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What: Residential course on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India
When: 4-14 July 2015 (must attend from the beginning)
Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)
Instructors: Roshan Palat and his assistants
Description: A ten-day residential course exploring the rich world of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (one of the most influential of the great classic texts on hatha yoga), through both practice instruction and philosophical explorations.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Skt. haṭhayōgapradīpikā, हठयोगप्रदीपिका; literally ‘Clear Light on Sun-Moon Union’) was written in the 15th century CE by Swami Svātmārāma, a disciple of Swami Gorakhnath, drawing on the great wisdom of earlier yoga texts and synthesizing a definitive work that survived the test of time over centuries. Even today, it is regarded as one of the greatest authoritative sources on Hatha Yoga. In fact, scholars view this text as establishing the very definition of hatha yoga as the term is used today.
This course will cover both practice and theory, including:
- Asanas: Instruction and practice in hatha yoga asanas from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Philosophy: Exploration of the profound meaning of the text
- Advanced practice elements: Pranayama, mudra, bandha, dharana, and dhyana
Following is a description of the text and the course provided by Aryamarga Yoga, the organisation that will be conducting this course at the Dharmalaya Institute:
Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the single most authoritative text on the practice and theory of Hatha Yoga that exists today. All the lineages of present-day Hatha Yoga (whether Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Iyengar, Krishnamacarya, Yoga Mandiram, or others) owe their understanding of genuine Hatha Yoga to this one prime text.
The author of this text, Yogi Svatmarama delineates very clearly the three stages to the peak of Yoga, called Samadhi or Raja Yoga. These three steps are Hatha Yoga, Mantra-Bhakti Yoga, and Laya-Kundalini Yoga. All of these Yogas are stations in the system of Yoga called Anuttara Yoga-Tantra.
These Yogas were transmitted in India and Tibet by the lineage of great Tantric and Yogic masters, the lineage of the 84 Mahasiddhas. We at Aryamarga Yoga practice and teach all four Yogas of this ancient and unbroken lineage under the guidance of our eternal masters.
During this ten-day retreat at Dharmalaya, we will study the four chapters of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which include the study and practice of the relevant asanas (physical postures), mudras (psychic gestures), bandhas (life-force locks) and pranayama (life-force expansion) along with the basic practices of holding and awareness meditations.
Accommodation options: Simple, comfortable accommodation in tents/dormitory in a beautiful Himalayan setting.
The base cost for the course is Rs 750 per day (a total of Rs 7500), including accommodation and three healthy (plant-based vegetarian and mostly organic) meals per day. Also, at the end of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to give dana (traditional offering of donations) to support the yoga instructor and Dharmalaya.
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Additional Information on the Yoga Aspects of the Retreat
About the Practice of Yoga
In order to prepare the body and the mind to receive the realisations described in the great yoga texts, the channels of energy (naadis) in the mind-body must be prepared. In order to do this, the great sages of ancient India devised an eight-step process called Raja (royal) yoga. The third of these eight steps is known as Hatha yoga. The word Hatha has two meanings: the first is sun and moon; the second is forceful. Taken together, these two meanings indicate that Hatha yoga is the forceful balancing of the solar and lunar energies within our body. This balancing is achieved through the correct application of three things: physical postures, certain techniques of breathing, and techniques of mental visualisation.
About the Yoga Instructor
Roshan Palat trained in Raja yoga and Laya yoga under the guidance of Swami Ganeswara Giri of Uttarkashi. He then underwent training in Hatha Yoga from the lineage of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. After a decade of yoga training, Roshan began studies of Buddhism, which led him to Himachal Pradesh in 2012.