It helps to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
has been commonly used to describe the practice of asana (postures). The syllable 'ha' denotes the pranic (vital) force governing the physical body and 'tha' denotes the chitta (mental) forces thus making Hatha Yoga a catalyst to an awakening of the two energies governing our lives. More correctly, the techniques described in
harmonise and purify the body systems and focus the mind in preparation for more advanced chakra and kundalini practices.
system includes asanas along with the six shatkarmas (physical and mental detoxification techniques), mudras and bandhas (psycho-physiological energy release techniques) and Pranayama (mastery over Prana). Fine tuning of the human personality at increasingly subtle levels leads to higher states of awareness and meditation.