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Pranayama: The Purpose and importance in Hatha Yoga

Prana refers to the life-force or the vital energy, which is responsible for all the functions, physical and mental, in the human being. Ayama refers to the ability to control your body by stretching, expanding, and elaborating. Hence, pranayama refers to the control of prana by stretching it. Breathing is the means through which control of prana is brought about. While in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, breathing is emphasized in pranayama practices; in Hatha Yoga, retention or kumbhak is emphasized. In fact, Swatmarama in Hatha Pradipika refers to eight varieties of kumbhak, instead of pranayama. These eight varieties are as follows:

What is Bhakti Yoga?

Unconditional and intense love for God is Bhakti. Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion. It emphasizes the opening of the head to divine love, the union of lover (the yogi) and beloved (the divine). This devotion, all over is often translated into singing a holy song or chant, with ecstatic repetition of the names (more…)

History of Yoga

The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago but some researchers think that yoga may be have existed even 10,000 years back. Yoga’s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice and development. These are: Pre-Vedic PeriodVedic periodClassical Yoga periodPost-classical Yoga period Pre-Vedic Period The (more…)