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A woman acrobat with her belongings.
Watercolour by unknown Indian artist (19th c). 10-7x12-3cm.
Wellcome Library no. 576528i


Haṭhābhyāsapaddhatī: A Precursor of Modern Yoga


Hosted by:

Yoga Junction (London) - Two spots left!
Sunday, 7th October 2018
1pm - 5pm, £45

London Yoga Festival
Saturday, 13th October 2018

This workshop will present the history and practice of the only sequential āsana routine that has been preserved in a premodern manuscript. One hundred and twelve āsanas, many of which are based on the movements of animals, are described in an eighteenth-century yoga text called the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati, 'a manual on the practice of Haṭhayoga'. 

The āsanas are divided into six sequences and some of them involve repetitive movement and require extraordinary strength and flexibility, as well as the use of rope. Many of these āsanas remain unknown to modern yoga practitioners.

The first session will introduce the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati with a general lecture on the practice it teaches and its place within the broader history of yoga. Obvious questions will be addressed, such as the text's date and authorship, unique features of its content and the role of its āsanas within the system of yoga it teaches. The text's contribution to the traditions of yoga at the Mysore Palace and its possible influence on Kṛṣṇamācārya will be discussed.

The second session will guide participants through a practice based on a truncated sequence using some of the more accessible āsanas in the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati. The Sanskrit descriptions and some nineteenth-century illustrations will be presented so that various possibilities and ambiguities for each āsana can be explored. The earliest known dog and cat poses, which are very different to those in modern yoga, will be included, as well as various birds and reptiles. The poses will be taught in a safe way with options to make it accessible for most body types.



Past Events



Kamakura, Japan
8th - 9th September 2018

Haṭhābhyāsapaddhatī:

A Precursor of Modern Yoga








Hosted by:

YogaJaya (Tokyo)
25th - 26th April 2018
Yoga Campus (Finsbury Park, London)
3rd June 2018
Yogame Studio (Prague, Czech Republic)
24th June 2018
Triyoga (Camden, London)
11th August 2018


Seminar for the Masters of Yoga Studies

The New Story of Haṭha Yoga (Haṭha Yoga Project Team)
University Ca' Foscari
7th - 9th September 2018










Yoga Studies Summer School

The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions
21st July - 5th August 2017


Yoga for Alzheimer's - Oxford Charity Event

Museum of Oxford
21st June 2016

Yoga in Wales: The Hidden History of Yoga

British Wheel of Yoga, Wales
5th and 6th March 2016





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