Release on 2017-01-26 | by James Mallinson,Mark Singleton
Author: James Mallinson,Mark Singleton
Pubpsher: Penguin UK
Category: Health & Fitness
'Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga. One who is vigilant by means of yoga delights in yoga for a long time' Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its roots. This book collects, for the first time, core teachings of yoga in their original form, translated and edited by two of the world's foremost scholars of the subject. It includes a wide range of texts from different schools of yoga, languages and eras: among others, key passages from the early Upanisads and the Mahabharata, and from the Tantric, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, with many pieces in scholarly translation for the first time. Covering yoga's varying definitions across systems, models of the esoteric and physical bodies, and its most important practices, such as posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, Roots of Yoga is a unique and essential source of knowledge. Translated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
An introduction to the origins and underlying philosophy of yoga offers insight into the yogic tradition embodied in the figure of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, in a primer that also provides an accessible comparison between yoga philosophies and other spiritual systems of thought. Original.
Whether the meditator's needs are worldly or spiritual, this book on Yoga meditation supports both the beginner and those practicing at higher levels. In aiming to help people truly understand meditation, it begins with establishing universal basics. First, the ability to meditate is a natural trait of our species. Second, all meditation is about stilling mind activity. Third, a stilled mind brings the meditator to experience consciousness beyond everyday experience. The author reassures the meditator that there is no "right way." It is important to match chosen practices to the personal life experience. The book's discussion of the historical roots focuses on the ancient Samkhya philosophy, first composed more than 4000 years ago, which is the source of the meditation in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras from 2000 years ago. Since the highest three of the Yoga Sutras eight limbs are at the heart of practices described here, their discussion leads to important understanding leading to good practice.In preparation for presenting meditative practices, the book introduces the nature of alternate consciousness experiences. It discusses the relationships to prayer, mantras, chants, and other religious or quasi-religious practices. It follows that with the needed guidance for meditative sessions, discussing issues of attitude, time, place, props, and body. The chapter presenting methods of practice assigns each practice to one of the three meditative Yoga Sutras limbs. 'Concentration' (Limb 6) practices are perfect for the beginner and developing meditators. 'Meditation' (Limb 7) practices bring the experienced meditator to new levels of consciousness experience. 'Absorption' (Limb 8) practices yield increasingly strong spiritual experiences.
Release on 2020-05-07 | by Marlysa B. Sullivan,Laurie C. Hyland Robertson
Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being
Author: Marlysa B. Sullivan,Laurie C. Hyland Robertson
Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a comprehensive and accessible perspective on yoga therapy as a complementary, integrative route to promoting whole-person well-being. Readers will come away from the book understanding how the philosophy, texts, and teachings of yoga benefit a wide range of health conditions. The book is split into three helpful sections: Part I discusses foundational texts and their interpretations; Part II outlines the biopsychosocial-spiritual and neurophysiological model of integrative health pertinent to yoga therapy; and Part III focuses on practical applications separate from the more familiar diagnosis-driven models. Experiential activities and case studies throughout the text illuminate how yogic practices can be incorporated for optimal health. Bridging the ancient and modern, philosophical and scientific, Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a clear explanatory framework for yoga therapists, physicians, allied and complementary healthcare providers, and their patients and students.
Pop Culture Yoga: A Communication Remix was born out of a series of questions about the paradoxical nature of yoga: How do individuals and groups define yoga? What does it mean to "practice yoga", and what does this practice involve? What are some of the most important principles, guidelines, or philosophical tenets of yoga that shape people's definitions and practices? Who has the power and authority to define yoga? What are the limits, if any, of shared definitions of yoga? Kristen C. Blinne explores the myriad ways "yoga" is communicatively constructed and defined in and through popular culture in the United States. In doing so, Blinne offers insight into the many identity work processes in play in the construction of yoga categories, illuminating how individuals' and groups' words and actions represent practices of claiming--part of a complex communicative process centered around membership categorization--based on a range of authenticity discourses. Employing popular culture writing styles, Blinne ultimately contends that the majority of yoga styles practiced in the United States are remixes that can be classified as pop culture yoga, a distinct way of understanding this complex phenomenon.
In this much-anticipated follow-up to his first book, Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle offers a detailed and multifaceted guide to Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series. An expert yogi and teacher, Maehle will guide you to your next level with an unprecedented depth of anatomical explanation and unparalleled attention to the practice’s philosophical and mythological heritage. You will learn: • The background and applications of each of the three forms of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana • How to use Indian myth and cosmology to deepen your practice • The importance of the Sanskrit language to the yogic tradition • The mythology behind the names of the Intermediate Series postures • The functions and limitations of body parts integral to the Intermediate Series, including the spine, the sacroiliac joint, the shoulder joint, and the hip joint • How to reap the full benefits of practicing the Intermediate Series Maehle meticulously explores all twenty-seven postures of the Intermediate Series through photos, anatomical line drawings, and practical, informative sidebars. He also discusses the philosophical and spiritual background of Ashtanga Yoga and places the practice within the context of Indian cultural history. With passionate erudition, Maehle will prepare you to reap physical, spiritual, and mental fulfillment from your evolving practice.
An easy-to-absorb, practical guide to getting started, and finding the style of yoga that’s right for you. From co-director of the Berkeley Yoga Center and Yoga Journal contributor Cybele Tomlinson, Simple Yoga explains what yoga is, how it evolved in ancient India, and how it can benefit the typically harried Western lifestyle. It gives practical information on: the various yoga styles available in the West, with suggestions on choosing a style and finding an appropriate teacher a basic routine to try on your own a modified routine for the office Also featuring a special chapter on women and yoga, Simple Yoga is designed for those who want to give yoga a try—and want a clear, concise guide that can help them begin practicing today.