hatha yoga


hatha yo·​ga ˈhə-tə-ˈyō-gə How to pronounce hatha yoga (audio)
: a system of physical exercises for the control and perfection of the body that constitutes one of the four chief Hindu disciplines

Examples of hatha yoga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some such types include karma yoga, Kundalini yoga, Bhakti yoga, tantra yoga, yin yoga, hatha yoga, power yoga, yoga nidra and prenatal yoga. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 23 June 2023 Modern postural yoga, the practice of actually holding poses, originated with early 20th century guru Krishnamacharya, who taught a mix of gymnastic and wrestling moves, Western calisthenics and hatha yoga, a medieval practice all but lost in India for centuries. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2017 Photographed and directed by her third husband, André Weinfeld, Welch’s Total Beauty and Fitness books and videos included a hatha yoga program and Welch’s advice on nutrition, beauty, and personal style. Libby Banks, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2023 There are numerous forms of yoga, including modern twists such as hot yoga and goat yoga, but in the US, most people learn hatha yoga, one of the more basic versions. Melanie Radzicki McManus, CNN, 28 Oct. 2022 Sound healing, reiki, meditation and hatha yoga are among wellness practices offered in the backdrop of Punta Mita’s unspoiled tropical paradise at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Yola Robert, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Another example is with yoga, an ancient Indian practice that, in North America, is often repackaged as a type of physical exercise that’s loosely derived from hatha yoga, but stripped of its spiritual core. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Choose from a variety of workshops, including oil painting, gnocchi making, hatha yoga, making clay beer mugs, homemade cheese, eclairs and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2021 Hamilton-Byrne led a small group of middle-class Australians, a large chunk of whom were nurses and doctors, in regular hatha yoga classes. Alex McElroy, Vulture, 21 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Sanskrit haṭha force + yoga yoga

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hatha yoga was in 1818

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“Hatha yoga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatha%20yoga. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

hatha yoga

: a form of yoga emphasizing a system of physical postures for balancing, stretching, and strengthening the body

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