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The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice

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Feuerstein is a renowned yoga scholar and a tireless communicator, sharing his knowledge in more than two dozen books on the subject as well as translations of key yoga scriptures. Most Westerners have a limited understanding of what the term yoga, which means "union," implies. Feuerstein describes yoga as a "spectacularly multifaceted phenomena," and performs a truly yogic feat by combining commentary with translated Sanskrit teachings, history with theory, the spiritual with the practical, and the classical ...
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The Yoga Tradition: It's History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice

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Overview

Feuerstein is a renowned yoga scholar and a tireless communicator, sharing his knowledge in more than two dozen books on the subject as well as translations of key yoga scriptures. Most Westerners have a limited understanding of what the term yoga, which means "union," implies. Feuerstein describes yoga as a "spectacularly multifaceted phenomena," and performs a truly yogic feat by combining commentary with translated Sanskrit teachings, history with theory, the spiritual with the practical, and the classical with the contemporary. He illuminates every facet and phase of yoga from its roots in shamanism to its connections to the complex and dynamic spirituality of India, especially yoga's relationship with Hinduism and Buddhism. Feuerstein explicates the different yogic schools and profiles key yoga teachers. Yoga is a vast and vital universe maintained over the centuries by the discipline and persistence of its practitioners, who strive to join the physical with the spiritual, the "individual self with the supreme Self." No more adept or comprehensive study of yoga aimed at a Western audience is to be found.
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The author is founder-director of the Yoga Research Center in Northern California and the author of 30 books on yoga. The present volume is a revised and greatly enlarged edition of the author's 1989 work, . Its objective is to give the lay reader a comprehensive introduction to Indian spirituality, to the evolution and complexity of yoga, and to the relationship of yoga to other aspects of India's culture. Chapters are arranged in sections on yoga foundations, pre-classical yoga, classical yoga, post- classical yoga, and power and transcendence in tantrism. This is a detailed historical and philosophical treatise for the serious student; don't look here for simple treatment of complex ideas, discussion of yoga postures, or a brief guide to spiritual growth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Edward Brennan
...[A] volume to which every serious student of Yoga -- indeed, everyone personally interested in this topic -- might seek access....Feuerstein's book can be recommended to just about every person who has embarked upon, or is seriously interested in, authentic spiritual practice.
Parabola
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935387589
  • Publisher: Hohm Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 514
  • Sales rank: 393,053
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Georg Feuerstein (born 1947) is a German-Canadian Indologist. Feuerstein has authored over 45 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism and Buddhism. Feuerstein is a renowned yoga scholar and a tireless communicator, sharing his knowledge in more than two dozen books on the subject as well as translations of key yoga scriptures.
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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    Encyclopedic Survey of Yoga

    I couldn't disagree with the previous reviewer more. This book is a treasure of knowledge. It is only "hard to understand" if you don't dedicate time and patience to it. The same time and patience that yoga practice demands.

    That said, this isn't a general introductory book to Yoga philosophy, history and practice (could there be such a thing?). There is a lot of information within this tome and is a reference book that a person will return to again and again over the span of years rather than devour over a weekend.

    I couldn't recommend it more to the serious yogi or yogini.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

    Hard to read

    The author is very smart and knows what he's talking about when it comes to yoga, but this book is very hard to read! Nothing is put in laymans terms so it may be hard to follow for some people. Myself being one of them! I couldn't get through the introduction let alone an entire chapter of this book. I would suggest reading a couple pages before buying this book to see if you can understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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