$15 Sep

Textual Immersion on Haṭha-yoga-pradīpikā – Focus on Āsana-s

With inputs from Brahmānanda’s Jyotsnā Commentary

Dates | September 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 & October 6, 2020
Time | 7.30 – 9 PM IST
Programme Fee | Rs. 2,500 per participant
To Register | Fill the Form Enclosed

Introduction

Āsana is one of the important limbs of Yoga. Āsana-s have an important role to play both in therapeutic and meditative dimensions of Yoga. “Āsanena rajo hanti”- Āsana reduces Rajas and thereby promotes Sattva in a practitioner and attunes him towards his meditative goals. There is a variant reading of this verse ‘Āsanena rajo hanti’- Āsana eliminates diseases and thus assists an individual in realising his therapeutic goals.

Traditions of Yogāsana practice are varied in the contemporary Yoga scene across the globe. Textual authority from ancient times are existent which help practitioners to refer and conform to the ancient tradition.

Śrī T Krishnamacharya is considered the father of modern Yoga. While he was a great innovator in Yoga instruction and therapy, the Ācarya was firmly rooted in the hoary textual tradition. Śrī Krishnamacharya himself was a prolific composer of texts on Yoga. In keeping with the strong textual orientation of our Ācarya, research division of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is happy to announce a textual immersion (workshop) on Hahayogapradīpikā with focus on the first chapter that discusses Āsana-s extensively .

Hahayogapradīpikā (HYP) by Svātmārāma is a 15th century text that delineates the principles of Hahayoga practice. This text has served as the cornerstone for the evolution of modern-day Yoga practice. It has four chapters that deal with various tools of Yoga, like Āsana, Prāāyāma, Mudhrā-s, Bandha-s and Nādanusandhāna.  A commentary on this text by Brahmānanda  (circa 19th Century) called Jyotsnā brings out the finer aspects of this text.

Approach  and Content of the Workshop:

In this workshop, all Saṁskṛta verses pertaining to Āsana-s from Haha-yoga-pradīpikā will be discussed in detail, with inputs from Jyotsnā commentary. The chanting of the verses will also be taught.

The first chapter of HYP has 67 Saṁskṛta verses. Āsana-s that are discussed in the first chapter include (verses 18-54):

  1. Svastikāsana
  2. Gomukhāsana
  3. Vīrāsana
  4. Kūrmāsana
  5. Kukkuāsana
  6. Uttānakūrmakāsana
  7. Dhanurāsana
  8. Matsyendrāsana
  9. Paścimatānāsana
  10. Mayūrāsana
  11. Śavāsana
  12. Siddhāsana – 2 variations (also known as Vajrāsana, Muktāsana, Guptāsana)
  13. Padmāsana – 3 variations
  14. Sihāsana
  15. Bhadrāsana (also called as Gorakāsana)

Apart from Āsana-s, the first chapter also addresses – Yogic tradition and teachers, purpose of Hahayoga, various prerequisites for Yoga such as ambience, preparatory practices, food, hints to  attain success in the path of Hahayoga, general sequence of elements of Hahayoga and other guidelines to be followed by a Yogin (1-18 & 55-67).   These aspects will also be touched upon.

Who can participate?

  • Yogāsana Practitioners, who have completed at least a six-month-Yoga training program
  • Āsana teachers
  • Familiarity with Sanskrit is desirable but not mandatory.

Class notes will be made accessible to all registered participants. The registered participants will also get limited access to view the class recordings. Schedule of such uploads will be shared later.

Resource Person for the Workshop 

Dr. M. Jayaraman, Director, Research (Textual) Department, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram


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