The Himalayan Tradition is a meditative (dhyana) tradition. All the practices, including asanas are practiced to prepare oneself for meditation. Hatha yoga is taught as an integrated practice, which includes centering, correct breathing, breath-awareness, stretching sequences, joints & glands movements, asanas, subtle-body relaxations, pranayamas, and meditation. There is a focus on not only positioning the body correctly, but also on experiencing what is happening within. Asanas are performed with reverence and gentleness in the mind, moving from outside inwards.
Hatha Yoga, as taught within the Himalayan Tradition is understood as “a continuum” involving all the eight limbs of Raja yoga, especially Ahimsa.