HeartMind Hatha Yoga Portal
"The yogi should continually practice showering himself with nectar. He becomes free from old age and liberated and devoid of all disease."
from the Kaula-jnana-nirnaya VII, 20
Asana practice is one technique of Hatha yoga that is well known; however the practice is much more than asana. Ha means sun and Tha means moon, while the word, yoga, means to bind and link together, synchronize, and integrate. In the authentic yoga process then all dualities are balanced, harmonized, brought into synch and integrated. One enters into energetic alignment with the Greater Yantra.
Much more in the following pages will be said specifically about traditional hatha yoga practices which include pranayama (regulation and extension of the energy body), kriyas or cleansing (as in the shat karmas), bandhas (energy locks), concentration and visualization (dharana), mudra (combining dharana with pranayama, asana, and bandha in order to more thoroughly refine and direct the body/mind energetics), and meditation (dhyana).
More pages are planned to be added, so check back often.
Kundalini Yoga from the Ground Up: aligning the body, energy body, and mind with the evolutionary power and primordial mind as the essential goal of classical hatha yoga (New Dec 2008)
Portal to Hatha Yoga Cleansing Exercises
Hatha Yoga Asana Practice: Supplemental and General Hints and Suggestions
General Introduction to the Major Schools of Yoga
General Context on Traditional Hatha Yoga Practices
How Asana Works
A Chakra Purification Meditation
Chakra and Energy Body Healing
Bandhas in Hatha Yoga
Bhakti Bandhas: Bandhas as Opening the Floodgates of Divine Passion
Asana Practice in Relationship to the Yams and Niyams
Basic Stretching in Asana Practice
The Variety of Yoga Teachings and Teachers: How to Contact Your Inner Teacher (a large document)
An Energy Body Approach to Hatha Yoga Asana Practice
The Energy Body, the Five Koshas, and Three Kayas, and The Divine Body
Swara Yoga: Utilizing the Energy Valves at the Nares (swaras) as a Liberation technique
"Nature's Finer Forces and the Science of Breath (Pranayama Yoga)" was originally published in Sanskrit as "Science of the Breath and the Philosophy of the Tatwas"), by Rama Prasad, is available here in PDF format,
The Shat Karmas and Hatha Yoga Kriyas: a large detailed discussion
The Profound Meaning of SATCHITANANDA
The True Meaning of the Sanskrit Expression, NETI NETI (not separate, not separate -- neither this/nor that)
An Ashtanga (Eight Limbed) Yoga Meditation Practice
The Stages of Birth, Life, Old Age, and Death (Rev 03-17-06)
Tree Legends Myths, Dragons, the central Column, Chakras, and Wisdom "Tails"
The Long Body: Portal to Earth Based Spirituality (includes "TWO TREES" by W. B. Yeats): Hatha Yoga as an Life Positive Spiritual Practice Connecting Body, Spirit, and Breath
The Tree of Life/Cabala: as related to the yoga chakra system
Tapas and Addiction
Tapas as Rehabitation/Rehabilitation, Detoxification, and Purification
Definition of Body Psychotherapy (with its implicit parallel to process oriented hatha yoga
Accesssing Trauma as Samskaras: Understanding Trauma in Daily Life: The Relationship between Trauma in Body Psychotherapy and the Formation of Samskaras (triggers) in Yoga Philosophy
HeartMind Yoga Home Page
HeartMind Links Page Containing Links to Many Classical Hatha and Kundalini Yoga Texts