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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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Jun 01, 2010 Martin rated it really liked it
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.
Sian Lile-Pastore
May 24, 2015 Sian Lile-Pastore rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, yoga
A really good yoga book with lots of information - almost like a Hatha bible. It got a little tedious in places but there's just enough about sperm to keep you interested.
I found the book quite enlightening. There is a lot of information on what is the fundamental connection between so many different kinds of Yogic practices that are available to modern man. How are the Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are related made for an interesting read. What is the purpose of the components of Yoga, asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, sadhanas and how they fit with each other is also explained quite well and can be of practical importance for the practitioners of Yoga.
Jun 03, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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).
Jun 24, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
A wonderful classical trestise on yoga. Helps me keep connected to the yogis of past, and the secrets of yoga that they have learnt.
Feb 04, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing
The methods here are very ancient and a bit outdated, but very insightful for a yoga practice.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
Jan 11, 2008 Adam Grossi rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2013 xDEAD ENDx rated it it was amazing
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
Deana Morris
May 16, 2016 Deana Morris rated it it was amazing
This is a hatha yoga manual, written sometime between the sixth and fifteenth centuries. Just a bit before Kino and Nora, never mind Iyengar. This is ancient; gloriously rich in information even without our commentator's interpretation for the 21st century yogi.

Asana is just part of hatha yoga and this book explores many advanced and esoteric practises. From pranayama to shatkarmas, from nudes to bandha, it is all here.

A valuable source text for the serious practitioner.
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.
Aug 20, 2007 Noelle rated it it was amazing
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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.
Nov 28, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Take two, this time for my 500-hour teacher training program. It's more meaningful to me the second time through
Dominick M.koscielniak
Jan 05, 2013 Dominick M.koscielniak rated it it was amazing
Great manual on conservative and ancient yoga practices. Must read for all serious yoga practitioners.
Michael Merwitz
Nov 08, 2010 Michael Merwitz rated it really liked it
well i guess i'll be reading this guy every so often!
a must-read for the curious yogi.
Oaktreeyoga Recommended
Feb 10, 2011 Oaktreeyoga Recommended rated it it was amazing
One of the key texts of Hatha Yoga written in approximately 1500
Oct 25, 2009 Catherine rated it it was ok
Good contemporary commentary resource for the ancient text.
Aug 19, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok
one of my Yoga Teacher Training books. Not a favorite
Mar 08, 2009 Diane is currently reading it
I'm reading this for a research project...
Sep 25, 2008 Johanna rated it it was amazing
Great, but enormous, best read in small doses.
Jul 30, 2009 grace rated it it was amazing
Most important book on Hatha Yoga...
Brooke Sullivan
Jun 02, 2011 Brooke Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga-books
a must have
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