- Paperback: 641 pages
- Publisher: Bihar School of Yoga; 3rd edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788185787381
- ISBN-13: 978-8185787381
- ASIN: 8185787387
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
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Hatha Yoga Pradipika Paperback – Laser printed, September 1, 1998
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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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The Haṭhayogapradīpikā consists of four chapters which include information about asanas, pranayama, cakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyās, śakti, nāḍīs and mudrās among other topics.
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. I agree with this, but I feel they do such a great job on coaching throughout the book that you can get pretty far without one. I guess that is why these books are used in their Masters and Doctorate Yoga program in Bihar, India. Also, when read carefully, you will notice that they also mention that no matter what your spiritual/religious beliefs this book can still be used to bring you closer to it, to feel it and also to bring you closer to yourself and humanity. This book is for everyone.
Reading this book alone is a journey in of itself. Another great from the Bihar School of Yoga. To go anymore indepth than I already have would take alot more space. I highly recommend this book to any and all who are looking for a guide for a safe practice toward True Yoga (connection with the supreme). Enjoy.
Other books of theirs to consider (they have helped me understand how life and our bodies really work - inside and out, how disease manifests and how to heal) something I have yet to find in via my doctors ...
Dynamics Of Yoga
Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes
The Practice of Yoga for the Digestive System
PROS: in my personal must read for understanding your yoga practice. It's easy reading. Explanation of the million words in sanskrit is clear and easy to find in appendices. Plus, you'll likely reach enlightenment ;0)