Episode: 87

What Actually is Hatha Yoga with Prasad Rangnekar

In the modern and popular world of yoga, there is widespread misinformation about the tradition and the path of Hatha Yoga. Its rich history is often forgotten or laid aside and replaced with various misleading interpretations. As a yoga teacher, do you know what is hatha yoga? Because every modern yoga teacher is borrowing from this tradition in some form. But hardly anyone acknowledges this or knows the rich history of hatha yoga.

I am delighted to have Prasad Rangnekar back as our guest in this episode to talk all about Hatha Yoga. Prasad has been associated with the Natha Lineage, the founding lineage of Hatha Yoga for over 16 years. He has lived & studied with masters from the Natha lineage for many years. Making him a very credible guest for this topic.

Prasad is here to help us demystify some of the common mysticisms associated with Hatha Yoga. If you teach yoga in some capacity, this episode is a must-listen in any yoga teacher’s educational journey.

Hatha Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • What is the context of Hatha Yoga?
  • Characteristics of Margas
  • What the word Hatha means
  • The history and evolution of Hatha Yoga
  • What to practice under Hatha Yoga
  • What is Kriya
  • Misconceptions about Hatha Marga
  • Vinyasa in relation to Hatha Yoga
  • Resources for Hatha Marga

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Prasad Rangnekar

Prasad Rangnekar, E-RYT500, is a Yoga Educator from India who teaches in over 15 countries for the past 26 years. Prasad’s Yoga education started at the age of 9, and over the last 36 years, he has been studying Yoga traditionally, in a lineage, as well as academically, at a university. Prasad regards meditative silence as his greatest teacher and goes into 3 month-long silence retreats every year.

Prasad is associated with the Natha Lineage, the founding lineage of Hatha Yoga, over the last 16 years and has stayed and studied with Natha Yoga Masters in India and Nepal.


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