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Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The

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The classic manual on Hatha Yoga. This affordable, definitive edition of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika contains the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, and full-page photographs of all the asanas.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by (first published 1450)
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Dennis Littrell
Svatmarama, Brian Dana Akers, trans. Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2002) *****
Closest thing to a "source code" that we have

The two best known English translations of Svatmarama's classical text on yoga from the Fifteenth Century are by Pancham Singh and Elsy Becherer. The former is 87 years old and the latter is a translation (with commentary by Hans-Ulrich Rieker) from the German, and is therefore twice removed from the original Sanskrit. Both books are out of print. Surprisingly there is virtually not
Samantha Newman
Four stars because I enjoyed it. It's neat to know you're reading such an old text, right back at least close to the origins of yoga. I mean I learned a lot about how it has changed. Super quick read. Many interesting concepts and ideas about yoga, things to try. It must be said, there's a lot if "throw aways" here though. A lot of mystical ideas that I don't believe in to the extent suggested here, and a lot of sexism, obviously. Stuff I can kind of just write off. They were entertaining though ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Tom added it
Trying to "go back to the source" on Yoga, as there seems to be a lot of misinformation or outright jive floating around. This appears to be a good translation: cheap and there are explanatory text and illustrations, but I would have preferred more explanation in a few places. Can't give a star rating, as I'd have to compare it with other translations/analyses.
Terry Lancaser
A wonderful way to read the Yoga classic straight through w/o commentary. The last chapter revealing the practice of Nada Yoga is especially useful.
A wonderful yoga classic, filled with great lines to ponder about. It kept me thinking though: What is the sound that a cloud makes?
Harsh Dutta
Well, Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the complete, complex and comprehensive take on Hatha yoga - encompassing the entire spectrum of yoga philosophy and practice. With elaboration on each shloka, it throws enough light on the nuances such as shatkarma, pranyama, asana, band has, mudras and samadhi. Having read Pradipika, a yoga aspirant has very little to read more, but a whole lot to practice and inculcate. True that Hatha Yoga Pradipika was written in the 15th century, and targeted at full-time yogi ...more
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is an ancient yoga treatise (read the English translation, of course!) and all I can say is I'm glad I practice yoga in present time as some of the prescribed exercises sound like something that would be considered torture today. However, the parts about pranayama were instructive and I did enjoy the read from an historical stand point.
Luciana Vichino
Leitura rápida e divertida com temas interessantes, curiosidades e altas viagens!
Para quem já pratica yoga esclarece alguns pontos, mas acho que deve ser bem confuso para quem não conhece nada sobre o tema.
Nov 02, 2014 Sherry added it
2 hours to read & a lifetime to study
Esse livro só é viável a praticantes do Hatha Yoga por ser estritamente específico, ou como diria Mircea Eliade, não adianta ler livros sobre yoga, só praticando compreende-se verdadeiramente.
Nov 03, 2012 Kaethe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Didn't understand chapter 4 at all (on samadhi), but the other three were pretty interesting from an historical perspective...
Liz DeMarco
This was an interesting read, will have to go back to it and reread as the prana section was kind of confusing.
Thourough review of the classical Hatha yoga's origines. Interesting but demanding on concentration.
Oaktreeyoga Recommended
One of the key texts of yoga - I love this translation - it's so readable and simple.
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“OVER THE last half millennium, one book has established itself as the classic work on Hatha Yoga—the book you are holding in your hands. An Indian yogi named Svatmarama wrote the Hatha Yoga Pradipika in the fifteenth century C.E. Next to nothing is known about him, although his name may provide a clue. It means “one who delights in one’s Atman,” indicating the achievement of a state of bliss. Drawing on his own experience and older works now lost, he wrote this book for the student of Yoga. He wrote this book for you.” 0 likes
“The science of Hatha should be kept top secret by the yogi desirous of success. It is potent when concealed and impotent when revealed. The Hatha yogi should live in a secluded hut free of stones, fire, and dampness to a distance of four cubits in a country that is properly governed, virtuous, prosperous, and peaceful.” 0 likes
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