Pranayama, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Kundalini in Hatha Yoga

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Workshop Description

In this workshop, designed especially for those who are unfamiliar with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and ideas of the Kundalini — or want to know more — Doug will give you a fascinating journey into the evolution of the idea of the Kundalini in yoga, its relationship to the ideas of the chakras as rooted in the Kulamārga and beyond, and a firm grasp of the threads of thought and practice that go into the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the first seminal text of hatha yoga, including the role of bandha. Without this background, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika can be a strange and sometimes confusing work!

What will be covered in this workshop?

This journey will be interspersed with practical dharanas and pranayamas from the tantric work, the Vijnanabhairava, opening a doorway into the experience that has been at the heart of hatha yoga since its inception.

This will not be just an intellectual survey of a history of ideas; Doug speaks from his own experience, and is offering some tools and a context of understanding that opens you to your own experience and inward journey!

What format will the workshop take?

This workshop is structured to include both lecture and practice.


This workshop will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for 21 days after the event. If you cannot make the time but would like to attend, please register to receive the video link.


You will receive a Yogacampus e-certificate of attendance which details 5.5 CPD hours. The workshop hours are eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.

Meet the Teacher

Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on Yoga As Therapy. He is also, in addition to his travelling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree programme in Yoga Therapy. This programme is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Doug has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and taught philosophy at college level for several years. He also spent a total of 14 years in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide. He has produced three highly-respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. Doug’s teaching is focused on the yoga of ‘Swatantrya,’ the yoga of one’s own inner expansion and awakening, and is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honours the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.

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