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Hatha Yoga Pradipika
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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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.
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
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
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.