Hatha Yoga , A journey towards the higher level of consciousness.
The journey here starts by cleansing the body in six different ways(shatkarmas). All the internal organs are cleansed & purity. Then starts the actual journery. For hatha yoga believes, without internal purity nothing can be accomplished.
Though there is a fiddling deviation from Ashtanga yoga, there is lot of resemblance between the teaching of yoga sutras & hatha yoga except the history behind them.
I’d say Hatha Yoga is the preliminary practice which is going to lead one to the higher realms of ones ownself. Hatha yoga practices act as a means to discipline the mind & will to the core. With a strong foundation of Hatha yoga, A yogis journey to pursue any chosen path becomes simplified.
Consisting of Four chapters on Asana, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandha, Samadhi; The Hatha Yoga provides a lucid explain of the various techniques & takes an individual to another dimension all together.