The Hatha Yoga Pradipika – a Medieval Classic on the Practice of Yoga
Pradipika is a Sanskrit word meaning “to light or illuminate”. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the oldest existing texts on Hatha Yoga (a foundational component of all the yoga taught at Flow) and it shines light on this physical mind/body practice so many of us have grown to love. This text provides insight on asanas (postures), shatkarma kriyas (purifying practices), mudras (finger and hand positions), bandhas (internal energetic locks), pranayama (breath exercises) and chakras (the body’s energy centers). It also explains the awakening of kundalini (subtle energy), and the experience of deep meditative absorption known as samadhi (enlightenment). There’s some really wild stuff in there and not only is it fun to explore, but it expands our perspective on the potential a yoga practice holds. So, wear comfortable clothes and come join me for chanting, dharma talk/discussion, meditation, pranayama and a few postures (not a big practice, but just a bit of exploration of the postures as described in the text – mostly sitting).
DATE: March 31, 2018
TOPIC: The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
TIME: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
LOCATION: Flow Yoga Center, 1450 P St NW, Washington, DC
*It’s not posted to Flow’s site yet, but will be soon (as of 1/19/18)
Let me know your top pick(s) for upcoming Yoga Studies Program sessions at Flow!
(1) The 8-limbs of Yoga
(2) Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra: a guidebook to living a liberated life
(3) Karma: cause, effect and the practice of yoga
(4) Asana: importance of foundation, integration and integrity
(5) Kriya Yoga – Discipline/Energy, Study, and Surrender
(6) The 4 Methods of Yoga in The Bhagavad Gita
(7) Practicing on the Road
(8) Buddhism: The 4 Noble Truths
(9) Gods & Sages – The Stories Behind the Asanas
**Cory is Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 200, YACEP® registered. For yoga teachers – 3 CEUs per course may be claimed.
[These will be the first in a series of offerings spread throughout the coming year. You can come to one or all, no prior experience necessary. We’ll work together to pull the curtain beyond the physical practice while at the same time diving into the physical as a means to incorporate the science and philosophy behind it.]
Send me your requests!