The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman's Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

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Yoga is well known for its power to create a healthy body, but few realize the emotional and spiritual benefits. In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.

Devi’s simple, elegant, and deeply personal interpretations capture the spirit of each sutra, and her ...

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Overview

Yoga is well known for its power to create a healthy body, but few realize the emotional and spiritual benefits. In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.

Devi’s simple, elegant, and deeply personal interpretations capture the spirit of each sutra, and her suggested practices offer numerous ways to embrace the spirituality of Yoga throughout your day

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Editorial Reviews

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“This sweetly voiced explication of the Yoga Sutras is disarming in its simplicity . . . I read it smiling.” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness

“A dynamic new interpretation . . . that will make this wonderful ancient teaching accessible to modern readers and useful in their daily life.”
—David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri), author of Yoga and Ayurveda

“Truly life changing. A book to be read again and again.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., author of A Year of Living Your Yoga

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Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, estimated by yoga teacher Devi (The Healing Path of Yoga), an innovator in the field of alternative healing, to be at least 2500 years old (the general opinion is 1700–2200), is the first known book of yoga teachings. It has inspired hundreds of commentaries and translations, but this interpretation, for which Devi "reforms a variety of previous translations," is different. Its approach is from the heart, feminine, and intuitive, with a heartfelt consciousness. In its traditional format, Yoga Sutrasis divided into four books. Devi concentrates on Books 1 ("Union with Divine Self") and 2 ("Cultivation of a Spiritual Practice") before embarking on the more esoteric Books 3 ("The Divine Manifestation of Power") and 4 ("Supreme Liberation"). She accompanies each sutra first with commentary, then with a meditation, or what she calls an "experience." Devi embraces the spirit of the sutras, or aphorisms, not their literal meaning, allowing the sacred teachings to "vibrate" in the heart and soul. Why study the sutras? They remind us of how divine we are. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Dede Archer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307339690
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 166,479
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Nischala Joy Dev is a renowned Yoga expert who has been teaching internationally for more than thirty years. She is the author of The Healing Path of Yoga, which is regarded as the definitive guide to the subtle use of body and mind in healing and stress management. Visit her website at www.abundantwellbeing.com.

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Table of Contents


The Wise Woman's Stone     xi
A Foundation for Transformation     xiii
A Journey Through the Sutras     1
Samadhi Pada: Union with the Divine Self     3
Humble Beginnings: Sutra I. 1     5
We Are All Divine: Sutras I. 2-4     11
Rays of Consciousness: Sutras I. 5-11     24
Practice and Remember: Sutras I. 12-22     38
Bhakti Yoga: Cultivating the Yoga of Devotion: Sutras I. 23-29     56
The Four Locks and Four Keys: Sustaining Equanimity: Sutras I. 30-39     75
Samadhi: Merging with the Divine Consciousness: Sutras I. 40-51     88
Sadhana Pada: Cultivation of Spiritual Practice     103
Kriya Yoga: The Venerable Threefold Path: Sutras II. 1-2     105
The Kleshas: Dissolving the Veils: Sutras II. 3-11     117
Karma and Karma Yoga: As You Sow, So You Shall Reap: Sutras II. 12-14     131
Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Intuitive Wisdom: Sutras II. 15-27     146
Asthaanga Yoga: The Eight-Faceted Path: Sutras II. 28-34     163
Yama: Reflection of Our True Nature: Sutras II. 35-39     177
Niyama: Evolution Toward Harmony: Sutras II. 40-45     205
Hatha Yoga: Harmonizing Body, Breath, and Senses: Sutras II. 46-55     224
Vibhuti Pada: The DivineManifestation of Power     249
Antara Yoga: The Inner Quest: Sutras III. 1-5     251
Summary of the Remaining Sutras in Book III     269
Kaivalya Pada: Supreme Liberation, A Summary     273
Continuing our Lifelong Study of the Yoga Sutras     277
For Further Reflection: The Yoga Sutras Heartfully Expressed     279
Acknowledgments: With Gratitude     297
Index     293
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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Amazing

    I have been reading the sutras for almost 20 years and this endering is quite special. A must read for any woman interested in the essence of yoga

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    A fun, female-oriented take on a traditional translation.

    I had never read a translation of this text before and thought this would be more fun a a little easier to understand for my first try. I was right! Having a woman's point of view really made a difference in helping me understand the concepts and I loved the organization of the chapters. Great for beginners!

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