Yoga's Ancient Roots

Uncovering the original practices of Kuṇḍalinī-based Haṭha Yoga

Welcome to Yogavidhi. My name is Christopher Tompkins and for nearly a decade I have researched the roots and evolution of Tantric Yoga, drawing from a collection of hundreds of Tantric texts and manuscripts, the vast majority of which remain unpublished. This work culminates in an academic dissertation titled ‘Tantric Origins of Kuṇḍalinī and Haṭha Yoga' (Fall 2017).


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November, 24 2018

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continuous support as one disruption after another has impacted daily life for those of us living in California. First, as the deadly blaze took over Malibu, much of attention went towards supporting those in need in my former community. As that fire was slowly contained, the smoke from the Butte County fire made daily life here in Berkeley almost untenable; the University of California closed down last week through the Thanksgiving holiday, while many of us fled the area since the smoke in the air reached toxic conditions.

Today, as the rain falls, I am counting my blessings as things slowly get back to normal. I regret that the fires have impacted the attention I was able to give to Yogavidhi and my webinar schedule. Hence, the next webinar will air a week later than usual, on Sunday, December 2nd. Click here for more information on the webinar. Thank you for your understanding and support as we move through this time.

Yours truly,

Christopher Tompkins



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“Now I will teach you the sequence comprising the ritual of physical Yoga practice…which grants all wishes and destroys all suffering”
— Lord Shiva to his son Skanda, Sarvajñānottara Tantra, ca. 7th century


Christopher P. Tompkins is a scholar of the ancient Sanskrit language. His groundbreaking research and translations illuminate the unknown origins of Hatha Yoga.