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The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Translated) 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 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19729 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: YogaVidya.com; 1 edition (1 September 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MNSWJA6
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1.0 out of 5 stars An unexplained and inexplicable collection of utterly senseless quotes and useless poses 14 April 2017
By Richard W Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the enticing descriptions in the product ads, this book consists of a series of pretzel poses that are completely unthinkable for 99.9% of Americans and page after page of unexplained quotes like this one, appearing in both Sanskrit and English: "Contract the sun, then make the kundalini move. Where is the fear of death even for one inside the mouth of death?" (p. 80). Or, "What else but the practice of kundalini can wash away the impurities of the seventy-two thousand nadis?" And "Having raised the apana upwards, the yogi should guide the prana below the throat. Being liberated from old age, he will be a youth of sixteen." And on and on it goes, for 113 pages. Needless I returned the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal basic translation, without excessive adornment 2 February 2012
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I found all of the other reviews of this book to be very helpful, so am writing this review to emphasize that this book consists of a very basic translation of the original work which I found, as a beginning student, quite accessible (as opposed to being esoteric and full of weird terms).

I second another reviewer's comment that the writer's translation style is "straightforward, clear and elegant".

I will add, in this review, a comment about where this book fits into the overall study of yoga. This book is one of the basic reference texts. Not the only one, but its value is that it is short, and contains JUST the translation of the basic text by the same name (Hatha Yoga Pradipika) that was originally published in the fifteenth century, in Sanskrit.

I think it would be difficult for anyone to just take this book and start learning yoga from scratch. One could do that, but most people will probably want to work with an instructor, and/or use videos which can be downloaded from the internet. Anyone starting yoga would also be well advised to try several different instructors, if that is possible, and practice with the style that seems to resonate best.

I only started doing serious reading about yoga after I began to learn and practice Ashtanga Yoga, which -- unfortunately, I think -- wasn't until about three years into my own practice. Now, I consider this book to be a basic and indispensible reference source. Many other books might refer to its translations, but for what it is -- a simple and unadorned translation of the actual original text -- it is very useful. Kind of like having a "pocket" dictionary to walk around with when you are in a foreign country, compared to having a big, fat, huge comprehensive dictionary to use when you are at home with all of your other books when you are going into more detailed studies.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading for students of Yoga. 30 May 2011
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As a student of yoga, I have seen "The Hatha Yoga Pradipika" on several Yoga-teacher trainers' lists of recommended or required reading. The generally short verses focus on:

1) Asana, the physical practice of yoga postures, which are accompanied by helpful photos of an accomplished practitioner;
2) Pranayama, or energy control facilitated mainly by the breath;
3) Mudras or energy seals; and
4) Samadhi, the non-dualistic state of super-consciousness achieved through dedicated practice and meditation.

As such, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika concentrates and expands on three of the eight limbs of classical Raja Yoga (Ashtanga) described in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali. The verses assume that the reader has a working knowledge of Yoga philosophy, practice, and terminology and Brian Akers acknowledges that the translation reflects an "esoteric work that is purposely oblique at times...."; one that will require some work from the reader. To me this adds a measure of mystique to the book that may entice the reader to further study. It would be nice if there were photos or diagrams to accompany the verses in Chapter Two - Pranayama and Chapter Three - Mudras to support and help to explain the narrative, but even still, I would recommend the book to any serious yoga student who seeks a fuller understanding of traditional Hatha Yoga.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good resource for teachers in training 23 August 2012
By yoginimf - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hatha Yoga Pradipika was required for my yoga teacher training program. I found it to be an interesting and excellent supplement to the didactic and practical elements of my training. For a student just beginning the study of the written teachings of hatha yoga, the structure of the book makes it easy to get through. The pictures are both essential and helpful. Use of the original Sanskrit was a beautiful addition. While I think the book would be more difficult to practically use for a student beginning hatha yoga without other instruction, for a practicioner with a regular practice, or a newer student studying with a trained teacher, it would be a great enhancement to their study. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it only minor complaints (for kindle iPad) 18 January 2016
By Heartny - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought it in kindle version. I like the pictures. They make it much easier to comprehend the poses, but it seems there are some conflicts about how the poses should be expressed from the commonly practiced way, such as gomukasana, virasana, and matsyendrasana... Also the name of the next pose often appears under the previous pose's picture (kindle iPad) and it can be confusing. Nonetheless my classmates always look at my pradipika even though they have their own!

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