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Hatha Yoga Pradipika

For yoga teachers and interested students with min. 6 months yoga experience.

Most of the world’s yoga traditions were originally based on a series of ancient texts from India written between the 12th and 16th centuries. Today, many traditions have drifted away from these seminal texts and differ from them both in technique and purpose of practice. And while it may be appropriate for some to leave the old texts behind, many depth practitioners find that an awareness of how yoga was practiced and understood in the past can enrich their current practice.

Written by yogi Swatmarama in the 15th century, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the more important sources of wisdom on the ancient practice of yoga. Much of what we know about asana and pranayama can be traced back to descriptions from this text.

This program explores the complete Hatha Yoga Pradipika through lecture, discussion, and practice. As we learn what certain practices were meant to achieve, we can enhance our understanding of the effects our practices are having upon us and thereby increase their positive effects and alleviate the negative ones. If we understand why the traditions and techniques of yoga were established, we can make a conscious choice to respect them, work with them, or move beyond them.

Recommended reading Swami Muktibodhananda, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, or as a standalone program. Participants receive 34 hours of philosophy credit in the Pranakriya 300-hour training.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Min 6 month
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme


Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, senior faculty member for the Kripalu School of Yoga, has a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques.

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