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Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the foremost texts on Hatha Yoga. It is divided into four chapters, covering: Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Samadhi. The author of the text is Svatmarama. This name may be allegorical: Svatmarama basically means "one who delights in his own Self/Atman". Thus the reader may wonder if the writer changed his name to allude to the true benefits of Yoga or if it was a name he was given after realizing the greatest benefit of Yoga. Suffice it to say, the text is a sincere attempt to document the various practices of Hatha Yoga together with the many benefits that may come from the practice.

 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by life? Distraught from all the intensities all around you which are threatening to consume you completely? Paralyzed and unable to think and act clearly due to conflicting thoughts that are bombarding you from all sides? You feel like running away, but there is nowhere to run. The only way out is through the fire of action, but the actions you must take feel futile and meaningless…

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is considered to be the greatest textual authority onYoga. There are certainly many styles of Yoga out there, but whatever does not comply with Patanjali may find some difficulty in claiming weight and authority to their arguments. It is of the common belief that Patanjali was not the originator of the Yoga Sutras, but rather a compiler of an already existent tradition(s).