Category Archives: Haṭha Yoga


By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT Prāṇāyāma, commonly translated as “breath control,” is composed of two Sanskrit words, prāṇa which means “life-force, vital-force, energy or breath” and yāma meaning “restraint.” So, Prāṇāyāma is better understood as the stoppage of the breath. “The cutting off of the flow of inhalation and exhalation, [is prāṇāyāma]. Its operations are external (vāhya-vṛtti Prāṇāyāma), internal (ābhyantara-vṛtti

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By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT The creation of Haṭha-Yoga is associated with Goraksha Nātha and his teacher Matsyendra Nātha who likely lived before the middle of the 10th century C.E. In contrast with the Classical Yoga doctrine which emphasizes a progressive withdrawal from the forms of nature, Haṭha-Yoga derived from the Tantra tradition, and understands the body as a vehicle

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