What is Hatha Yoga?
Ideal situation for practicing Hatha Yoga
The place of practice must be secluded and free from distractions. The practitioner should not eat too much, should not exert himself in any tasks, shouldn’t talk unnecessarily, and shouldn’t waste time with other people.
The practitioner should have enthusiasm, unshakeable faith, and perseverance to practice Hatha Yoga. Must have good conduct and faith in God. Discipline and self-restraint is important in every path of yoga.
Sit straight with both the feet on the inner side of thighs. It is a simple asana and can be used in meditation practices.
Keep you left foot on the right thigh and right foot on the left thigh. This asana is also used in meditation for its steadiness.
Mudras are gestures that will help you in sealing your energies while practicing yoga. In hatha yoga mudra is practiced in association with asana and pranayama. Mudras involves several parts of the body and the procedure also varies. The main purpose of mudras is to hold the energy within you. We let our energy out through various openings. We need to conserve our energy if we wish to progress in yoga.
Pranayama is the process of controlling the flow of prana. Prana can be understood as breath in general terms. Our breath varies with our state of mind. By controlling breath one can stop the working of the mind. Practicing pranayama without proper knowledge is dangerous. I’ll explain a basic breathing exercise for you to practice. Close your left nostril and breath in slowly through the right nostril. Then hold your breath as long as possible. Now close the right nostril and breath out through the left slowly. For closing the nostril the fingers are used as described in the image below.