AdiNath (Lord Siva) is the exponent of Yoga. The tradition passes from Lord Siva to MatsyendraNath and onward to GorakshaNath and Swatma Rama. In this lineage 64 Siddhas (masters) have continues the Natha tradition and made valuable contributions to it. As these Siddhas were exponents of Tantra and Hatha Vidya that has been imparted from ancient time to present has significant relationship with Tantric science.
The basic principles of practicing Hatha Vidya are based on the ‘ChaturAngaYoga’(Four limbs of Yoga) explained in the treatise written by Swatma Rama titled ‘Hatha Pradipika’(Light on Hatha Vidya).
The followers of Natha tradition designed and made contributions to the practice of Yoga by adopting the pedagogies of Gheranda Muni and Gorakshanath in their techniques to make it more useful and efficient in attaining supreme goals of human prosperity and wellbeing
The word “Hatha Vidya” means the wisdom of yoga. The term ‘Hatha’ in Sanskrit is composed of two syllables ‘Ha’ and ‘tha’, ‘ha’ represents the prana or vital energy and ‘tha’ means the moon, representing the mental energy. By practicing Hatha Vidya, these two energy flows are synchronized leading to a balanced state of mind.
Hatha Vidya is the purest and the most traditional form of yoga. It is the first step to improve one’s psycho physiological state (mind and body) and complete well being. Hatha Vidya empowers one to control the mind through body.
PRACTICE OF HATHA VIDYA
Beginning with easy asanas (postures) the body is made to undergo a thorough cleansing process based on the Shad Karma Kriyas (a six-fold cleansing process) to equip the body for a full-fledged practice of Kumbhaka Padhathi (Pranayama). Then with the use of Mudras (symbolic gestures) & Bandhas (a binding action involving pressure or contraction) the Practitioner is fully prepared to explore Nadaanusandhan (pursuing inner and external sounds, a pure and meticulous practice of corporeal and spiritual bliss).
Bala, the Founder and the Chairman of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, hails from Thrissur district of Kerala in India. His journey on the Path of Yoga began in Yoga - Vedanta Forest Academy, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, where he attained the basic training in Yoga. After which he took to extensive traveling through the expanse of Northern India, exploring his way to seek the truth. Fortunately, he came across some of the eminent masters who imparted him the wisdom to experience the true essence of Yogic journey. Having bathed in this light of wisdom, his thirst was catalyzed for more. So, he associated himself with the traditional Yoga centers of high reputation namely Kaivallya Dham, Lonavala, Bihar school of Yoga etc. In 2006 he met his Guru H.H.Srividyamba Saraswathi of Tamil Nadu and received initiation into Naatha tradition. Under the tutelage of his Guru, in 2008, he established Hatha Vidya Gurukulum at Thrisssur, Kerala in order to impart training to Yoga aspirants from all Walks of life.
In 2009, under his chairmanship Thapobhoomi, a residential Yoga centre was established on the banks of the Gayathri river at Pazhayannur in Thrissur district of Kerala. Its Publication division started in 2010. ‘Hathavidya, a quarterly in Malayalam, exclusively for Yoga and Tantra, is being Published under his editorship. In order to augment the science of Yoga and related training, among school children , he has authored live books on yoga training , adopting scientific methodology . These five texts are envisaged to cover four stages of Yoga Practices, aptly titled ‘The Drops’, ‘Blossoms’, ‘In the Mould’, ‘Progress’ and ‘Metamorphosis'.
In December 2012, Bala established the first International wing of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, in Dubai, UAE .