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All Things Evolve: From The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, and Gherand Samhita to The Yoga Classes of Today

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Saturday 10/16/2021 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$108.00 Individual workshop in the Going Deeper Series

6 Yoga Alliance CEUs available

While some of today’s yoga practitioners have read the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, not many even know about the Shiva Samhita or the Gherand Samhita. It might be surprising to hear that these writings are the only three surviving texts of Hatha Yoga.    Considered the most detailed original descriptions of asana (postures), pranayama (breath practices), mudras and bandhas (symbolic hand gestures and energy locks), these writings are also full of contradictions and seemingly bizarre instructions. However, they give us important insights into the traditional practices and purposes of Hatha Yoga.  

We’ll spend our time in this workshop mining the details of these to-do manuals for the gems that can advance our practice. Along the way, we will develop both an intellectual and experiential understanding of the evolution of Hatha Yoga into modern day yoga classes.   You can expect lecture, all-levels welcome physical practice, pranayama, meditation, journaling and group discussion.

Recommended but not required are the following books:

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama, translated by Brian Dana Akers

The Shiva Samhita: A Critical Edition and English Translation by James Mallinson

The Gheranda Samhita: The Original Sanskrit and English Translation by James Mallinson

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