Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga

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The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value ...

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Overview

The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.

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One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

‘The Michelangelo of yoga’ – BBC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007921263
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 203,357
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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B.K.S. Iyengar is the world’s most respected yoga teacher. Widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West, his teaching practice has been hugely influential over decades. He lives and teaches in Pune, India.

www.bksiyengar.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword by the Dalai Lama xix

Preface Honourable Shri Murli Manohar Joshi (MP) xxi

Acknowledgements xxxi

Prologue xxxiii

Yoga Pithika - Introduction 1

I Yoga Parampara - Yaugika Lineage 11

II Yoga Dharma - The Concept of Yoga 13

III Janma Mrtyu Cakra - The Wheel of Birth and Death 20

IV Srstikarta - Adi Purusa or Isvara 27

V Srstikrama - The Structure of the Universe 32

1 Purusa (Atman) 32

2 Aham-akara 33

3 Visva Caitanya Sakti 33

4 Gunas 34

5 Prakrti 37

6 The Conjunction between Purusa and Prakrti 38

7 Citta (Consciousness) 42

VI Purusa - Seer 44

VII Citta Svabhava - The Natural State of Consciousness 50

1 Ahamkara (l-maker), a Mirror of the Seer and the Seen 51

2 Buddhi (Wisdom, intelligence) 53

3 Manas (Mind) 56

4 Kutastha Citta (Big ?I') 59

5 Parinama Citta (Small ?i') 59

6 Citta Nirupana (Representation or Definition of Citta) 64

VIII Citta Laksana - Characteristics of Consciousness 66

1 Citta Bhumi 68

2 Citta Laksana 69

IX Citta Sreni - Stages of Consciousness 72

1 Vyutthana Citta and Nirodha Citta 73

2 Santa Citta 75

3 Ekagra Citta 75

4 Chidra Citta 75

5 Nirmana Citta 76

6 Divya Citta (Paripakva Citta) 77

X Klesa, Vrtti and Antaraya - Afflictions, Fluctuations and Impediments 78

1 Vrttis 83

2 Samskara Vrtti 86

3 Anukula and Pratikula Vrtti 87

4 Anukula Vrtti 87

5 Pratikula Vrtti 93

6 Nava Antaraya - Nine Types of Impediments 94

XI Citta Parivartana through Yoga - Transformation of Citta through Yoga 98

XII Sadhana Krama - Method of Practice 106

1 Sadhana Krama 109

2 Sadhana Kriya 111

3 Tapas 113

4 Svadhyaya 114

5 Isvara Pranidhana 115

6 Sadhana Stambha (Pillars for Sadhaka and Sadhana) 120

XIII Adhahpatana Rekha in Sadhana - The Razor Edge of Yoga 121

1 The Precipice 126

XIV Astanga Yoga Prayoga, Tatha Parinama - The Application of Astanga Yoga and Its Effects 127

1 Sarira Sarin Bhava 127

2 Kosas of the Body 128

3 Bahiranga and Antaranga Samyama 134

4 Effects of Samyamas 139

5 Application of Yoga 143

6 Yama 144

7 Effects of Yama 145

8 Niyama 146

9 Effects of Niyama 147

10 Asana 147

11 How Should an Asana Be Done? 148

12 Effects of Asanas 153

13 Differences between Asana and Dhyana 155

14 Pranayama 155

15 Effects of Pranayama 157

16 Vayu 160

17 Cakras 162

18 Pratyahara 164

19 Effects of Pratyahara 166

20 Dharana 166

21 Definition of Dharana 167

22 Effects of Dharana 168

23 Dhyana 168

24 Effects of Dhyana 169

25 Antaratman Aspect of Yoga 171

26 Samadhi or Samapatti 171

27 Effects of Samadhi 172

28 Antaranga Samadhi 173

29 Virama Pratyaya 175

30 Effects of Virama Pratyaya 175

31 Cautions to Sadhakas on Samadhi 176

32 Samadhi Phala 177

33 Nirbija Samadhi 177

34 Yogaphala (Effects of Astanga Yoga) 178

35 Prakrti Purusa Jaya 181

a Bhuta jaya - mastery over the elements 181

b Tanmatra jaya - mastery over the infrastructure! qualities of the elements 182

c Sarira jaya - mastery over the body 182

d Indriya jaya - mastery over the organs of action and senses of perception 182

e Manojaya - mastery over the mind and consciousness 182

f Realising the seer 183

g Atmajaya - sight of the seer 183

XV Samadhi-Kaivalya Bheda-The Difference between Samadhi and Kaivalya 185

Glossary of Sanskrta Words 189

Appendix I Patañjali's Yoga Sutras 231

Appendix II Alphabetical Index of the Sutras 259

Index 269

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