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Tantric Yoga, drawing from a collection of hundreds of Tantric texts and manuscripts, the vast majority of which remain unpublished.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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“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.