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What Is Hatha Yoga?

Sun, Moon, and Fire: Philosophy of Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is commonly defined as a style of asana class, but this limited understanding fails to capture hatha’s comprehensive and transformational nature. A timeless practice with ancient roots, this system of using the body and breath to work with the life force and access the deeper powers of the mind has thrived for millennia across kingdoms and continents. In this video, Sandra Anderson traces the history of hatha yoga to its origins with the Natha yogis, and explains how this enduring practice can help us today.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 5 mins

About the Teacher

Sandra Anderson

Senior faculty at the Himalayan Institute, Sandy teaches yoga, meditation, and philosophy, and is a key instructor in the Institute's teacher training programs. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and a frequent contributor to the Himalayan Institute's online Wisdom Library. Her work draws on her immersion in the living oral tradition, traditional texts of hatha yoga and tantra, training in Sanskrit, and her background in environmental science. A long-time resident at the Himalayan Institute with a diverse background and life experience, Sandy has a unique capacity to convey the richness of spiritual life in the contemporary world.

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