If you’ve taken a look through the articles on this website, then you have probably noticed that a fair share of them relate to the subject of Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga, is one of the six branches of yoga, and it is the yoga of physical exercise, whereas the others are tantra yoga (the yoga of sex), Jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge), Karma yoga (the yoga of action), bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) and raja yoga (the yoga of meditation).
All of these different branches are collectively what is called yoga. Yoga means to join or yolk together, to bring together in union. So these days, we tend to think of yoga mainly as physical exercise system and sometimes as a meditation system also. However, the original ancient system of yoga was a comprehensive set of different branches, which worked on integrating every aspect of life, so as to integrate the person physically and mentally and emotionally and spiritually.
For over 15 years I have practised Raja yoga on a daily basis. Personally I really like Raja yoga, and I am the sort of person who does well at meditation. But this is because I like sitting and thinking, I am not the most physical person of time. However, these days I do perform some hatha yoga exercises, because I know what’s good for me.
I actually don’t like hatha yoga, which might come as a surprise since there are so many have to yoga articles on this website!
The thing is, I’m not a very physical person, I like to think, I like to sit, I like to write, I like to watch TV shows and movies, and I’m more of a cerebral kind of person. But I do hatha yoga exercises, because they are good for my physique and my overall health and well-being.
I also go to the gym, but I love going to the gym because I really like weight training. While gym training is really good for health, it still lacks something; something has to be added to balance my health and well-being. This is why I do hatha yoga exercises, not because I like them but because I need them.
It’s easy when reading through a website, like this one, to think that the owner of the website must be a real health fanatic, the sort person does hatha yoga poses for hours every day. But nothing could be further from the truth; I’m not the healthiest person in the world and have only ever been to hatha yoga class twice in my entire life. However, I do have a background in Chinese medicine, and this gives me an awareness of the need to balance different aspects of my health and well-being. And this is what this blog is all about, sharing some know-how and experiences.
One of the key reasons for setting up this blog is to share useful information with ordinary people. Hopefully as you read through these articles, you will pick up on this vibe. Most articles and websites devoted to health tend to be Gung Ho, and while I appreciate their enthusiasm, I feel that they are missing out somewhere. Because most people have difficulty with integrating these positive routines in their life, and I am one of them.
I don’t claim to be an expert on everything which I write about on this website. But I don’t feel that in order to make positive changes in one’s life that it is necessary to become a hatha yoga expert, or a raw vegan, for example. Where I feel a lot of websites and content producers of complimentary health blogs, books etc. fall down, is in directing their focus towards enthusiasts, rather than ordinary people.
It’s not necessary to preach to the converted; if you go to only good health food shop you will find one or two of those enthusiasts, whose life is based around health and in doing healthy things. And while this is great, but what good is this for the rest of us, the other 99.99% of the human population who are ordinary people, struggling to live better lives?
So what I’m trying to do is to research different methodologies, including different health foods, different juices, hatha yoga and so on, in an effort to improve my health, while maintaining a normal ordinary lifestyle. I’m sharing this information on this blog, and also I’m sharing my insights, in a hope of helping ordinary people live a more healthy and productive life.
I don’t feel it is necessary to be an expert in every health system, in order to try it out. Nor do I think that it is necessary to spend hours a day living a very intense of lifestyle. I have already made many changes to my lifestyle, over the years, in order to integrate raja yoga meditation and a meditative lifestyle. And while this is great, it’s also important that I live a normal lifestyle, not just myself but also for my wife and my son, and our family life.
So that’s why I don’t like hatha yoga, but I do it anyway. And I suggest that you do the same, in that you are willing to try something is which you’re not crazy about doing, in which you might not be really good at, but are willing to do them in order to live a richer life.
Also looking back at the team of yoga, as it was understood in ancient times, yoga is a practice of integration of every aspect of one’s life. So really all the efforts that we make, as people, to be a better version of ourselves, and to integrate different aspects of life, is actually yoga. So let’s get rid of the clichéd ideas of yoga practitioners, as people who spend hours a day practising asana and who go to special yoga seminars and live a special lifestyle. While this is great, for these enthusiasts, it is also really important that we ordinary people get a benefit from such a great system of physical exercise as hatha yoga, and that’s why I do yoga even though I don’t like it and I suggest you give it a go as well.