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  • Basic postures
  • Concentrated rounds of pranayama with a gradual increase in intensity
  • Explanation and practice of Mudras, Bandhas and Mantras
  • Meditation practice
  • Spiritual diary
  • Mouna (at certain times of the day) to conserve the vital energy

Study of yogic works:

  • “Viveka Chudamani” by Sankaracharya: A basic text on Vedanta philosophy which describes the practical methods towards realising the Self and the necessary preparations for it.
  • “Srimad Bhagavatam” by Vyasa Maharishi is one of the most important works on Bhakti Yoga. Listening to these stories fills the mind with universal love and opens the heart, which is the key to experiencing the deepest levels of Hatha Yoga.
  • The “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” by Yogi Swatmarama: This classical text on Hatha Yoga explains in detail asanas, pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas and the process of awakening the Kundalini.

Please bring these books with you to the course, or purchase them in the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda on arrival.