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How Yoga Works

How Yoga Works

by Geshe Michael Roach, Christie McNally


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The Yoga Sutra is the great motherbook of all the yoga works ever written; it was composed by the Indian master Patanjali some 2,000 years ago.

The Sanskrit text is written in 210 brief, cryptic verses whose meaning has long ago sunk into darkness; the many, confusing modern attempts to explain them bear little resemblance to each other, which is just a sign of how difficult this priceless little book can be.

Geshe Michael Roach is an honors graduate of Princeton University and the first westerner in the 600-year history of Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery to be awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism. He is known for his business bestseller, The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business & Your Life.

Using a database of almost half a million pages of ancient Asian literature, Geshe Michael has produced a fresh, clear, and immediately usable translation of the Yoga Sutra in the form of a wonderful novel about a young Tibetan woman who uses the wisdom to transform the corrupt world around her into a paradise on earth.

How Yoga Works has been acclaimed as a must-read for anyone who does yoga and who wants to know what the Yoga Sutra really says. It is an especially popular reading for yoga teacher training courses throughout the world, and as a personal daily guide for spiritual inspiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976546900
Publisher: Diamond Cutter
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 146,896
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.11(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Geshe Michael Roach is an honors graduate of Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar Medallion from the President of the United States at the White House.  He is also a recipient of the McConnell Scholarship Prize of Princeton’s renowned Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs. 
Michael is the first westerner in the 600-year history of Sera Mey Tibetan Monastic University to be awarded the degree of Geshe, or “Master of Philosophy.”  He has also received an honorary doctorate for lifetime achievement in the Congress of Mexico, in 2015.
Michael is the founder of the Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP), which has digitally preserved thousands of ancient Asian books by training and equipping poor people in many countries to do input work during the pas 33 years.  More than 10,000 searchable manuscripts representing 25 centuries of ancient Asian philosophy are now available free, online, at ACIP's website.  ACIP was founded during Michael's time at Princeton, with the help of Hewlett Packard  Foundation.
To contribute towards the expense of this work, Michael helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation of New York, which reached US$250 million in sales and was sold to super-investor Warren Buffett in 2009.
In 2000, Michael wrote The Diamond Cutter, The Buddha on Managing Your Business & Your Life, which has become an international business bestseller, and tells the story of how he used ancient Asian principles for success.  His is the author of over 30 volumes, including the best-selling How Yoga Works.

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