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Who is the first hatha yogi

In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind.

Define hatha yoga

The letter “Ha” in the term “Hatha” signifies the flow of prana breaths in the solar nadi, and the letter “Tha” signifies the flow of prana breaths in the lunar nadi. When sun and moon become one during pranayam, breath simultaneously passes through both nostrils. The pranayama sadhana is termed as Hatha yoga sadhana.

Though balancing Ida and Pingala is common practice in hatha yoga, scholars of Sanskrit agree that the correct meaning of hatha is force or forceful. Hatha yoga is practiced at a slower pace, with focus on the breath, controlled movements, and stretching.

Aim of hatha yoga

The purpose of Hatha Yoga is relief from physical, environmental, and spiritual pain, and through the practices giving in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we can prepare the body for the Raja Yoga.

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