Dimensions of Yoga: Hatha Yoga

Take up the Dimensions of Yoga challenge – deepen your personal practice and understanding of yoga. Transform your life.

Next intake:
22-29 May 2020 – 7 Day residential
14 weeks home prac and study
7-9 Aug – study weekend

On time payment: $1600
$800 deposit secures your place

Fulltime immersion option:
Includes additional 11 weeks living at Rocklyn Ashram $1200

Late entry option: $2000  (Less than 7 days prior to course commencement)

A week long residential intensive is followed by 14 weeks of home practice and study to give a solid foundation and lived experience of the essence of Hatha Yoga and a series of essential yoga tools for living. 

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is often thought of as the asanas (postures) that are commonly known as “yoga” throughout the world. Others know Hatha Yoga as a series of cleansing practices. Both these understandings are part of Hatha Yoga, but there is much more to this branch of yoga.

The Dimensions of Yoga: Hatha Yoga Sadhana module is structured around the seven limbs of Hatha Yoga and the seven associated qualities or attainments, taken from Gheranda Samhita, a traditional text with much poetic insight into the overall goals of Hatha Yoga and how to reach them. These seven limbs are:

Sue describes her impressions of the Dimensions of Yoga Hatha Yoga module.

  • Shatkarma, the cleansing practices for which the attainment is purification, Shodhanam.
  • Asana, for which the attainment is firmness, Dridhata.
  • Mudra and Bandha, for which the attainment is stillness, Sthairyam.
  • Pratyahara, for which the attainment is patience, Dhairyam.
  • Pranayama in which the attainment is lightness, Laghavam.
  • Dhyana in which the attainment is acceptance and inner perception, Pratyaksham.
  • Samadhi in which the attainment is non involvement of the mind, Nirliptam.
Purification, firmness, steadiness, patience, lightness, inner perception and non-involvement are the seven sadhanas… Through shatkarma, purification of the body is achieved; through asanas, firmness, through pratyahara patience is achieved. Through pranayama, agility or lightness is achieved; through meditation, self realisation; and through samadhi, non-involvement, or detachment, and, undoubtedly, liberation are achieved.

verses 9,10,11, Gheranda Samhita,commentary and translation by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust, Munger 2012

A Clear straightforward approach

Although the classic texts such as Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika go very deep into advanced practices, the themes and practices in this course are approached simply, and explained clearly in ways that are accessible for most potential participants.

Essential Hatha Yoga
practices and concepts

Practices are a selection of basic and intermediate practices that are flexibly designed to be undertaken at the level of the practitioner, and support increases in self-understanding and capacity over time. The practices include basic and classic shatkarmas, asanas, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas, based on those documented in Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita, presented in straightforward and accessi-ble ways, interpreted according to the Satyananda tradition particularly as described in the classic text Asana Pranayama Mudra and Bandha by Swami Satyananda. In meditation the practices include Kaya Sthairyam, Ajapajapa, and Chakra Shuddhi.

As well as a close investigation of Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, key concepts related to Hatha Yoga, including nadis, chakras, prana, and koshas, will be investigated in a practical way as tools for experiencing, balancing and enhancing the energetic aspects of living.

  • After completing this course you will have a toolkit to take with you throughout your yogic life.
  • There will be an emphasis on why hatha yoga is an essential set of tools for any serious yoga practitioner.
  • Everything is viewed through the prism of developing and perfecting a regular personal practice (sadhana)
  • Hatha Yoga is presented as a systematic progression, working with body, breath, energy and mind, building an understanding of how this branch of yoga can be used to manage a full range of life situations, and be a foundation for all other branches of yoga.
Perfection results from practical application. Without practicing how can it happen? …

Chap 1 verse 64 Hatha Yoga Pradipika,
commentary  by Swami Muktibodhananda