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Yogi Swatmarama (Sanskrit: स्वात्माराम; IAST: svātmārāma) was a 15th and 16th century yogic sage in India. He is best known for compiling the yoga manual Hatha Pradipika or Light on Hatha Yoga. This manual describes the use of Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas, and their practice as the means to awaken the Kundalini, leading to deeper and deeper states of Samadhi. Swatmarama maitains throughout the text that Hatha Yoga's true purpose is the arousal of the Kundalini, until perfection in Raja Yoga is achieved, i.e. liberation.[1][2]

Very little is known about the actual Swatmarama, but the fourth line of the text attributes its lineage to the Nath Sampraday:

"Matsyendra, Goraksa, etc., knew Hatha Vidyā, and by their favour Yogī Swātmārāma also learnt it from them."[3]


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  2. ^ Hatha Yoga Pradipika, e-book translated by Pancham Sinh,
  3. ^ Hatha Yoga Pradipika, e-book translated by Pancham Sinh,