Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga.
Prayer for Lord Shiva who is the father and founder of Hatha Yoga system; Mantra: ॐ श्रीआदिनाथाय नमोsस्तु तस्मै येनोपदिष्टा हठयोगविघा ! विभ्राजते प्रोन्नत राजयोगम् आरोदुमिच्छोर धिरोहिणीव !! Om Shri aadinaathaaya Namosatu tasmay Yenoupdishta hathyogavidhya ! Vibhrajte Pronntraaj Yogm aarodumichcor-dirohiniva !! Meaning: Reverence to Shiva the Lord of Yoga, who taught [his wife] Parvati hatha wisdom as the first step to the pinnacle […]
Prāṇāyāma (Sanskrit: प्रार्ायाम prāṇāyām) is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prāṇa or breath” or, “extension of the life force”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prana life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “ayāma”, to extend or draw out. (Not ‘restrain, or control’ as is often translated from ‘yam’ […]