Hatha Yoga is a preparatory set of activities to bring the body and mind into alignment while developing strength and flexibility necessary to sit for meditation. Regular practice of yoga helps to develop discipline and self control required for Jnana Yoga.
Asana practices and pranayama are not intended to serve as ‘exercise’. Asana (posture), Pranayama (control of Prana through breathing techniques), Mudra (hand positions), Mantra (chanting), Banda (locks in the body), Meditation, and Relaxation are utilized to achieve a calm mind. A quiet mind is required for deeper self inquiry. Cleansing activities, controlled diet and lifestyle approaches are also important in Hatha Yoga.
Hamsa Balaji is a graduate of the 200-hour training program at Ananda Shala Prana Flow and currently lives in Clarksburg, Maryland. She has performed professionally as an Indian classical dancer in the Bharatanatyam tradition and also enjoys teaching Yoga to inspire other women like her. She had the opportunity to successfully conduct different YOGA sessions at “Sakhee – Women’s Organization” – This program is designed for women of all levels interested in learning how to live mindfully and find physical and emotional balance, as well as self-acceptance.