“Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target.”
Hatha Yoga is often misunderstood, even by intellectuals, philosophers, saints, and many yogis. It is not just physical yoga. If Hatha is taken as a single word, it conveys the meaning of “The Science of Will.” If they are taken separately, then ha stands for Sun and tha stands for Moon. Many have given the physiological meaning as Suryanadi and Chandranadi – Surya for sympathetic nerves, Chandra for parasympathetic nerves, and sushumna for the central or electrical nervous system. If the word Hatha is considered psychologically and philosophically, it conveys that Sun which never fades and which stands for atma (soul). Atma is ever alert, divine, and dynamic. The Chandra stands for the Moon. The Moon being the reflected light of the Sun, consciousness (tha) is the reflected light of the soul. Knowing and realizing it, is Hatha Yoga.
Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target. It is a fact that not one has realized the soul without using the body, the mind, the intelligence, and the consciousness (which are all parts of nature) as a means to realize it. When they are cultivated, the become refined and merge in the soul. This is divine absorption, the effect of Hatha Yoga.
by B.K.S Iyengar
This is why teachers stress for practitioners have a disciplined, purposeful practice – each pose is a symbol – and each asana creates a certain meditative state of mind. Do each asana with purpose – mindfully. Get out of your own way in your yoga asana! Reach further within and truly heal all parts of your body, mind, energy, emotion….and allow your spirit to soar!