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The deeper dimension of Yoga : theory and practice
Feuerstein, Georg.
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Boston : Shambhala, [2003]

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xv, 415 pages ; 23 cm
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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:

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; The different branches and styles of Yoga
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; The ethical teachings of Yoga
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Yoga and vegetarianism
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Meditation and mantras
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Choosing a teacher
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Tantric Yoga
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; The experience of ecstasy

Author Notes

Georg Feuerstein, PhD, (1947-2012) is internationally respected for his work on Yoga and is the author of over fifty books. He designed and taught several distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy for Traditional Yoga Studies. For more information, go to

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Feuerstein is a respected scholar as well as a longtime yoga practioner and author of numerous books on the topic. His latest is a comprehensive guide to the history and current practices of yoga. Feuerstein has an incredible breadth of knowledge on the subject of yoga, and he masterfully synthesizes material from both well-known and esoteric yogic texts in explaining numerous paths of yoga. Ultimately, his thoughtful reflections on various yogic and Buddhist practices help the reader understand the spiritual context of yoga practice and its relevance to twenty-first-century life. --Jane Tuma Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

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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