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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:

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

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

Yoga Studies Summer School

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

The event is intended as a learning platform for university students, scholars, and non-academics who wish to broaden their knowledge of yoga. World class specialists will deliver lectures on a wide range of topics related to the academic study of yoga, and provide insight into cutting-edge research. Some of the courses will include a workshop part, involving Sanskrit recitation and practice of basic modern yoga techniques.

View the programme here.

Yoga for Alzheimer's - Oxford Charity Event

Museum of Oxford
21st June 2016

The Yoga for Alzheimer's Oxford event will be a three hour collaborative class (starting at 11am) taught by three experienced teachers on the International Day of Yoga (21st June 2016). Jacqueline Hargreaves will be offering the final segment focused on quiet meditative techniques and methods to cultivate deep relaxation.

Location: Museum of Oxford, St Aldate's Oxford OX1 1BX

Cost: £15 for the whole morning. 

All proceeds go to Alzheimer's Research UK. 

Registration online: Alzheimer's Research UK

Yoga in Wales: The Hidden History of Yoga

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

Photo Credit: Jacqueline Hargreaves

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