Yoga and Long Life

Yoga and Long Life

By Yogi Gupta (Swami Kailashananda)

Classical hardcover edition of Yoga and Long Life. Yogi Gupta presents a simple definition of the philosophy of Hatha Yoga, together with a series of exercises, including postures for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

Yoga and Long Life

An excerpt from Yoga and Long Life:

Though there are innumerable approaches to the Supreme Spirit, or if you will, the Supreme Truth (all forms of knowledge are finally a form of yoga) and, therefore, innumerable forms of yoga are possible. There are nine chief forms which are commonly practiced in India.

The first is HATHA YOGA, which is the most popular. According to the verses in Goraksha Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika: “The syllable ‘Ha’ represents the sun, and the syllable ‘tha’ represents the moon, and hence the yoking together (yoga) of the sun and the moon is Hatha Yoga.”

This polarity which on our terrestrial globe is symbolized by the warm aspect of the sun and the cold aspect of the moon is present throughout the universe. Within our bodies these positive and negative aspects are represented in our subtle and gross bodies. In our subtle body they appear as two currents (in our spine) along which our perceptions travel between the subtle plexus at the base of the spinal column (Muladhara Chakra, or four leaved lotus) and the subtle plexus at the top of the brain (Sahasrara, or lotus of a thousand petals). These are indicated in Figure I. The negative current travels along the left channel called Ida and the positive along the right channel called Pingala. In our gross bodies the negative and positive aspects are represented by respiration which cools and digestion which warms up the body. It is by achieving a perfect equilibrium between the negative and positive influences in the body that the Hatha yogi reaches the goal.

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