Hatha Yoga is that topic of the Yogi philosophy which deals with physical body-its care-its well being- its health and all that tends to keep it in its natural and normal state of health.. It teaches a natural means of living and voices the cry that has been taken up by many in the western world "let us get back to the nature," Excepting that the yogi does not have to get back for he is already there, for he has always clung close to nature and her ways, and has not been confused and befooled by the mad rush toward externals which has a caused the modern civilized races to forget that such a thing as nature existed. Fashion and social ambitions have not reached the yogi�s consciousness, he smiles at these things, and regards them as he dose the pretenses of childish games, he has not been lured from nature�s arms, but continues to cuddle close up the bosom of his good mother who has always give him nourishment, warmth and protection.. Hatha yoga is first, nature; second nature and last , nature. When confronted with a choice of methods, plans, theories, etc, apply to them the touchstone; "which is the natural way," and always choose that which seems to conform the nearest to nature. Hatha yoga preaches a sane, natural, normal manner of living and life, which, if followed will benefit any one. It keeps close to nature and advocated a return to natural methods in preference to those which have grown up around us in our artificial habits. The yogis believe that the real Man is not his body. They know that the immortal "I" of which each human being is conscious to a greater of lesser degree, is not the body which it merely occupies and uses. They know that body for what it is and are not deceived into the belief that it is the real Man, but while knowing these things, they also know that the body is the instrument in which, and by which the Spirit manifests and works. They know that the fleshly covering is necessary for Man�s manifestation and growth in this particular stage of his development. Thy know that the body is the temple of the spirit. And they, consequently , believe that the care and development of the body is as worthy a task as is the development of some of the higher parts of Man, for with an unhealthy and imperfectly developed physical body, the mind cannot function properly, nor can the instrument be used to the best advantage by its master, the Spirit.