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Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga [Paperback]

B.K.S. Iyengar
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22 Nov 2012

The latest work from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher.

Foreword from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon.

His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around the world. In ‘Core of the Yoga Sutras’, he applies this same clarity to the philosophical core of yoga–the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are 196 aphorisms forming the foundational text of yoga philosophy. Each sutra is short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. B.K.S. Iyengar has translated each one, providing an insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers, as well as linking the various themes throughout the sutras to one another.

Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration and English translation, followed by B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique commentary and authority only he can bring to the work.

B.K.S. Iyengar’s insight on the sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved. This is a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007921268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007921263
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

‘The Michelangelo of yoga’ – BBC

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The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Sep 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great wisdom, difficult read 17 Jun 2013
By S. K. Cormier - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read just about all of B.K.S. Iyengar's books for their wisdom and insight. Some flow and are poetic others are too often filled with Sanskrit terminology and need deep attention to grasp the intended point. Unfortunately, this new book is of the second type. I bought it with the hope that his life-long study of the Yoga Sutras would shine more light on this the oldest of yogic philosophy. I am sure it does but not in an easily grasped style for modern readers. I have found that it has more to offer to me if I just open to a section and read. I get more from the text this way rather than starting at the beginning and reading it page after page. As always, Iyengar gives us the benefit of his years of practice and wisdom, I just wish it was written more for the general audience rather than scholars of yoga.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars challenging read 6 April 2013
By me - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the idea of reading up on the sutras so I bought this book. I was surprised at how complex it seemed with these writings. The sanskrit was very distracting for me even though it was accompanied by the English translation.I had difficulty grasping the general sense of it. It is dense and complex and takes hours to digest each page if thoroughly.
It is definitely for an intermediate or advanced, intellectual reader of this subject.
Maybe yoga for me needs to be experienced and practiced-not read about.
I would start with something else if you are trying to get a good overall
feel for the philosophy of yoga.
Not for beginners unless you are quite an academic.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iyengar Yoga 17 May 2013
By Gail G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Recommended to persons with some knowledge of Sanskit. Sri B.K.S. Iyengar still sharing his spiritual knowledge into his ninties and the foreward by the Dali Lama, well ths book is a must have.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for Iyengar fans . . 20 Feb 2013
By Kali Andre - Published on Amazon.com
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I've followed Mr. Iyengar for over 20 years and I find his yoga teaching to be amongst the best and truthful instruction available. I have read "Light on Life" and "Tree of Yoga" by him as well as used his "Light on Yoga" technical instruction books. This one doesn't disappoint either.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to study 19 April 2013
By M 1 - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I thought it was too difficult but then I started it again and am glad I did. BKS has 80 years of yoga experience to share in a new way. This is a book I will read many times.
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