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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Publishing (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955241227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955241222
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This study is the report of a Westerner who has practised Yoga under a teacher in India. The primary purpose of the investigation was to test by personal experience the techniques of Hatha Yoga. For this purpose I went to India and Tibet. I submitted to a course of traditional training in Hatha Yoga, taking notes and making critical observations in order to appraise the results in the light of experience rather than of theory. To this end I became the sincere disciple of a highly esteemed teacher and settled down at his retreat in the hills near Ranchi. I adhered to the rigid discipline imposed upon one who wishes to practice Hatha Yoga. In order to further my studies, it was suggested by my teacher that I go to Tibet. According to him, what has become mere tradition in India is still living and visible in the ancient monasteries of that isolated land of mysteries. Immediately I set forth." --Book introduction

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Born on December 10, 1908, in Los Angeles, Theos Bernard graduated from the University of Arizona first in 1931 with a LLB (Bachelor of Law) degree and again in 1934 with a BA degree prior to entering Columbia University in that same year. Receiving an MA in philosophy in 1936, Bernard embarked on an expedition first to India and then to Tibet. Over the course of 16 months Bernard studied and learned both literary and spoken Tibetan, negotiated the acquisition of a complete set of the Tibetan Buddhist canon and other books, participated in some of the highest religious rituals in Tibet, and met with senior Tibetan lamas and officials, all the while documenting his experiences on paper, in photographs, and on film. Upon returning to New York in 1937, Bernard wrote and published several books both chronicling his experiences and setting forth the fundamental principles of Indian and Tibetan philosophies. In 1942, he entered Columbia University for a second time to pursue his PhD. Completed less than a year later, his dissertation Hatha Yoga: The Report of a Personal Experience, was subsequently published and served to introduce the practices of yoga to an American audience. He went on to found the short-lived Tibetan Text Society in Santa Barbara, California, prior to returning to the Indian subcontinent in search of additional resources. In 1947, Bernard launched a second expedition into the Himalayas, this time to Spiti, and entered the Punjab in 1947. Theos Bernard disappeared on his way to the Ki Monastery in Western Tibet. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain a mystery, although it was rumoured that he was murdered, along with his Moslem guides, by Hindus. Neither his body nor any of his possessions were ever recovered. This closed the final chapter on a fascinating journey, both inward and outward, of one of the most influential Western Yogis of the twentieth century, whose guiding light was to know the truth, free from the trappings and tapestries of illusion.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2010
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I first read this extraordinary book in 1974, having obtained a copy from the UCLA library. Upon re-reading the text (this time using a copy from the UC Davis library) I was struck with just how arduous and focused was Bernard's quest.

His intention was "to test by personal experience the techniques of Hatha Yoga." (p. 11) In doing so he traveled to India and ultimately to Tibet when he was 27-years old. Along the way he visited many Indian cities and learned yoga first hand from several teachers. He took notes and used those notes as the basis for a dissertation to obtain a PhD from Columbia University in 1943. This book is based on that dissertation originally published by Columbia University Press in 1944.

At the time Bernard went to India in 1936 little was known in the West about the actual practice of hatha yoga. It was considered a mysterious and secret discipline, characterized by extreme physical practices leading to occult and supernatural powers. Bernard sought to test the truth of such claims. He concluded "...during my studies of the science of Yoga I found that it holds no magic, performs no miracles, and reveals nothing supernatural." He adds, cryptically: "...'by thoroughly practising first the (physical) training, one acquires the Knowledge of the True.' The training I have here communicated faithfully; but the 'Knowledge of the True,' because of its very nature, must remain a mystery." (p. 96)

Bernard was no dilettante or weekend warrior when it came to hatha yoga. He practiced all the regular asanas, mudras, bandhas, and kriyas including many extreme and demanding forms. There are 36 black and white plates in the book showing Bernard demonstrating various poses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimoto Kasongo on 8 Jun. 2013
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This book is not for yoga beginners but for keen adepts of yoga or those who would like to reach the ultimate depth of yoga.in this book Theos Bernard narrates his personal yoga practice under a guidance of a guru and what it takes for deep practice. It is beyond most people common understanding of yoga practice as practiced in the west. If one want to dwell in the really depth of yoga or just understand true yoga practice then this book will be an eye opener...you'll soon realise by reading this book that here in the west we only scratch the surface of yoga and true yogis are rarer if none at all. I highly recommend this book for all keen yoga practionners as it will give you new insight in this noble discipline.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Charity on 3 Dec. 2007
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Yet another book Ive been looking to buy for years.. i cannot believe it is back in print... if you have the slightest interest in real yogabuy this book ... an absolute classic... Buy it today - before it dis-apppears out of print again..
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By Brian Reilly on 26 Aug. 2014
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Authentic Experience of a Western Hatha Yogi - with no Fairy Lights !
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A Real Yogi 20 Sept. 2011
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Theos Bernard is someone who actually learned classical hatha yoga. It wasn't about getting into lots of postures, but about learning to train his body to sit for three hours. This enabled him to still and direct his mind to achieve a higher state of awareness - where the name yoga or union comes from - a union with the infinite. He describes his experience of enlightenment clearly.

If you want to learn what real hatha or physical yoga is about get this book.
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