Archive for December, 2014

The Unlikely Ideologies of Yoga

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Retention of bindu In its earliest formulations, hatHa was used to raise and conserve the physical essence of life, identified in men as bindu (semen), which is otherwise constantly dripping downward from a store in the head and being expended. (The female equivalent, mentioned only occasionally in our sources, is rajas, ...

The Older Yoga Mudras

Friday, December 19th, 2014

  The mudras (seals) of the Hathayogapradipika compiled by Svatmaraman about 1450 AD, are not original to that work, but are also to be found in the following works which predate the HYP. (A1) Amrtasiddhi – 11th C (D) Dattatreyayogasastra – 13th C (V) Vivekamartanda – 13th C (G) Goraksasataka – 13th C (K) Khecarividya – ...

The Yoga Asanas before the Modern Period

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  The history of the specifically postural yoga that is the root of the yogas that are practiced in the modern West is not well known. We know that most forms of current Western practice can be traced back to the teachers Vivekananda, Yogananda, Sivananda, Kuvalayananda, Hariharananda, Krishnamacharya, and a few ...