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  • Paperback: 641 pages
  • Publisher: Bihar School of Yoga; 3rd edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185787387
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185787381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Book represents the fructification of the author's unlimited wisdom to interpret and illuminate this ancient Hatha Yoga Text for the common man. --Publisher

About the Author

The author was born on 8th December 1959, in Melbourne, Australia. From childhood she was drawn to the disciplines of yogic sadhana and ashram life. At the age of seventeen she moved to India and became a worthy disciple of Swami Satyananda Sarawati. Under the guidance of her guru.she has done research into the ancient yogic texts,Swara Yoga-the The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing and this commentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.She si well versed in the scientific as well as traditional aspects of yoga. In 1985 Swami Mukti Bodhananda returned to Australia.She now lives and teaches in Brisbane.

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This is exactly the book that my yoga teacher trainer recommended.
Sarah S. Marter
This book is "the source" for methods of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and meditation practice providing clear step-by-step instruction.
Micki P
This translation and commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda of the Bihar School of Yoga is on the reading lists at most yoga centers.
Mahasri Yoga

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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By listost on April 21, 2005
This book is a must-have for yoga practicioners that want to go beyond simple asanas. This is a wonderful way to learn of hatha yoga's roots as a holistic system, and even put it into practice, since this book is a modern compilation of ancient Indian lesson-texts put into modern English. Hatha Yoga Pradipika means "Light on Hatha Yoga" (not to be confused with modern and lesser imitations that use that title). Holding this book in my hands feels like direct access to a rich history of the roots of hatha unscathed by "new age" ideas. Basically the book is about classical postures, breath control, and cleansing.

Interestingly, the book does not talk about food intake--basically says that it is not important to spend too much time thinking about what food to eat, how much, etc. (this is a nice change in a modern world that obsesses over food). However, it does go into length on the subject of cleansing the body using several methods, some of which are extreme, but some of which a novice could do with some courage.

Another interesting thing about the texts in this book is that although they are traditional, the focus isn't spent on spiritual concepts such as chakras, kundalini, or meditation, etc, it even rarely mentions relatively popular yoga terms such as prana or nadis. As it is well-known about hatha, the people who practiced these ancient rituals believed that persons could not reach enlightenment through stillness and meditation, but instead, through physical asana and purification. There are interesting and clear ideas concerning this inside the book as well.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Micki P on April 13, 2007
An all-encompassing text on the vast teachings of hatha yoga, lucidly expanding on each verse from the original Pradipika written in the 1300's. This book is "the source" for methods of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and meditation practice providing clear step-by-step instruction. A remarkably easy read for such dense material.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nik on February 24, 2010
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If you are familiar withthe Bihar School of Yoga text, you will know how wonderful their books and insights are. Their research stems not only from a spiritual point of view but from a scientific and medical one.

I had only the mildest of thought of what I might find in this text as I was purchasing it. I figured it would be an indepth book on the religious aspects of the system we know as Yoga. Was I mistaken... Here I found a work so compelling and utterly educating. I can not understand why I hadn't purchased this book earlier. On my quest to understand Yoga and why I do the asana's, pranayama's, mudra's and meditation, I came into contact with the Bihar School of Yoga's great work Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha/2008 Fourth Revised Edition and was blown away. Then came several more books from this school. Every one of these books have taught me something more than what I could ever hope to find on the internet. I delved further into learning true Yoga. This book is no different.

Each text in here begins with the original sanskrit writing. Then follows the engish translation of the sanskrit. Lastly, but in no way less important, follows the translation and expansion of these great writings by Swami Satyananda and Swami Muktibodhananda, giving insight on how things can be done in todays world owing to dramatic change of living and the spreading of these teaching all over the world, adapting it to everyones personal situation. Throughout they suggest that a guru is obtained to walk you through the changes and insights you will likely experience while practicing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mahasri Yoga on May 18, 2011
Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the oldest surviving text on hatha yoga, written possibly in 15th century CE by Swatmarama. The most-widely cited and quoted text on yoga, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, was written several centuries earlier. Hatha Yoga Pradipika is as essential as the Yoga Sutras.

This translation and commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda of the Bihar School of Yoga is on the reading lists at most yoga centers. The Sanskrit text is translated and then followed through with a detailed, informative commentary. This is the most comprehensive, clearest, modern commentary on Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The history of yoga given at the beginning of the book, Swamiji on Hatha Yoga, clarifies much confusion. Understanding this history may help remove the tension and rivalry that exist between hatha yogis and raja yogis. Hatha Yoga Pradipika itself is fairly clear on what it means by hatha and raja.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika consists of four stages: asanas (15 are named and described), shatkarma kriyas and pranayamas, mudras, bandhas. The physical postures of asanas activate the vital life force prana. The cleansing practices of shatkarma kriyas clean the body of toxins. The breathing practices of pranayamas purify the energy channels and balance prana. Hand gestures, called mudras, activate certain pressure points to channel the prana. Yogic locks, called bandhas, draw prana up to higher energy centers called chakras. This self-contained book describes everything generously, with detailed instructions so the reader has all the information on the theory as well as clear directions (with line diagrams) on the practice. Reference to another book or source is not necessary.

The purpose of these stages is to prepare the body for the awakening of spiritual energy, called kundalini.
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