Book – Kapala Kurantaka Yogaha
Kapala Kurantaka Yogaha
With a foreword by renowned Yogi, Dr. A L V Kumar, in which he gives an account of the recent rediscovery of this important early yoga text which originated Yinyasa Yoga. This publication provides, for the first time, the complete Kapala Kurantaka which dates from the 14th Century. It is Dr. Kumar’s aim to preserve the earliest and rarest examples of traditional yoga teachings, to provide new insight into contemporary practices which have become fragmented, and to ensure their preservation into the future.
Kapala Kurantaka along with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika are the two earliest examples to describe the physical postures of yoga, the ‘asanas.’ New illustrations of the 112 asanas have been created for this book from preserved, but very brittle Sanskrit notes and drawings thought to be by a serious yoga aspirant of the past who probably copied these from the original for their own practice and, in doing so, has unwittingly preserved the complete Kapala Kurantaka, which we present here with English and Hindi translations alongside the original Sanskrit. In addition to the 112 asanas the original text includes the shatkriyas, ashtakumbhakas and dasamudras.
This publication includes a reproduction of that rediscovered original Sanskrit text, and also presents excerpts from the Tibetan Yoga manual ‘The Great Path of Liberation’ whose teachings are based on the Kapala Kurantaka.