiences good health and a happy life.
According to Hatha Yoga, our body is a highly sensitive energy system. Too little movement (tamas)
can lead to a dull mind and heavy body. Excess energy (rajas) results in a restless body and angry
mind. The state of perfect energetic well-being is called sattva: this is the goal of hatha yoga. Health
and vitality are experienced. The mind is alert and light.
Hatha Yoga is often much slower than Ashtanga Yoga which doesn’t mean that it isn’t as effective. It
is challenging, soft and stimulating. Great attention is paid to connecting the breath with the
Real Hatha Yoga can only be learned in a traditional Yoga Teacher Training in India. Complete
surrender and the willpower to self-grow are the foundational stones for an individual yogic journey.
There different programs to chose from the first level is called a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a highly intensive 4-week yoga course that will cover all
main areas of hatha yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, cleansing techniques and yogic philosophy.
You will, for example, learn about the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Sanskrit manual about Hatha
yoga, written by Swami Svatmarama.
A Yoga Teacher Training in India opens the doors to a peaceful and healthy life.
Nowadays, all is going very fast. In the Western societies, we have an excess of everything. If we
don’t like something, it is thrown away and replaced. This applied to items, food, and
A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training can help you to value what you have already. You will
understand that the mind can never be satisfied.
By understanding the mind and its tricks, you can overcome suffering, pain and emotional
During your Yoga Teacher Training in India, will not only learn hatha yoga but also discover
yourself new in different ways and situations.
India is a magical country. It is said to be a holy country and the birthplace of yoga,
spirituality and mental stability.
Once you complete your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you get to teach yoga
internationally and share your passion with others as well.
Yoga has been proven to be beneficial for a wide variety of health concerns, explains Dr. Marilynn Wei of Harvard Health Publishing. One important benefit of yoga is that it is one of the gentlest and most restorative activities to end your day and prepare you for sleep. Certain types of breathing, such as the Ujjayi or Ocean Breath, as well as some poses make yoga extremely beneficial for good sleep. However, an interesting thing to note is that the same can be said the other way around.
Fitness expert Jim White explains in a blog post published on Leesa that a good night’s rest maximises the effects of exercise and helps you power through your busy days and regular workouts. White explains that while both sleep and exercise are important in leading a healthy lifestyle, the former is ultimately more needed for the latter.
Not getting enough sleep deprives your brain of the opportunity to rest and recharge itself, leading to a myriad of mental and psychological problems associated with regular lack of sleep. For instance, PsyBlog explains that sleep-deprived brains tend to work harder in order to overcompensate for its lack of rest, resulting in less efficiency and difficulty in accomplishing even simple mental tasks.
The cumulative effect is that those who have less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per evening have difficulties in concentration, mindfulness, judgment, and decision-making. Even neurological functions like physical movement, eye muscle control, and focus are compromised, making it difficult for sleep-deprived people to function well – much less complete a yoga session successfully.
Sleep helps you perform better physically.
Because yoga is an activity that unifies and engages mind, body, and spirit, the quality of yoga sessions decline when your body is compromised. On top of letting your brain recharge, sleep also plays a role in muscle repair, as discussed by the National Sleep Foundation.
This research study published in Current Biology elaborates on how the physical and mental performances of athletes significantly improved once their sleep cycles and circadian rhythms were optimised. It is for this reason that White goes on to discuss that those serious about fitness and exercise – yoga included – cannot hope to be successful without enough sleep.
Last but not least, sleep keeps you happy and motivated
If you lack sleep, you might find it harder to get on your yoga mat or attend yoga classes with other people.One study conducted by the Hult International Business School found that people who experience chronic tiredness and lack of sleep suffer from irritability and frayed nerves, along with high levels of stress, anxiety, and frustration.
Conversely, regularly getting a full night’s rest has been linked to optimism about the future and more motivation to learn new things and accomplish tasks.
With all these reasons to prioritize sleep to improve our yoga sessions, don’t be surprised to find us spending more time on our beds and on our yoga mats!
My personal experience: The Power of Transformation
As humans living in a world where technology, social pressures and a fast pace of life have become a normal way of living, we do not spend enough time focussing on ourselves and our inner peace and happiness.
When was the last time we actually took some time to check in with ourselves?
We are constantly searching for happiness in external affairs when really all we need to do is just look inside ourselves and realize that everything we need is right here with us, in our bodies.
As a result of not focussing on our mind, body, and soul, our body builds up blockages in our respiratory and blood circulation systems. This is what this form of meditation focusses on improving.
The six, deep and forceful inhalation/exhalation exercises of Power of Transformation Meditation, each followed by a three-minute rest period and Shavasana at the end, allow for these blockages to be removed and for blood to circulate and flow optimally.
When I initially started the meditation I felt great tightness and cramping in my arms and hands.
I felt a lot of vibrations across my whole body, particularly my face and arms representing the imbalances and poor circulation of blood and breath in my system.
The meditation would take me into a very emotional, tearful state by the end too. After about a week of practicing every day, the vibrations lessened drastically and I would also enter into a peaceful meditative state by the end, sometimes even fall asleep!
I suffered from insomnia and a great tendency to think negative thoughts and after 2 weeks of consistent practice, I found that my mind was flooded with optimism and positive thoughts and my sleep has improved as well.