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The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
     

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

by Svatmarama
 

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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

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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.


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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.

Editorial Reviews

Christophe Mouze
"A new, crisp, no-nonsense translation of this great classic on the practice of Hatha Yoga. . . . If one, like me, holds that the work of the translator is to be as discreet as possible, then this very faithful translation is probably the best available. . . . The publisher, YogaVidya.com, also produces a version of the Gheranda Samhita, and, I am told, is working on the Shiva Samhita. Serious Yoga students watch out-these are serious translations of serious classics."
Online Yoga Magazine
Yoga Site
"This lively and lucid translation includes the original Sanskrit. It is a must-have for any serious student or teacher."
Indology
Beautifully printed and translated. Wonderful pictures, too.
Woodstock Times
There is a certain magic at work here—as if Svatmarama has projected himself through time, expressing himself through Akers.
Midwest Book Review
This faithful reproduction is an impressive and highly recommended reference for students and devoted practitioners of Hatha Yoga.
Kalamazoo Gazette
Written over five-hundred years ago, the text is considered by many a seminal work on the practice of Hatha Yoga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989996648
Publisher:
YogaVidya.com
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
695,602
File size:
21 MB
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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.

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Ashok Aklujkar
Accurate and accompanied by clear pictures, this translation of an informative Sanskrit text is a very useful addition to the growing literature on Yoga in Western languages.
— author of Sanskrit: An Easy Introduction to an Enchanting Language

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