Hatha Yoga - Texts and Practices

A workshop covering the theoretical and practical aspects from traditional Hatha Yoga texts.
Taught by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

December 23 – 28, 2019

At Kaivalyadhama, we organise workshops on different topics and practices of yoga from the traditional tests. This Hatha yoga workshop on is being conducted by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao, one of the prolific masters in the discipline of Yoga.

The workshop, as the name suggests, is about Hatha Yoga theory and practices, spanning over intensive sessions in a week. It aims at establishing and consolidating the foundation of all Yoga enthusiasts (practitioners, students, teachers and therapists) as regards their Yoga practices.

Date: December 23 – 28, 2019

What will you learn from this Hatha yoga workshop?

How does learning from traditional texts of Hatha Yoga benefit you? This workshop will teach you four major aspects of hatha yoga from the texts, that are lesser known.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras vs Hatha Yoga

The basic text of Yoga Philosophy (Darsana) is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras but interestingly, this text does not mention any name of any of the practices of Yoga like shuddhi kriyas or asanas or pranayama or mudras or bandhas. These practices of Yoga, which are popular in the world today, and with which Yoga is identified, are all originating from Hatha Yoga. The practices of almost all contemporary schools of Yoga are rooted in Hatha Yoga. Hence, it becomes incumbent for a Yoga practitioner and Yoga teacher to become familiar with Hatha Yoga Texts.

The Therapeutic effects yoga of practices as mentioned in traditional texts

Though Yoga is essentially a preventive discipline and a lifestyle prescription, people today take to Yoga mostly because of the therapeutic efficacy of its practices. These therapeutic effects of the practices find mention in Hatha Yoga texts. Hence, it is essential to understand these Texts.

Healing effects of yoga from the texts

The popularity of Yoga is evidently soaring today in geometric progression. But, whenever any phenomenon becomes popular, it naturally tends to get diluted. And Yoga is no exception either. The meaning and purpose, the original intent and content, and the very essence of Yoga may get disfigured and distorted. In a way, this leads to Yoga being exaggeratedly being prescribed as a panacea for ‘all’ the ills of human life – personal and social, physical and mental – for all age groups, all genders, all callings and professions. Hence, it is necessary to set right our perspective about Yoga. The authenticity of the practices of Yoga can be verified and attested only by falling back upon traditional textual reference. Hence, the urgent need to know the texts thoroughly.

Familiarisation with various traditional texts of Hatha yoga

Unlike Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras being the only text for Ashtanga Yoga, there are many texts for Hatha Yoga. Out of these texts, Svatmarama’s Hatha Pradipika and Sage Gheranda’s Gheranda Samhita are the two texts with which most practitioners of yoga are familiar in varying degrees. But there are several other Hatha Yoga texts which contain immeasurable richness and fine nuances as regards to yoga practices. The depth of our knowledge and foundation of our practices of Yoga are strengthened when we become familiar with the contents of these texts. The workshop intends to familiarize the participants with a few of these texts like Shiv Samhita, Yoga Yajnavalkya and Hatharatnavali in addition to Hatha Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita.    

Taught by
Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 18000 sessions in Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical. He has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy and is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. There may not be a better example of philosophy serving practice in day to day life. His other qualifications include Master of Commerce, Master of Arts, Diploma in Management Studies, Diploma in Naturopathy, Diploma in Yoga Education, Madhyama Yoga Siksha Certificate and Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing.

Dr. Rao has been associated with multiple Universities and Institutions including being an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bubhaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in Bharatiya Samskriti Peetham and Centre for Buddhist Studies, K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and Lonavla), Art of Living, Yoga alliance (USA) and ITM (for Western Philosophy). He has served as Secretary of Certification Committee and Technical Expert (Yoga) with QCI, a Member of Selection Panel with ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations).

Dr. Rao has authored and co-edited several books besides publishing a number of Articles in Newspapers and has recorded CDs for Yoga Nidra and Panchakosha Dharana, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Samkhya Karika.

Dr. Rao has carved a niche for himself in the field of Sports as well which includes a 17-year career as a Professional Football Player and subsequently as Coach at National Level winning many awards and recognition. He has coached more than 5000 youngsters in football.

Dr. Rao has been a regular trekker for the past 25 years in the Himalayas and Sahyadri mountains.

For further details please visit his website www.ganeshraoyoga.com 

Daily Schedule

7 am – 8:30 am: Practices
9 am – 10 am: Breakfast
10 am – 11:30 am: Lecture
12 noon – 1 pm: Lunch
2 pm – 2:30 pm: Yoga nidra/Relaxation
3 pm – 4:30 pm: Lecture
6 pm – 7:30 pm: Practices, Open session – Question and Answer/discussion
7:30 pm – Dinner


Workshop teaching – Rs. 12,000

Accommodation (Single rooms with meals)

  • Single Standard room with common bath – Rs. 8000/-
  • Single Standard room with attached bath – Rs. 11,600/-
  • Single Executive Room (Non-AC)- Rs. 12,800/-
  • Single Executive Room (AC)- Rs. 15,000 + tax
  • Single Deluxe Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 19,400 + tax
  • Single Deluxe Room (AC) – Rs. 21,600 + tax

Accommodation (Double rooms with meals)

  • Double Standard room with common bath – Rs. 13,200/-
  • Double Standard room with attached bath – Rs. 17,000/-
  • Double Executive Room (Non-AC)- Rs. 18,200/-
  • Double Executive Room (AC)- Rs. 20,400 + tax
  • Double Deluxe Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 25,400 + tax
  • Double Deluxe Room (AC) – Rs. 27,600 + tax

Check-in: Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 between 1 to 4 pm (IST)
Check-out: Sunday, December 29th, 2019 10 am onwards (IST)

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop teaching fees – Rs. 12,000 per person is payable on registration. Form submissions without payment of this fees will not be accepted. Accommodation and meals are payable on arrival. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellation application before 7 days  – refund after deducting 15% administrative charges of registration fees and 12.5% of room tariff. 
  • Cancellation application less than 7 days – refund after deducting 15% administrative charges of registration fees and 25% of room tariff. 
  • No Verbal cancellation to be entertained