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Also translated as “Light on Hatha Yoga”, Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā is a classic Sanskrit fifteenth century manual on Hatha Yoga written by Svāmi Svātmārāma. It is one of the most influential surviving classic texts on Hatha Yoga. In Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā, Svātmārāma introduces his system as the preliminary stage for physical purification that the body practices for higher meditation and/or yoga. The text consists of four main chapters dedicated to asanas (poses, body-work), pranayama (breathing, breath-work), mudras (hand gestures) and samadhi (meditative absorption) and provides practical guidance in comparison to the theoretical yoga text The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.