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The deeper dimension of Yoga : theory and practice /
Georg Feuerstein.
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Boston : Shambhala, 2003.
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xv, 415 p. ; 23 cm.
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1570629358
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Boston : Shambhala, 2003.
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1570629358
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5165299
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-386) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Yoga is an important part of Hinduism, one of the oldest religions of the world. Practiced at present by about 40 million people, it is becoming a part of the Western world. Though many books have been written on Yoga, Feuerstein (Yoga Research and Education Center, California) has written the most comprehensive account. His book includes 78 essays of varying length. Part 1 provides an orientation to Yoga, including ten fundamental principles. Part 2 has essays on various aspects of the practice of Yoga with chapters entitled "Quest for Happiness," "Understanding the Guru," and the "Practice of Mauna (Silence)." Part 3, which covers moral foundations, includes chapters on such aspects of Yoga as vegetarianism, the power of truth, and compassion. Part 4 deals with the Yoga practice and the various forms of Yoga, such as Buddha Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Jnana Yoga. The last part of the book, entitled "Higher Stages of Practice," includes material on meditation, prayer, the spiritual life, self-realization, and liberation. Feuerstein demonstrates that, rather than simply being physical exercise, Yoga is a path to self-transformation. The book has a special notes section, a glossary of the key Sanskrit terms of Hindu Yoga, and a useful index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. N. Sharma West Virginia State College
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"George Feuerstein ably demonstrates the depth and profundity of Yoga as a spiritual discipline."-Spirituality & Health"His writing is lucid and accessible, without sacrificing any of the scholarly substance earned through three decades of intensive study, practice, research, and writing."-Yoga Journal
"George Feuerstein ably demonstrates the depth and profundity of Yoga as a spiritual discipline."- Spirituality & Health "His writing is lucid and accessible, without sacrificing any of the scholarly substance earned through three decades of intensive study, practice, research, and writing."- Yoga Journal
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The vast and ancient tradition of yoga is a path of self-transformation with goals far beyond physical flexibility. In this title, Georg Feuerstein offers a collection of writings that presents the fully-fledged spiritual tradition of yoga, touching on all facets of the ancient discipline.
Main Description
Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is much more than a system of physical exercises-it is a profound path of self-transformation that encompasses a range of teachings, practices, and sacred texts that can help us cultivate wisdom, balance, and inner freedom, as well as physical health. Feuerstein is one of the few Western scholar-teachers of Yoga whose writing and teaching penetrate the full richness and depth of this ancient tradition. Here he offers a collection of essays touching on all facets of the discipline. Topics include: The different branches and styles of Yoga The ethical teachings of Yoga Yoga and vegetarianism Meditation and mantras Choosing a teacher Tantric Yoga The experience of ecstasy
Main Description
Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is much more than a system of physical exercises-it is a profound path of self-transformation that encompasses a range of teachings, practices, and sacred texts that can help us cultivate wisdom, balance, and inner freedom, as well as physical health. Feuerstein is one of the few Western scholar-teachers of Yoga whose writing and teaching penetrate the full richness and depth of this ancient tradition. Here he offers a collection of essays touching on all facets of the discipline. Topics include: " The different branches and styles of Yoga " The ethical teachings of Yoga " Yoga and vegetarianism " Meditation and mantras " Choosing a teacher " Tantric Yoga " The experience of ecstasy
Main Description
The vast and ancient tradition of Yoga is a profound path of self-transformation with goals far beyond mere flexibility. It offers a range of teachings and practices that can lead us to inner freedom. This work offers a collection of writings that present the spiritual tradition of Yoga.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Preface
What is Yoga?p. 3
Mapping Yogap. 10
Yoga: What For?p. 13
Yoga: For Whom?p. 14
Guidelines for Selecting a Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Or Classp. 16
Ten Fundamental Principles of Yogap. 21
Is Yoga a Religion?p. 25
Yoga as Art and Sciencep. 28
The Yoga of Sciencep. 30
Traditional Definitions of Yogap. 31
Yoga in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainismp. 32
Forty Types of Hindu Yogap. 36
The Tree of Hindu Yogap. 39
Styles of Hatha-Yogap. 53
Crossing the Boundary Between Hinduism and Buddhism Via Tantra-Yogap. 57
Vajrayana Buddhist Yogap. 60
Introducing the Great Literary Heritage of Hindu Yogap. 64
Yoga Symbolismp. 77
Approaching Spiritual Practicep. 85
The Twelve Steps of Spiritual Recoveryp. 89
Happiness, Well-Being, and Realityp. 95
The Quest for Happinessp. 101
Spiritual Disciplinep. 104
Life Is an Earthquakep. 107
Samsara Means Running Around in Circlesp. 110
Spiritual Friendshipp. 113
The Guru: Dispeller of Darknessp. 116
The Guru Function: Broadcasting Realityp. 118
Understanding the Gurup. 127
Holy Madnessp. 132
Grace Has a Place in Yogap. 141
Tapas, Or Voluntary Self-Changep. 143
The Art of Purificationp. 146
Obstacles on the Path According to Patanjalip. 155
In Praise of Studyp. 164
Silence Is Golden: The Practice of Maunap. 166
Die While You Live and Last-Hour Yogap. 170
Living in the Dark Age (Kali-Yuga)p. 177
Yoga and Terrorismp. 185
Yoga Begins and Ends With Virtuous Actionp. 197
Is Nonharming (Ahimsa) an Old-Fashioned Value?p. 200
Nonharming According to Jaina Yogap. 204
Yoga and Vegetarianismp. 207
The Practice of Eco-Yogap. 210
Overcoming Greedp. 215
Authenticity, Integrity, Unityp. 218
The Power of Truthp. 220
Compassionp. 223
Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachersp. 226
Asanas for the Body and the Mindp. 231
Shava-Asana, Or Corpse Posturep. 235
The Breath of Lifep. 238
Cultivating Wisdomp. 240
Buddhi-Yogap. 243
Jnana-Yoga: The Path of Wisdomp. 248
"That Art Thou" - The Essence of Nondualist Yogap. 257
Discernment and Self-Transcendencep. 262
Karma-Yoga: The Way of Self-Transcending Actionp. 265
Bhakti-Yoga: "Worship Me With Love"p. 270
Degrees of Lovep. 276
The Kriya-Yoga of Patanjalip. 279
Faith and Surrender: A New Look at the Eightfold Pathp. 285
Mantra-Yoga: Sounding Out the Depth Withinp. 297
The Gayatri-Mantrap. 300
The Sacred Syllable Omp. 304
Mudras: Gestures of Wholenessp. 315
Taraka-Yoga: Seeing the Lightp. 317
Yantra-Yoga: Divine Geometryp. 323
What Is Tantra?p. 329
Sex, Asceticism, and Mythologyp. 332
Pathways to Relaxation and Meditationp. 341
What Is Meditation?p. 346
Prayer in Yogap. 355
The Ecstatic Statep. 357
The Serpent Power and Spiritual Lifep. 362
Who Or What Is the Self in Self-Realization?p. 365
Emptinessp. 368
Liberationp. 372
Notesp. 377
Glossary: Key Sanskrit Terms of Hindu Yogap. 387
Indexp. 399
About the Authorp. 416
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