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

The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice
By Georg Feuerstein

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From the foremost living authority on Yoga comes the most comprehensive and reliable treatment of the subject available today. This is a work of impeccable scholarship by a person who has dedicated his life to the understanding and practice of yoga. The book offers a complete overview of every Yogic tradition, from the familiar to the lesser-known forms. It also covers all aspects of Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina Yoga, including history, philosophy, literature, psychology and practice. In addition, included are translations of twenty Yoga treatises and the first translation of the Goraksha Paddhati.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #43227 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Hohm Press
  • Published on: 2001-10-31
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.50" h x 1.00" w x 8.50" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 550 pages


  • Illustrations

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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 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. Donna Seaman

Without a doubt the finest overall explanation of Yoga ... Destined to become a classic. -- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything.

About the Author
Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., is founder-director of the Yoga Research Center in Northern California and serves on the governing board of the Healing Buddha Foundation. He is a contributing editor of Yoga Journal, Inner Directions and Intuition and has written thirty books, including the award-winning Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga and Tantra: The Art of Ecstacy.

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5Five Stars
By swati_91
Besides being too big and bulky this is a great overview of the Yogic tradition by a Westerner

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5The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice
By Yoga Addict
What a great book! The author is clearly knowledgeable and has done thorough research. It is packed with great insight, observations, comparisons and artwork. I have just started reading it and will update this review when I have finished the book.

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5Well researched and referenced history of yoga
By Henry Huta
As a PhD student working on my dissertation in Psychology with the topic of yoga and meditation, this book is one of the few that stands out in its coverage of the history of yoga with solid peer reviewed references.

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