$02 Feb

A 10-Hour Textual Immersion (Workshop) Webinar on Haṭha-yoga-pradīpikā with focus on Prāṇāyāma

Dates | Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 2021*
Time | 7.30 – 9 PM IST
Fee | INR 3,000 per participant
*(Last Session will be a 1-Hour session)


We are happy to announce a textual immersion (workshop) webinar on the Prāṇāyāma based on the second chapter of Haṭhayogapradīpikā aimed at encouraging textual study of Haṭhayogapradīpikā.

Prāṇāyāma is the fourth limb of Aṣṭāṅga-yoga. It has an important role to play both in therapeutic and meditative dimensions of Yoga. Sage Patañjali in Yogasūtras states:

tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśāvaraṇam” (2.52)

Prāṇāyāma helps overcome the covering over light i.e it reduces Rajas and Tamas and thereby promotes Sattva in a practitioner and attunes him/her towards meditative goals.

The Second chapter of Haṭhayogapradīpikā

The very meaning of the word Haṭha is Prāṇāyāma (prāṇāpānayoḥ aikyalakṣaṇaḥ prāṇāyāmaḥ (haṭhayogapradīpikā-jyotsnā 1.1.) The Second chapter of Haṭhayogapradīpikā entirely focused on Prāṇāyāma. It has 78 Sanskrit verses. Prāṇāyāma techniques that are discussed in the second chapter include (verses 44-70):

1. sūryabhedanam
2. ujjāyī
3. sītkārī
4. śītalī
5. bhastrikā
6. bhrāmarī
7. mūrcchā
8. plāvinī

Apart from these, the second Chapter also discusses – the importance of practicing Prāṇāyāma, preparations needed for the practice of Prāṇāyāma like six kriyās, and Nāḍīśodhana and proper methods of practice of Prāṇāyāma. The later portion of the chapter deals with the classification of Prāṇāyāma and higher states/levels of Prāṇāyāma. It also presents the 8 important outcomes of Haṭha Practices – Haṭha-siddhi-lakṣaṇa.

Content and Approach and of the Workshop:
• Overview of contents of Haṭha-yoga-pradīpikā will be provided.
• Sanskrit verses from the second chapter of Haṭha-yoga-pradīpikā pertaining to the eight types/techniques of Prāṇāyāma and their benefits (verses 44-70) and also verses on
Nāḍīśodhana (Verses 7-10) and Kapalabhāti (Verse 35) will be discussed in detail.
• Chanting of the verses, Word-split, paraphrased word by word meaning of the verses will be presented.
• Inputs and insights from Jyotsnā commentary by Brahmānanda on Haṭhayogapradīpikā will be discussed for these verses.

Who can participate?
• Yoga teachers or Yoga practitioners who have completed at least a six-month-Yoga training program (Familiarity with Sanskrit is desirable but not mandatory).

• E-Certificates will be issued for the participants who attend all the sessions.
• Handouts will be provided for all registered participants.
• The registered participants will also get limited access to view the class recordings. Schedule of such uploads will be shared later.

Workshop Faculty
Dr.M.Jayaraman, Director, Textual Research Department

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