I have just finished preparing a 25 page workbook as a student study support for the upcoming Module Two Art of Haṭha Energetics Course.
Once again I am filled with appreciation for the Paramparā and my Haṭha Yoga teachers from the many hours study in India from personal lessons in India with TKV Desikachar at his home and small study groups with AG Mohan in the KYM.
The group size for this Module Two weekend is limited to five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student.
It is presented with the aim of reflecting the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the students personal practice and study Sādhana.
The Module Two Course builds on the foundational Art of Haṭha Energetics Module One weekend workshop on the principles underpinning the study and practice of the processes involved in Haṭha Yoga.
This particular textual study weekend Course is focused on an in-depth exploration of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā by Svāmi Svātmārāma. We will be studying each of its four chapters on Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mudrā and Nāda Dhyānam.
Below is a quote from my personal studies with Desikachar which I feel encapsulates the process known as Haṭha.
“There are two different energies which are in conflict – Ha and Ṭha.
Because of these two energies we are not in our natural state.
Why do they never meet?
Because there is a big obstacle in the form of a coiled serpent.
Further we add to the obstacle rather than reduce it.
Through practices we can use the fire that is in our system to slowly reduce the obstacle.
When this happens the two have the possibility of entering Suṣumnā and become one.
When this happens there is the union of Ha and Ṭha.”