The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the most comprehensive Sanskrit text for yoga technique. Traditionally, hatha yoga works with prana, the life force. Mastering prana as a means for purifying and developing the mind is the subject of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this series of short articles on selected verses, Sandra Anderson deftly interprets references to mad elephants, thousand-headed serpents, ancient mythology, tantra, and alchemy to help modern practitioners understand how and why hatha yoga is the essential foundation of spiritual practice.

Salutations to Shri Adinatha, who taught the knowledge of Hatha Yoga, which is a shining stairway for those who wish to reach the lofty Raja Yoga.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika 1:1