There are many cultures that have an influence on the yoga that we practice today. Most come from Buddhism and Buddhism. Today many people from all over the world include yoga in their everyday practice. Yoga is defined as the disciplining of self to increase the physical, spiritual, and mental for the well-being of an individual. Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga are very similar in a way, but different in another.

Hatha Yoga

It is said that Hatha yoga was created in the fifteenth century of the Hinduism philosophy. This form of yoga is also one of the oldest forms of yoga. Hatha yoga is based on pranayama and asanas (poses). This is known as Shatkarma, or breathing techniques. Hatha yoga focuses on breathing to increase flow in the prana. Prana is a Sanskrit term that means life energy or force, and is also a similar to the concept of chi.

The goal of practicing Hatha yoga is to become completely relaxed both mentally and physically to bring perfect balance between the mind, body and soul.

To achieve higher meditation, it was a belief that the body should be free of any illnesses and, the mind free of any tensions. The postures practiced in Hatha yoga exercises relaxes the body system and gives it flexibility and strength.

Many people have successfully used Hatha yoga exercises to improve focus and will power too. Hatha yoga only includes two of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

The famous yogi, Vamana Rishi is said to have documented the system of Ashtanga yoga in his manuscript Yoga Korunta. The Yoga Korurta document was discovered by Pattabhi Jois in the 1940s. Pattabhi Jois was one of the first to begin teaching the Ashtanga tradition. Like many other forms of yoga, Ashtanga includes poses to improve your physical life. It also includes other mental and ethical practices to help improve your spiritual life.

One of the more important parts of Ashtanga Yoga is the time one spends holding a particular pose. Controlled breathing is very important in this type of yoga. You need gain full control over your breathing in order to maintain a difficult pose for a few seconds or longer. Well, you don’t need to but it would help. Holding a pose helps to get blood flowing in the body and overall improve blood circulation throughout the whole body.

Ashtanga yoga translates to eight-limbed yoga, highlighting the eight different practices in it yoga teachings. An Ashtanga yoga practitioner not only works on asanas and pranayama but also the other six of the eight limbs. These limbs including Yama(control, rules for true honesty, purity and nonviolence), Niyama(rules for good practices such worship of god), Pratyahara(withdrawal of sensory perceptions), Dharana(concentration on a single point of thought), Dhyana(greater control of concentration for meditation) and Samadhi(effortless meditation, which leads to enlightenment).

The first four limbs of Ashtanga yoga are considered external, as they connect to the physical world. Ashtanga yoga include practices to help make these connections gentler and more meaningful. Some people who practice Ashtanga yoga say these practices help treat chronic illnesses such as joint pain and digestive problems.


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