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As interest in yoga continues to grow ever more broadly in the U.S., more and more Americans are trying out yoga and discovering its benefits. At the same time, millions of people who already practice yoga are finding that it can play many different roles in their life—from physical release to spiritual growth—and wonder how to unlock that potential fully. The Yoga Mind offers a bridge between yoga as a physical practice and yoga as a spiritual inquiry. A wide-ranging, considered investigation of the deep mind-body connection yoga promotes, it includes the best work of great yoga teachers and philosophers, as well as contemporary yoga teachers and practitioners who draw wisdom and insight from their practice. Selections include writings by Patanjali, B. K. S. Iyenger, Judith Lasater, Margot Anand, Stephen Cope, Geeta Iyengar, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Erich Schiffman, and many others. The Yoga Mind is for people who want to explore yoga's deepest potential to change and enhance their lives on the physical, emotional, and spiritual planes.
Teaching and information topics include: a concise overview of the many aspects of yoga a vast amount of computer drawn illustrations and more than 500 photographs depicting the yoga postures a self-study guide to the yoga poses including seventy basic foundation postures with descriptions, techniques, and benefi ts in detail fi fteen original series (sequence/routines) of postures with different purposes and themes to carry the practitioner through a diverse personal practice fi ve variations of the well known aerobic Sun Salutations a discussion of how to perform and understand the physical postures, rhythmic controlled breathing, meditation, relaxation, postural alignment, stress management, and philosophy common questions typically asked by yoga students with related answers a brief treatise of beginning basics in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology eight well-known and simple mantras (chants) an artful collection of photos demonstrating postures beyond beginning level is presented. This is a must-have book for yoga practitioners, teachers, studio owners, health providers, college classes, and business settings as it confi rms the benefi ts and effects of Iyengar-style yoga practice.
"Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is much more than a system of physical exercises—it is a profound path of self-transformation that encompasses a range of teachings, practices, and sacred texts that can help us cultivate wisdom, balance, and inner freedom, as well as physical health. Feuerstein is one of the few Western scholar-teachers of Yoga whose writing and teaching penetrate the full richness and depth of this ancient tradition. Here he offers a collection of essays touching on all facets of the discipline. Topics include: • The different branches and styles of Yoga • The ethical teachings of Yoga • Yoga and vegetarianism • Meditation and mantras • Choosing a teacher • Tantric Yoga • The experience of ecstasy
Israel Regardie wrote The Tree of Life, a book many consider his magnum opus, in 1932. It has continued to sell for decades. And no wonder. Up until the time this book was published, very little information about true high magic was available to the public. In this book, Regardie reveals the secrets of real magic. He begins with an explanation of what magic is and, just as importantly, what magic is not. He explains that it is a spiritual study and practice which, along with forms of yoga, forms the two branches of the tree that is mysticism. Magic is not being a medium or a psychic. Then he explains the tools of the magician, what they mean, and how to use them. He explains the techniques of evocation and invocation, skrying, and astral travel. He shows how the Qabalah unites everything. He even gives a description of the secrets of sexual magick. All of this is in a clear, lucid writing style. This book is simply a must for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a real magician. Although Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero were friends of Regardie and are Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, what changes could they have made to this classic book? Well, they did change the spelling from British style to American. And they did change his transliterations of Hebrew into the more popular style he used in his later books. But nothing vital was changed or removed. Everything else they added was complementary to the text that was there. And what incredible additions they are! Extensive annotations throughout every chapter; over 100 illustrations; more descriptive contents pages; a glossary, a bibliography and an index. They've even added a biographical note on Regardie and the importance of this book to him and to the occult world. This book contains some of the finest occult writing that has ever been produced. And with the new material by the Ciceros, it becomes a must-have for any magician!
Within most pre-modern, Indian traditions of yoga, the role of the guru is absolutely central. Indeed, it was often understood that yoga would simply not work without the grace of the guru. The modern period saw the dawn of new, democratic, scientific modes of yoga practice and teaching. While teachings and gurus have always adapted to the times and circumstances, the sheer pace of cultural change ushered in by modernity has led to some unprecedented innovations in the way gurus present themselves and their teachings, and the way they are received by their students. Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions of individual gurus to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga today. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindu diaspora. Each section deals with a different aspect of the guru within modern yoga. Included are extensive considerations of the transnational tantric guru; the teachings of modern yoga's best-known guru, T. Krishnamacharya, and those of his principal disciples; the place of technology, business and politics in the work of global yoga gurus; and the role of science and medicine. As a whole, the book represents an extensive and diverse picture of the place of the guru, both past and present, in contemporary yoga practice.
American Spiritualities A Reader Edited by Catherine L. Albanese Readings that explore approaches to American spirituality, past and present. This reader explores current interest in spirituality in the United States. It traces the concept and presence of spirituality in the nation's past and explains the strong attraction to spiritual themes in the present, with attention to questions of definition, historical usage, and connection to religion. Twenty-seven selections pursue the difference and diversity among Americans in terms of their spiritual styles, here understood as modes of experiential knowledge. Catherine L. Albanese has organized these selections to reflect four approaches to spirituality: knowing through the body, or ritual-based spiritualities; knowing through the heart, or evangelical and emotionally toned spiritualities; knowing through the will, or prophetic and social-action spiritualities; and knowing through the mind, or metaphysically oriented spiritualities. Taken together, these essays make the argument that the spiritual is human-made, essentially religious, and surely not the same at all American times and places. The anthology includes selections by Catherine L. Albanese, Janet and Robert Aldridge, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Epes Brown, Charles W. Colson, Annie Dillard, Virgilio Elizondo, Tamar Frankiel, Emma Goldman, Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, B. K. S. Iyengar, Curtis D. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Chen Kung, Jerena Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Thomas Merton, Carry A. Nation, E. Burke Rochford, Jr., Jerry Rubin, Molly Rush, Starhawk, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Trine, Joachim Wach, B. Alan Wallace, Steven Wilhelm, and Dhyani Ywahoo. Catherine L. Albanese is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of the widely used textbook America: Religions and Religion, now in its third edition, and of numerous other articles and books, including Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age. Albanese is a former president of the American Academy of Religion. April 2001 552 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index cloth 0-253-33839-5 $65.00 L / £50.00 paper 0-253-21432-7 $27.50 s / £21.00 Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Knowing through the Body: The Path of Ritual 1. "Ritual Sites in the Narrative of American Religion"/Tamar Frankiel 2. "The Ordinances of Public Worship"/Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe 3. "Popular Religion as the Core of Cultural Identity Based on the Mexican American Experience in the United States"/Virgilio Elizondo 4. "Thought, Speech, Action: Rhythms of Jewish Life"/Tamar Frankiel 5. "Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun Dance"/Joseph Epes Brown, ed. 6. "The Coven"/Starhawk Part Two: Knowing through the Heart: The Path of Feeling and Emotion 7. "The Second Birth"/Curtis D. Johnson 8. "The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee"/Jarena Lee 9. "Girlhood and Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit"/Aimee Semple McPherson, 10. "An Unforgettable Night"/Charles W. Colson 11. "est"/Jerry Rubin, 12. "Surrendering to Krishna: Devi's Story"/E. Burke Rochford, Jr. Part Three: Knowing through the Will: The Path of Prophecy and Social Action 13. "The Reformer" and "The Prophet"/Joachim Wach 14. "Resistance to Civil Government"/Henry David Thoreau 15. "The Divine Call"/Carry A. Nation 16. Living My Life (excerpt)/Emma Goldman 17. "Letter from Birmingham Jail"/Martin Luther King, Jr. 18. Testimonies/Janet and Robert Aldridge, Molly Rush, and Daniel Berrigan Part Four: Knowing through the Mind: The Path of Metaphysics 19. "The Subtle Energies of Spirit: Explorations in Metaphysical and New Age Spirituality"/Catherine L. Albanese 20. "Fullness of Life Bodily Health and Vigor"/Ralph Waldo Trine 21. "The Gift of Understanding" a
Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. Nationwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination. In The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers will learn how the health of the spine and posture affect every sustem of the body, and how yoga positions and breathing exercises benefit the circulatory system, the heart and other vital organs, relieve menopausal symptoms, and remove stiffness and inertia from the body. In this comprehensive guide, Iyengar yoga expert Suza Francina describes and illustrates how to begin and maintain a yoga program through personal stories and over 100 easy-to-follow instructional photos of older teachers and students.
Yoga as Therapeutic Exercise is a practical guide to prescribing yoga exercises therapeutically for common health problems. The book is aimed at all manual therapists, as well as yoga teachers working with beginners and physically restricted or older students. It describes how to modify yoga postures for a wide range of patients and conditions, integrating relaxation, stretching and strengthening. Written in an accessible style and with a very practical layout, it describes the principles and aims of this exercise approach before providing groups of exercises for specific areas of the body (feet and knees, pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle, neck, arms and hands). Exercises are classified from basic to advanced level and supported by clear illustrative photographs and precise descriptions. KEY FEATURES Includes basic tests to find the appropriate exercises Gives advice for patient compliance Presents basic exercises for all areas of the body Helps patients build up a successful individual form of practice Luise Wörle and Erik Pfeiff both lecture and teach throughout Europe. Luise is a yoga teacher and osteopath; Erik is a psychotherapist and bodywork therapist.