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The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika provides an excellent overview of the practice of haṭha yoga. 

This 15th Century Sanskrit text describes many of the principles and techniques that form the foundation of the practice of Yoga in modern times. Divided into four chapters, it suggests that the practice of Yoga start with physical postures (āsana) then move to conscious breathing (prāṇāyāma), physical “seals (mudrā), and finally meditation (samādhi).

Each chapter discusses the what and why of these practices, as well as many important auxiliarily elements like: diet and lifestyle, the proper environment for practice, and the cleansing techniques known as kriyas

Over the course of the text, a nuanced presentation of the practice of Yoga emerges. 

One in which the meditation state of samādhi is attained through the physiological manipulation of body and breath, rather than the directing of the mind. In Patañjali’s Yogasūtra the means to attain a state of Yoga stem from influencing the quality and content of the mind. The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika describes how to attain this state by influencing the flow of prāṇa through prāṇāyāma and mudrā, while simultaneously increasing the body’s agni (‘fire’). 

haṭha yoga is not in opposition to raja yoga.

In fact, the text explicitly describes them as excellent stepping stone preparations for the psychological work of raja yoga (i.e. Patañjali’s Yogasūtras). For anyone who practices regularly, understanding the principles of āsana, prāṇāyāma, mudrā and meditation that are presented in this text will have a huge impact on their practice. 

Study Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika

If you wish to study Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika in depth and experience authentic haṭha yoga, this is for you.

Chase Bossart

Chase Bossart

M.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Executive Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years. He had the opportunity to personally study with Mr. TKV Desikachar and serve as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.

Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika

Context for Haṭha Yoga

Haṭha Yoga classes have been appearing on the schedules of Yoga studios across the West for decades. You may have even taken a couple of them yourself. And while you probably enjoyed the class, it is reasonable to wonder what, if any, connection it has to the ancient Indian practice of Haṭha Yoga.

This class is your opportunity to find out!

 

 

The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika is one of the foundational texts of the Yoga tradition. Composed in the 15th Century CE, Pradīpika means a “light” or “lamp,” and indeed the text is a guide for the practice of Haṭha Yoga.

The text covers the main aspects of Yoga practice from the haṭha point of view, including āsanas (physical postures), prāṇāyāma (conscious breathing exercises), mudrā (energetic locks) and samādhi (meditation).

Studying this text with an expert teacher will give you access to the context of these powerful principles and techniques, why they’re valuable for your practice, and how that translates into a better life.

The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika was the first text Mr. Desikachar studied with his father. And now, it is your chance to study it with Chase!

Class Details

Begins: October 7th, 2021
Date/Time: Thursdays at 5pm PT / 8pm ET
Duration: 60-minute classes for 20 months

Location: Online

Teacher: Chase Bossart, M.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Cost:

Option 1 One-time payment of $2466 

Option 2 20 monthly payments of $137

I highly recommend studying with Chase.

Chase’s warmth, humor, emotional intelligence and ability to create community is invaluable. I highly recommend studying with him. You will come away not only with more understanding of yoga but also more tools and meaning to help you with the challenge of being a human being.

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What You Will Learn

Over 20 months of study, you will explore all 4 chapters and 390 Sanskrit stanzas of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika with the guidance of an experienced teacher.

This exploration of the text will include:

  • An introduction to the practice of Haṭha Yoga and its importance
  • An overview of the content of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika, and how it’s arranged
  • Understanding of the significance of the text in Yoga practice in general
  • Explanation of the relationship between Haṭha Yoga and Patañjali’s Yogasūtra, known as Raja Yoga
  • Deeper examinations of each chapter of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika
  • Specific comments on important Prāṇāyāma techniques and Mudrās
  • Insight into advanced meditative states and their relationship to practice

Through studying the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika, you will have a clearer understanding of the goals and principles underlying your practice. Further, you will have greater insight into how to apply those same goals and principles in your everyday moments to truly experience a more purposeful & satisfying life.

What’s Included

Class Recordings

Printable Handouts

Private Online Community

Who this Course Is For

This class is for you if:

  • You are a Yoga student who has taken Haṭha Yoga classes and wants to learn more about the practice
  • You are a longtime Yoga practitioner who wants to understand the relationship between the different Yoga practices and how they apply to you.
  • You are interested in Krishnamacharya’s teaching and how it was influenced by Haṭha principles
  • You are a Viniyoga practitioner who wants to study Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika with an expert teacher

Your Instructor

Chase Bossart

Executive Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years.

In 1991, as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India, Chase took a semester-long course on Yoga Theory with Mr. TKV Desikachar that essentially set the direction for the rest of his life. He became a private student of Mr. Desikachar, who was his mentor and teacher for 20+ years. During that time, he spent a total of four and a half years in Chennai studying with him, his family and his senior teachers. He also had the opportunity to serve as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. From 2006-2012, he was the Director of Therapy and Education at the non-profit Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco.

His depth of knowledge on yoga and meditation are shared through practical, humorous anecdotes that translate to everyday life.

No need to worry with our 30 day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee.

At the Yoga Well Institute, we are committed to our students and ensuring this life-changing work is available to all. If finances are the only thing preventing you from enrolling, we invite you to complete our scholarship application and we’ll do our best to work with you. We are especially committed to supporting BIPOC, LGBT+, Veterans, First Responders and other under-represented communities.