Hatha yoga poses (asanas) and benefits

Hatha yoga poses (asanas) and benefits

The word Hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha Yoga came from the words “ha” which means “sun” and “tha” which means “moon. This refers to the balance of masculine aspects–active, hot, the sun–and feminine aspects–receptive, cool, the moon–within all of us. When people mention the term Yoga, they usually refer to Hatha Yoga.

Hatha Yoga is the most popular branch of Yoga and from which a lot of the Styles of Yoga originated including Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.

Nowadays mostly Hatha Yoga classes concentrate mainly on the third (Asana) steps in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. However, classes in Sivananda style also consider 4th step pranayama. The objective of hatha yoga is that it helps in keeping the body strong and healthy which is a basic requirement to achieve the higher purpose in life.

Asanas helps to have a healthy body and bring energy to the body and mind. Mastering the Asanas can help develop your will power, concentration. The practice of pranayama helps in bringing balance of mind, emotions and energy system in our body.

Practicing Hatha Yoga can help you to build up a stronger, more flexible body. Certain Asanas also massages and tones internal organs which facilitates in the prevention, management and treatment of certain ailments such as Diabetes, Arthritis and Hypertension. Hatha Yoga practice is also helps in manage stress and tension.

Headstand (Sirshasana)

Yoga Pose Headstand subodh gupta
Yoga Pose Headstand subodh gupta

The Headstand is regarded as the “King” of the asanas. If not only inverts your vision of the world, it inverts the pattern of blood pressure in the body – increasing it in the head and dropping it in the feet.

1) The Headstand

Step by step method: For details kindly click the following link Yoga Pose Headstand 


Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana)
The Shoulderstand is an inverted pose, called the queen of the asanas.


Yoga Sarvangasana Shoulder stand Subodh Gupta
Yoga Sarvangasana Shoulder stand Subodh Gupta

The Shoulderstand reverse the action of gravity on the body. It gives a rich supply of blood to the brain, nourishing the neurons.The breath becomes slow and deep, maximizing the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen……….

For details kindly click the following link Yoga Pose Shoulder stand Sarvangasana




Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara)

Sun salutation
Sun salutation

Step by step method:

Starting Position:
Stand erect with your feet together and the hands by your side.
Inhale deeply

Position 1:
As you exhale bring your hands together at the chest in the “Prayer position”.

For details kindly click the following link Sun Salutation

Triangle pose (Trikonasana)

From Simplified Side bends to Classic Triangle pose

It is the least common movement in our ordinary day-to-day life. We twist, we bend back or forward, but except that we do not often bend our spine to the side. It seems very unnatural to do the Lateral Flexion (side bend).
Awareness should be on the breath synchronized with the movement. Focus on keeping your body and head facing forward without twisting.

For detail kindly click the following link Triangle Yoga Pose Trikonasana


Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)

In this backbend pose you lift parts of the body away from the floor against the pull of gravity and returning to your starting position with the help of gravity. The name Bhujanga means a serpent, which lifts its head in preparation for striking.

For detail kindly click the following link Yoga Pose Cobra Bhujangasana

Child’s pose (Shashankasana)

This asana stretches the spine from end to end. The posture is relaxing, refreshing, calming and cooling, so you
may hold it as long as you like. For more detail child pose


Yoga asana padmasana (lotus pose) benefits precautions

Subodh Gupta Padmasana Lotus pose
Subodh Gupta Padmasana Lotus pose

In a Sanskrit language ‘Padma’ means ‘Lotus’ and in this yoga posture the position of the legs look like a blooming lotus, hence the name.

Issued in public interest by Subodh Gupta Celebrity Yoga Instructor in Chelsea, Kensington London