Haṭhayogapradīpikā by Svātmārāma is one of the most popular texts of the Haṭhayoga tradition. It contains nearly 400 verses divided into 4 chapters called upadeśas.
Prathamopadeśaḥ (First chapter) – deals with the pre-requisites to yoga and some important Āsanas
Dvitīyopadeśaḥ (Second chapter) – deals with Prāṇāyāma and the six Karmas for cleansing the body
Tṛtīyopadeśaḥ (Third chapter) – deals with the various Mudrās and their benefits
Caturthopadeśaḥ (Fourth chapter) – deals with Dhāraṇā, Dhyāna and Samādhi
Study of the Haṭhayogapradīpikā is prescribed for the elective Yoga paper in the third year of śāstri examinations of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
In these audio lectures, Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan (Director – Research, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram) explains the verses of Haṭhayogapradīpikā in simple Sanskrit. Well-versed in both the textual and practical aspects of Yoga, he adheres to the traditional Sanskrit commentaries while explaining the text, also pointing out the variations prevalent in modern-day practice, wherever applicable.
Note: This course is under progress. Lessons will be updated as and when they are available.