This affordable, definitive edition of the Gheranda Samhita contains a new introduction, the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, and thirty-nine full-page photographs. The first edition of this classic Yoga text to meet high academic, literary, and production standards, it's for people who practice Yoga or have an interest in health and fitness, philosophy, religion, spirituality, mysticism, or meditation.
The “Gheranda Samhita” is a Hindu Yoga text written in Sanskrit and one of the three classic texts of hatha yoga. It is considered to be amongst the most encyclopaedic treatises in yoga, containing information that represents the very roots of this particular style. This vintage volume contains a complete side-by-side English translation of the texts, presented here for the enjoyment and edification of modern Yoga enthusiasts. Contents include: “Introduction”, “Purification”, “Asanas”, “Mudras”, “Pratyahara”, “Pranayama”, “Dhyana”, “Samadhi”, and “Contributors”. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new introduction on yoga.
'An often surprising and always sure-footed survey of the magic of yoga and Calcutta's role in bringing it to the world' JOHN ZUBRZYCKI 'Interweaving historical facts with Armstrong's own experiences ... the result is a book which is neither an autobiography nor a purely scientific work - quite a unique mixture ... it moves me' CLAUDIA GUGGENBÜHL 'I wish I was doing what he is doing [in Calcutta Yoga]' BISHWANATH GHOSH The epic story of how Buddha Bose, Bishnu Ghosh and Yogananda took yoga from Calcutta to the rest of the world. In Calcutta Yoga, Jerome Armstrong deftly weaves the multi-generational story of the first family of yoga and how they modernized the ancient practice. The saga covers four generations, the making of a city, personal friendships, and shines light on the remarkable people who transformed yoga and made it a truly global phenomenon. Along the way, we also meet the people who founded the schools of yoga that are so well known today. Enriching the cast of characters are the internationally renowned B. K. S. Iyengar, Mr Universe Monotosh Roy, even as the book uncovers the truth about Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga. We follow them and others from the streets of Calcutta to the United States, London, Tokyo and beyond, where they perform astounding feats and help revise Western perceptions of yoga. Cleverly researched and enjoyably anecdotal, Calcutta Yoga gives a holistic picture of the evolution of yoga, and pays homage to yogic heroes previously lost from history, while highlighting the pivotal early role the city of Calcutta played in redefining the practice. A culmination of rigorous fieldwork and numerous interviews, this book is as much about yoga as it is about history, relationships and human nature.
Release on 2003-08-30 | by Kriyananda Swami,Stephen Sturgess
A Practical Guide to Self -realization
Author: Kriyananda Swami,Stephen Sturgess
Pubpsher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
The Yoga Book is a core text - it explains the true meaning of Yoga, and demonstrates the practices and postures of Ashtanga Yoga that will enable the reader to achieve mastery over the mind and body and can eventually lead to Self-Realization. Through the practice of Yoga we can directly bring stillness to the restless mind and body, giving a true, lasting happiness, from inner peace and contentment. Stephen Sturgess has based his comprehensive book on the classical teachings of Patanjali, who over 1500 years ago distilled elements of earlier forms of yoga into a system of study and practice. It is an authoritative, inspirational and practical guide to the benefits and fulfilment that can be attained by the dedicated practice of Yoga. Contents Acknowledgements, Dedication, Preface, What is Yoga? Foreword by Sri Kriyananda, 1. The Subtle Bodies and the Chakras, The Physical Body, The Astral Body, The Causal Body, The Soul, The Chakras: Your Inner Universe, Locating the Chakras, 2. Yama, Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Limbs of Yoga, The Relationship between yama and niyama, The Principles and Practice of Yama, Ahimsa: Non-violence, Non-injury, Non-harming, Satya: Non-lying, Truthfulness, Asteya: Non-stealing, Brahmacharya: Non-sensuality, Aparigraha: Non-attachment, Non-greed, 3. Niyama, Saucha: Cleanliness, Purity, Santosha: Contentment, Tapas: Austerity, Svadhaya: Self-study, Isvarapranidhana: Surrender to God, 4. Asana, What is Hatha Yoga?, Purification, Fasting for Purification, The Yogic Diet, Bandhas, Mudras, 5. Pranayama, Prana, the Vital Energy of the Universe, The Five Life-Forces of the Body, Guidelines for the Practice of Pranayama, Swara Yoga, Four Different Methods, of Breathing, Hand Mudras for controlling the breath, Pranayama Techniques, Pranic Healing, 6. Pratyahara, The Senses, The Practice of Pratyahara, 7. Dharana, Achieving Dharana, Interiorizing and Concentrating the Mind, Other Techniques that Help Concentration, 8. Dhyana, Why We Need to Meditate, The Practice of Meditation, Kriya yoga: An Advanced Spiritual Accelerator, 9. Samadhi, The Difference Between Meditation (Dhyana) and Samadhi, The Stages of Samadhi, Further Reading, Useful Addresses, Other Resources, Glossary, Index.
First published in English in 1958, the author lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga, providing a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest antecedents in the Vedas through the twentieth century.
One of the greatest contributions of Ayurveda to true health is the understanding of individual constitution-what balances one person unbalances another. By marrying the sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda, Mukunda steers away from an increasing tendency to 'medicalize' yoga therapy. Instead of offering prescriptive recommendations for specific medical diagnoses, he presents sequences of Vinyasa and pranayama suited to the various Ayurvedic body types. Yoga therapists and practitioners using this book can access a deeper level of preventative self -care, flowing in harmony with the seasons and attuning to the rhythm and balance of each individual. Enlivened by stories and wisdom teachings, "Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy" provides food for body, soul and spirit, guiding practitioners towards fulfillment of their highest potential well being.
Being the Translation of Haṭhayoga-pradīpikā, Gheraṇḍa-saṃhitā, and Śiva-saṃhitā
Author: Govardhan P. Bhatt
Pubpsher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
Category: Hatha yoga
This book, which is the collection of the three principal sources on the Hathayoga Pradipika, the Gheranda Samhita and the siva Samhita, written in the medival period, is rather the reproduction of the three Sanskrit texts and their revised English translation, originally published by Panini office, Allahabad This collection of the three texts makes a brilliant exposition of the above theory to compensate the loss of the gorakhanath`s original texts on the Hathayoga.