PURPOSE OF HATHA YOGA

A summary of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika By Adriana Maldonado, May 2017 Swami Satyananda Saraswati describes the main objective of hatha yoga in the Introduction of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP) (Muktibodhananda 1998) as:  “to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind and energy.” He continues describing … Continue reading PURPOSE OF HATHA YOGA

PRANAYAMA IN THE CONTEXT OF THE HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA

By Adriana Maldonado, May 2017 Pranayama has been translated as the “extension of prana (breath or life force)” (Wikipedia 2017) or “breath control”. In the yogic tradition both definitions are used, the first as a subtle description and the second as the practical and systematic description. Etymologically, pranayama is composed by two words in Sanskrit, … Continue reading PRANAYAMA IN THE CONTEXT OF THE HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA