Preparing the Internal Sacrifice in Hatha Yoga: Measured Diet to Move beyond the Mind

This semester, I am leading a graduate seminar that explores the intricacies of the Haṭha-Pradīpikā (popularly known as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika in modern yoga circles) for Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program. I recently had the opportunity to translate part of this text in Australian National University’s online Sanskrit program. As we are now slowly making our way through the text in my class at LMU with careful attention to the scholarship of James Mallinson and other scholars of haṭha yoga, I have become increasingly fascinated with the etymology of the word mitāhāra, a compound commonly translated into English simply as “moderate (mita) diet (āhāra).” In this article, I will unpack the etym

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