The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is among the most influential texts on the practice of hatha yoga. In what context did the text originate, and how can we make the best use of its teachings? In the first talk of this series, Sandra Anderson introduces the historical context of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—the context from which modern yoga practice evolved—and she elaborates on how verses from the first chapter of the text offer us a glimpse into the scope and power of hatha yoga vidya (knowledge).

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