Yoga Trivia Quiz

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1. Hatha

The form of yoga familiar to most people is hatha yoga, the physical branch of yoga that is concerned with performing sequencs of postures. What does the word hatha actually mean?

A) A species of monkey, the Nilgiri langur, whose flexibility yogis emulate
B) Force
C) Harmony
D) Union of the opposing principles of the Sun (ha) and the Moon (tha)

Your answer — D) Union of the opposing principles of the Sun (ha) and the Moon (tha) — was incorrect.

Some branches of yoga focus on meditation and other introspective disciplines, but hatha yoga takes the physical body as its starting point. The attractive idea that the word hatha is a combination of the Sanskrit words for the Sun and the Moon, implying a balancing of the two influences, is unfortunately based on false etymology.

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