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June 23, 2021 42 min

Exploring the Hathapradipika
Dr. Jim Mallinson

Most yoga teachers cite the Yoga Sutras as the original source of modern practices, but the Hathapradipika is a much more relevant text that is rarely read or referenced. Written by Svatmarama in the 1400s, this is one of the first writings that codified the practices of Hatha Yoga: yoga poses, breathing exercises, kriyas, and mudras. For anyone interested in the roots of modern practice, this is a fascinating historical exploration. Dr. James Mallinson leads the discussion. 

Listen and learn: 

  • How the practices of hatha yoga differ from the philosophical tradition of yoga that predates it
  • How yogis used poses, breath, cleansing exercises, and mudra
  • Yoga then vs. now
  • Nonsectarian practices used in sectarian context
  • Links & Resources:

    Jim’s Online Course
    Roots of Yoga Book


    James Mallinson is a Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His recent work has used philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis. He also wrote a book in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton called, Roots of Yoga.

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