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Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Light on Hatha Yoga) includes the original Sanskrit text compiled by Maharshi Swatmarama with a translation and thorough commentary in english by Swami Satyananda and Swami Muktibodhananda. This text elucidates the entire science of hatha yoga(asana,pranayama,shatkarma,mudra and bandha) as it was conceived and practised not only for healthand fitness ...more
Paperback, 642 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bihar School of Yoga
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Martin
This is real classical yoga contained in these pages. If you want to know how old school yoga goes then this is the book to read. This is a very straight forward, pragmatic approach to yoga for the yogi who is looking for the way that yoga things used to be done. There are a few pages that might make the contemporary yogi a little squeamish but the overall message is about how to purify oneself to prepare for the yogic path.
Amanda
Although it may be hard to apply this book in the "modern age" it will give yogis a connection an ancient and original texts on the practice. It also explains traditional guidelines for other "arms" of yoga including pranayama (breath work/meditation).
Monica
A wonderful classical trestise on yoga. Helps me keep connected to the yogis of past, and the secrets of yoga that they have learnt.
Toni
The methods here are very ancient and a bit outdated, but very insightful for a yoga practice. Also is very helpful to one who does not understand what yoga is: an ancient method of "medicine".
Adam Grossi
This book is a fantastically comprehensive resource for understanding hatha yoga: generally how it developed, and more specifically, how to practice. It's an old text and it advocates a very a certain asceticism that is mostly impractical for 95% of Westerners interested in the discipline ... but even understanding the "pure" form of practicing can be beneficial in its reverberations in more superficial pursuits within the paradigm. If you have any investment in yoga as it's taught in general cl ...more
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I'm not really able to enunciate this thought in an elaborate manner, but there is something profound in this and other ancient yoga texts that speaks to the idea of desubjectification. The idea is that one is able to cultivate the body/mind in a manner where they are no longer split and one is just existing. It's difficult to see something like this as "practical" or "realistic" because of its metaphysical nature, but there must be a way to conceive of a bridge between "spiritual" and material ...more
Roxanne
Jan 06, 2012 Roxanne marked it as unfinished
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I had to read portions of this for my yoga teacher training, but I didn't love the book and didn't find it compelling enough to return to (especially in the midst of all my other teacher training work). However, I'll be hanging onto it for reference and might try to read more of it at some point.
Noelle
Aug 20, 2007 Noelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is a great yoga reference book for the more experienced (meaning you have a basic knowledge of yoga), but not necessarily advanced, practitioners.
Amy
Take two, this time for my 500-hour teacher training program. It's more meaningful to me the second time through
Dominick M.koscielniak
Great manual on conservative and ancient yoga practices. Must read for all serious yoga practitioners.
Michael Merwitz
well i guess i'll be reading this guy every so often!
a must-read for the curious yogi.
Oaktreeyoga Recommended
One of the key texts of Hatha Yoga written in approximately 1500
Catherine
Good contemporary commentary resource for the ancient text.
Emily
one of my Yoga Teacher Training books. Not a favorite
Diane
Mar 08, 2009 Diane is currently reading it
I'm reading this for a research project...
Johanna
Great, but enormous, best read in small doses.
grace
Most important book on Hatha Yoga...
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