SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA Born on the 8th September, , in the illustrious — Hatha Yoga Pradipika (10) INTRODUCTION The whole universe from the Lord Siva, Rama, Krishna, Devi or your Ishta Devata in front of you with open eyes. mentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Swami devotion to Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Sivananda Lakshmi, Sivaram & Sasi, Des Berges. electricity”; the new book Swami Vishnudevananda Upadesha has been Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Vishnudevananda. YOGALife Sivaram & Sasi.

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Join the two arms together and rest them on the ground, palms facing the ground. Although it may be hard to apply this book in the “modern age” it will give yogis a connection an ancient and original texts on the practice.

If you have any investment in yoga as it’s taught in general cl This book is a fantastically comprehensive resource for understanding hatha yoga: Similarly all other conscious or unconscious actions are performed by you. Owing to the pressure of hand on the stomach below the navel, the abdominal arota is partially compressed and the blood is directed towards the digestive organs.

Do not go so far as to induce fatigue. Svatmarama explains various types of pranayamas and their effects, but cautions that just as a trainer of lions, tigers or elephants studies their habits and moods and treats them with kindness and compassion, and then puts them through their paces slowly and steadily, the practitioner of pranayama should study the capacity of his lungs and make the mind passive in order to tame the incoming and outgoing breath. Of course there is no universal recipe; every individual has his own weaknesses.

Certainly he will have profited in some ways. This particular edition is as new translation, and includes the Sanskrit text for those who want to dig deeper — something this publisher does with all their classic Sanskrit texts. No book can proceed in such a manner. Keep the knees close. The last three cannot be described, only experienced. Just as all the multitude of asanas aim at the spinal column, so the essence of prana is centered in kumbhaka, the period when there is no breathing. But for this we need a certain noncompul-sive way of practice that is the leitmotiv of the whole yoga system.


It kept me thinking though: Health is that state in which a man sleeps well, digests his food well, is quite at ease, is free from any sort of disease or uneasiness. Or spread on the ground a fourfolded blanket and a cloth over it. They begin in the nostril of their respective sides, wind once around the ajna chakra like thread around a spindle, and end all the way down where the main channel, the sushumna, also ends, in the muladhara chakra. Patience and perseverance, earnestness and sincerity are needed.

Rest the chin on the ground by raising the head a little up. At the end I have given important articles on Kundalini, the methods to awaken it, Concentration, Health and Longevity. Keep the arm and forearm straight and stiff.

After food you can sit on this Asana for a short time. There is much wear and tear in the muscles through overwork, strain and tension on account of heavy expenditure of Hatya or energy. In the Bhagavat Purana, one of the richest of the ancient texts of Indian mythology and symbolism, we find a legend which is more than merely a legend.

Suppose you wish to lift up a chair.

Immediately after performing the Yogic exercises, no physical exercise should be done, because all the Asanas are done to tone up the internal organs and tissues. Not every teacher is a guru, and, strangely enough, not every guru is a teacher. Bhastrika will remove Asthma and consumption. Now keep the palms facing the ground. So far we can call it “the pure idea.


Yoga Swami Svatmarama. Hatha yoga pradipika

No Hatha Yoga, no Veerya. Afflictions arising through self-abuse and self-inflictions are adhyatmika. In other words, only when we have completely exhausted our own resources does the guru guide us to the solution of the last question, the final goal. Thought sivaraa form in action through contraction of muscles.

This is ancient; gloriously rich in information even without our commentator’s interpretation for the 21st century yogi. You can repeat the process six times. Yogis know this science well. I recommend that the Hatha Yoga Pradipika be studied in conjunction with Patanjali’s celebrated sutras as aids to your practice.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Emission of semen is death; preservation of semen is life. You will have to practise at least one exercise from each group. Some can swim for a long distance. Our text claims–and rightly so–to be a yoga system hatha yoga that leads from what seems to be sheerly physical culture to the highest goal, raja yoga.

This is a good exercise for the abdominal viscera and limbs. swa,i

According to your temperament, capacity and time at your disposal you can select one or two Asanas from each group. Human beings aresubject to afflictions of three types: In course of practice you can bury the face between the knees and keep the palms firmly on the ground. With the support of the hands and elbows, lie down quite flat on the back.