Hatha Yoga is full of postures but without vinyasa (connecting movements between postures),
It is a less dynamic practice than Ashtanga, but still absolutely challenging, and a very good place to start your path of yoga.
Beijing yoga at Pinnacle plaza Shunyi, 2002
Hatha Yoga is certainly the yoga that is best known in the west, which is probably why so many definitions of Hatha Yoga exist. With ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon Hatha Yoga strives to balance these two contrary but complementary elements, which represents the masculine and the feminine, strength and flexibility.
The objective of excercising asanas in Hatha Yoga is to bring health and energy to body and mind by opening the nadis. When such exercises are regularly performed, the path of Hatha Yoga is opened automatically.
Regular, consistent practice of these postures will improve Immune-, Respiratory-, Circulatory-, Digestive-, and Nervous Systems. It will bring an ocean of calm and peace, and provide you with the key to the Kingdom of Health and Vitality.
The picture shows our previous teacher, Bharath, teaching Hatha Yoga in Mysore.