The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Translated)
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. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 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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Amaroli apana asanas Atman attain awakening the kundalini bandha best yogis Bhastrika bindu bliss body body’s Brahma nadi Brahman Brahmarandhra brows called cavity chakra chapter concentrating conquers death Contract the anus destroy old age divine enters the Sushumna Exhale the breath flows gastric fire guru Hatha Yoga Pradipika Hold the breath Ida and Pingala impurities inhale prana Jalandhara Jalandharabandha Kapalabhati Kevalakumbhaka Khechari Khecharimudra knowable knows Kukkutasana kundalini move laya left ankle left foot liberated Mahabandha Mahamudra Mahavedha manonmani masters middle mind dissolves motionless mouth mudras Mulabandha Nauli navel nectar nose obtained one’s Padmasana perineum perish phlegm diseases powers practice pranayama Raja Yoga right ankle Sahajoli Sanskrit science of Hatha semen seminal fluid seventy-two thousand nadis shakti Shambhavimudra Shavasana Shiva Siddha Siddhasana six karmans sleeping kundalini Slowly sound steady stomach’s Svatmarama thigh throat tongue translation Trataka Uddiyana Uddiyanabandha unmani unsteady Vajroli various kumbhakas Vastikarman verse worship the Atman yogi in samadhi