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From the Introduction 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. 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. Table of Contents Introduction Asanas Pranayama Mudras Samadhi Contributors About the Author Now living in Woodstock, New York, Brian Dana Akers began practicing Yoga at age twelve, learning Sanskrit at seventeen, and working in publishing at twenty-three. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Eight Sample Verses Yoga succeeds by these six: enthusiasm, openness, courage, knowledge of the truth, determination, and solitude. Success is achieved neither by wearing the right clothes nor by talking about it. Practice alone brings success. This is the truth, without a doubt. When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady. Therefore one should restrain the breath. As salt and water become one when mixed, so the unity of self and mind is called samadhi. He who binds the breath, binds the mind. He who binds the mind, binds the breath. Center the self in space and space in the self. Make everything space, then don't think of anything. Empty within, empty without, empty like a pot in space. Full within, full without, full like a pot in the ocean. Don't think of external things and don't think of internal things. Abandon all thoughts, then don't think of anything.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga. The text describes asanas, purifying practices, shatkarma, mudras, finger and hand positions, bandhas, locks, and pranayama, breath exercises. The book explains the purpose of Hatha Yoga, the awakening of subtle energy kundalini, advancement to Raja Yoga, and the experience of deep meditative absorption known as samadhi.
Description: The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is an important text in which are enumerated the essentials of yoga. It explains in clear terms the asanas, pranayama, mudras, and the samdhi which are essential in the practice of yoga and describes the stages and the correct methods for doing these. It also discusses the philosophy underlying the yoga and is a manual of instructions for the students of yoga. The importance of this text for teacher and student of yoga alike cannot be overestimated as this treatise is of immense practical value. The present work contains the original Sanskrit text and its translation into English alongwith an Introduction. Contents Introduction I. On Asanas II. On Pranayama III. On Mudras IV. On Samadhi
This is perhaps the most detailed commentary, most English-expressed translation of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with profuse illustrations of what happens in the subtle body of a yogi who is proficient in kundalini manipulation for subtle body transformation. Some diagrams show what happens in the subtle body of a yogi who masters this process. The tantric aspects of controlled psyche-arresting sexual intercourse is plainly discusses just as Swatmarama Mahayogin did in the Sanskrit original but with more details in the commentary of exactly how that is done. This is the theory. A reader is responsible for the practice but there is sufficient exposition. Any ascetic can use this information to develop a kundalini yoga practice. The raja yoga integration of remaining introverted while being externally occupied is explained. Kundalini yoga as it is described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a complicated mix of ascetic practices, but if the student learns each of the aspects from a competent teacher, it can be mastered. This book is the syllabus for such education and gives the theoretical platform for this.
This groundbreaking commentary sheds light on the ancient scripture, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, dispelling the confusion and misinformation that permeated the world of Hatha Yoga today. Shri Yogi Hari, a world-renowned Yogi from the Sivananda lineage, a venerable Rishi, beloved Guru and perfected Master of Hatha, Nada and Raja Yoga, has selflessly dedicated his life to bringing the ancient mystical knowledge of Yoga to humanity until now. Also included are inspiring pictures of Shri Yogi Hari performing various Asanas and Mudras with detailed descriptions and easy-to-follow instructions on how to get into such poses.