When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady.
He who binds the breath, binds the mind. He who binds the mind, binds the breath.
Don't think of external things and don't think of internal things. Abandon all thoughts, then don't think of anything.
These principles written down in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the classic manual on Hatha Yoga, written by Yogi Svatmarama (15th century) are still the basis of Hatha yoga teaching.
Hatha Yoga is a
traditional form of Yoga. It is accessible for everyone. Hatha Yoga
helps your body to find back its balance and improves its strength
Hatha Yoga is a form
of yoga that makes use of Asanas (postures). The students are asked
to remain in these postures for a certain length of time (a few
breaths to a few minutes). This method strengthens the muscles and
your flexibility. Particular attention is directed to slow breathing,
thus releasing all the tensions in body and mind.
Some more dynamic
sequences combining a flow of postures with the flow of breath (like
the sun salutation), the use of your respiration (pranayamas) and/or
meditation can also be part of the yoga session.
You’ll go through
a short and deep relaxation to integrate and harmonize all the
benefits of the practice in your body at the end of the class.