Online 121 Art of Haṭha Energetics eStudy Modules


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– Vitalize your Energy Understanding Nāḍī Prāṇa Agni Cakra Bhūta

When I started my involvement with Yoga practice in 1972 the term Haṭha Yoga was used as a generic catch-all to describe the physical aspect of Yoga, a long cry from the more personality-led or family lineage-based categorisations that are in more general use these days.

Equally, when it came to the theory of Haṭha Yoga this usually meant quoting a verse or so from the few English translations that existed at the time around a couple of the more well-known medieval texts.

So it wasn’t until I started my studies in India with TKV Desikachar in 1979 that I was introduced to the notion that Haṭha Yoga was a subject with a rich and complex history expressed through a number of texts spanning a thousand years.

Not only that, within these texts there was a progressive and subtly developmental practice that formed the core principles in T Krishnamacharya’s teachings on Haṭha Yoga.

This exposure to the potential that Haṭha Yoga included both techniques to be practiced and a complex underpinning theory to be studied coincided with AG Mohan offering a small study group in 1980 at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram focused on a verse-by-verse examination of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.

From here I studied the Yoga Yājñavalkhya with TKV Desikachar within a small study group and then the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā within personal lessons, before moving onto a Śloka by Śloka study of Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Rahasya.

As the Yoga Rahsaya was not yet published and computers not yet portable, this meant writing out every verse by hand in Saṃskṛta in conjunction with my lessons.

The Haṭha Energetics Modular Workshop and Course options reflect my study in India of Haṭha techniques and texts that were integral to the emphasis on Haṭha Yoga in the approach formulated by Krishnamacharya.

Online 121 Art of Haṭha Energetics eStudy Module One

This particular Module One consists of nine 121 live video 50′ meetings to facilitate a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student. It introduces the student, through an online teaching dialogue, to the primary principles and essential teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar within the Haṭha texts.

“Whilst Prāṇa circulates in us, we live, and when it goes, we die.
Prāṇa is responsible for different functions in the body.
Prāṇa expresses itself in everything that concerns life.
there is an important question to be answered.
How does Prāṇa penetrate the different areas of the body?”
– Quote from ‘Concering the Cakra’ by TKV Desikachar

We will explore how they inspire and guide our personal Yoga Sādhana, as well as our Yoga teaching. The module is complete in itself and offers a sound overview of the core principles of Haṭha Yoga as a Sādhana.

“The Cakra are points of concentration for the mind.”
– Quote from ‘Concering the Cakra’ by TKV Desikachar

It offers an in-depth approach to the Haṭha texts, through an experiential appreciation of the core teachings that underpin the Art of Haṭha Energetics, either for personal development or, if relevant, to enhance professional skills.

Although the role of this Module is not to train students as Yoga teachers although the Art of Haṭha Energetics Course will obviously enhance any Yoga teacher’s skills in the area of Yoga Psychology and Yoga Therapeutic Healthcare.

These fundamental aspects can also be further developed through:

– the Online 121 Art of Haṭha Energetics Modules Two to Three

– Or, the Live Small Group Art of Haṭha Energetics Modules Two to Three Courses.

Here the focus will be primarily on two ancient and contemporary texts on Haṭha Yoga. Each module will focus on an in-depth exploration of a single Haṭha Yoga text.

The online Art of Haṭha Energetics Module One reflects the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in integrating the primary Haṭha concepts to support your everyday life.
  • Understanding the principles which inspire and shape Haṭha Yoga as a Sādhana.
  • An overview of important Haṭha teachings around body and mind.
  • Familiarisation with basic Haṭha terms and practice techniques.
  • Appreciating how your body can work more effectively utilizing Haṭha techniques.
  • Deepening our work with and importance of Haṭha concepts such as Prāṇa-Apāna, Mūla-Mala, Candra-Avidyā, Sūrya-Agni and Ṣat Cakra in Yoga practice.

To present a view of the core Haṭha concepts in Yoga through which students can support and develop their own practice and deepen their appreciation of the possibilities for why a view such as Haṭha can support our lives. They are offered with respect for the vital source from which these teachings originated and their place in our age and culture.

Online 121 Art of Haṭha Energetics eStudy Module One topics offer over 7.5 hours through:

  • Why do we need a view such as Haṭha?
  • Exploring some key themes that underpin the major Haṭha Yoga texts.
  • Unpacking Key Haṭha concepts such as:
    • Prāṇa
    • Apāna
    • Amṛtam
    • Candra
    • Sūrya
    • Agni
    • Mūla
    • Mala
    • Tridoṣa
    • Dvadasa Nādī
    • Kuṇḍalinī
    • Avidyā
    • Ṣat Cakra.
  • Which concepts are most important?
  • How the key concepts are linked.
  • Learning to look through Haṭha at our relationship with others.
  • Linking the concepts of Haṭha to the ebb and flow of daily life.
  • Practical learning skills from Haṭha Yoga to refine your personal Yoga Sādhana.
  • Linking to the concepts of Haṭha to help develop and deepen your understanding of Yoga.

These Primary concepts will be drawn from early formative texts such as the:

  • Gorakṣa Śataka composed around the 13/14th Century
  • Yoga Yājñavalkhya composed around the 14th Century
  • Śiva Saṃhitā composed around the 15th Century
  • Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā composed around the 15th Century
  • Yoga Tārāvali composed around the 15/16th Century
  • Yoga Upaniṣat composed around the 16/17th Century
  • Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā composed around the 17/18th Century

Online 121 Art of Haṭha Energetics eStudy Module One Duration, Fees and Commencement

For further information on fees, commencement, and duration, or to arrange a free meeting to chat about your interest please go to the Online eStudy Overview page on:

Online 121 Yoga Techniques & Textual Theory eStudy Modular Overview