Hatha Yoga Pradipika Workshop 17/03/2018
17 March @ 12:30 - 14:30
Organised by : Martin
An introduction to the HYP The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to give you the knowledge of controlling the two energies “Ha” and “Tha” (Prana and Apana). Hatha Yoga…
An introduction to the HYP
The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to give you the knowledge of controlling the two energies “Ha” and “Tha” (Prana and Apana). Hatha Yoga is a practical way to control the mind (Raja Yoga) through control of the prana (vital force).
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is recognised as the foremost text on Hatha Yoga. The HYP gives clear and concise instruction on how to perform Hatha Yoga. It lists in detail where we should practice, how we should practice. What we need to do to be successeful in our practice, as well what will cause failure. The HYP is divided into 4 chapters:
- Chapter 1: lists the names and descriptions of the asanas along with proper dietary habits that support the practice.
- Chapter 2: explains Pranayama: the effects it has on the mind and the nadis (patterns of energy). Also introduced are the Six Karmas (acts of purification) which are preparatory exercises for the practice.
- Chapter 3: explains the 10 different Mudras.
- Chapter 4: the final chapter, discusses Samadhi, Laya and Nada and the four stages of greater integration.
In order to fully understand our asana practice, we must study the main texts on yoga. Understanding the philosophy of yoga makes sense of our physical practices, and undertaking our physical practises, brings a greater understanding of yoga philosophy.
This workshop will discuss the historical and philosophical background surrounding the HYP, along with why the HYP was needed at that point in history.
We compare Raja Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ) with HYP (Tantra) in order to fully understand our place in the history of yoga.
We will compare some of the other surviving texts on Hatha Yoga, the Yoga Yajnavalkya (my personal favorite) Gheranda Samhita and the Siva Samhita.
We will look at the practices in the HYP, and dicuss how we can readilly integrate them into our daily self practice.
By the end of the workshop, we will have a clearer understanding of the purpose and reason behind the HYP.