Is modern yoga similar to the yoga practiced by our predecessors? What do traditional yoga texts say about how we should practice? Are those teachings still relevant today?
While many traditional texts describe the spiritual or mental experience of yoga without offering a clear “how to,” the Hatha Yoga Pradipika outlines specific, concrete practices with explanations of both how and why to do them. While the wealth of information it contains is indisputable, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika was written in the fifteenth century C.E. and can be difficult to understand. There are metaphors, descriptions, and asana names that many modern yoga practitioners have never heard of—not to mention mystical, esoteric claims that can sound somewhat far-fetched.
If you’re interested in unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and learning not only what it has to say about yoga, but how these guidelines can be applied to your practice, then this course is for you. Whether you are a teacher or a dedicated student, this text will come to life in an understandable way as you learn how the wisdom of the Pradipika can support your yoga.
Explore this traditional text through a contemporary lens as Nikki guides you through its chapters on yoga postures, breathing practices, mudras (gestures or seals) and samadhi (the state of enlightenment that many yogis strive to reach).
A YogaWorks Certified Teacher, Nikki is the Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks in Northern California. She leads teacher trainings at the 200 and 300 hour levels, as well as classes, immersions and workshops.
As a dedicated practitioner for more than two decades, Nikki's extensive studies include intensive practice with Sri Pattabhi Jois in India, as well as teacher trainings with Erich Schiffmann and Sarah Powers. Her current focus is Tantra, the practice of weaving spiritual experience into everyday life. Her teachers are Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan yoga tradition.
Yoga Alliance requires all registered yoga teachers to accumulate at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. 20 online hours are allowed to count toward this requirement.
Fulfilling 5.8 of these study hours is as easy as logging into the Yoga Alliance website and entering your hours after you’ve completed Demystifying the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Continue your yoga education with this course and more from the Yoga International library!