What Is Hatha Yoga? A Beginners Guide

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Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga. The word haṭha literally means “force” and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In India hatha yoga is associated in popular tradition with the ‘jogis’ of the Natha Sampradaya through its mythical founder Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath, also known as Minanath or Minapa in Tibet, is celebrated as a saint in both Buddhist and Hindu tantric and hatha yoga schools.