Breath, Bandha and Agni(Fire) :The core of asanas in Hatha Yoga

Have you ever wondered :
– Why such a high importance is placed in Ayurveda on maintaining a balanced fire (Agni) in the body ?
– Why hatha yoga teachers ask you not to drink water during asana practice ?
– Why such a high emphasis is placed in Hatha Yoga on the Bandhas and the Ujjayi breath ?
– About the ancient adage with respect to eating less and maintaining a mild appetite always, especially when traveling in conditions where people could be subjected to illnesses, especially food and water borne ?

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