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Hatha Yoga

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For a discussion of the literal meaning(s) of Hatha Yoga, see hatha above. In India during the Middle Ages, Hatha Yoga and Tantra Yoga branched out separately from their common ancient roots, which extend back to the advanced, yet essentially prehistoric, Indus Valley Culture of the Third Millennium, B.C.E. Hatha Yoga adopted an existential, ascetic approach, believing that integration with the divine could be more quickly (forcefully) obtained by a person living alone, in an ascetic life of celibacy and seclusion. Most of the yoga postures familiar to Westerners are part of the Hatha Yoga tradition. Technically, the term means approximately, "Self-Integration through the Union of Opposites," and aims to eliminate any false sense of duality between the practitioner and universal spiritual reality (Brahman). The physical postures or asanas, of Hatha Yoga, when performed with mindfulness, specific breathing modifications, and other techniques, help to integrate body, mind, and spirit. Tantra Yoga developed in sharp contrast to the yoga hermitage and the wandering ascetics common in Hatha Yoga. Tantrikas typically approached the integration of polarities either as householders ie., as couples living together and enjoying all of life's joys, pleasures, and comforts (right-handed tantra), or in other, more exotic, liaisons (left-handed tantra).

 

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