The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is an important text in which the essentials of yoga is explained. It explains in clear terms the asanas, pranayama, mudras, and the samadhi which are essential in the practice of yoga. It describes the stages and the correct methods for practising yoga. Hatha Yoga Pradipika attempts to reconcile the raja-yoga of Patanjali with hatha-yoga. Hatha is considered to be made up of syllables ha, meaning the moon and tha meaning the sun. It corresponds to the breath which flows through the left and the right nostrils. Hatha-yoga is the preliminary step and ends of raja-yoga consciously or unconsciously. The Shaivagama urges not to give up the practice of asana and pranayama in order to keep the body beautiful and healthy. It also discusses deep philosophy underlying the yoga. It is also a manual of instructions for the students of yoga.
The importance of this text for teacher and student of yoga alike cannot be overestimated as this treatise is of immense practical value. The present work contains the original Sanskrit text and its translation into English along with an Introduction.