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Mark Forstater
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1 Aug 2002 1840324376 978-1840324372
The beneficial effect of practising yoga is well-cited but the ancient philosophy behind yoga practice is less well known in the West. This book introduces the wisdom of yoga that leads to a way of life at least 5000 years old in India. The word "yoga" means union, and the teachings of yoga convey a union on all levels of being as the person is at one with itself, with the divine and with nature. Presenting the key philosophical texts from the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Dita, the Vedas and the Upanishads in an accessible, poetic manner, this book explores the recurrent themes common to all schools of yoga - explaining how they can be incorporated into our lives to deepen the yoga experience.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840324376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840324372
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,412,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Forstater and Manuel have done us a great service to put the perspective of Yoga into its classical context. The vastness of the scope of Yoga is clearly elucidated in this thoughtful book, reminding us that Yoga is best understood as the art and science of living spiritual evolution.' (Mukunda Stiles, author of Structural Yoga Therapy ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One reason we wrote this book was to counterbalance the emphasis of the West in looking on yoga as a body and fitness regime. We wanted to make it clear that yoga traditionally was designed to work on the mind and its aim was to achieve liberation, or freedom.

Another motivation in writing this book was to create a clear and accessible introduction to the philosophy of classical yoga. When my co-author (and wife) Jo Manuel did her yoga teacher training, she found it difficult to find a book that explained the theory of yoga in a way that would interest non-specialists. She also noted that in order to read the key yoga texts – the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, it was necessary to buy 3 separate books. So we decided to write a book that not only explained the theory of yoga but also included readable versions of these texts. In this way we hoped that yoga teachers, their students, and anyone interested in learning more about yoga could find sufficient information in one volume.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspirational 21 Jun 2003
By Zoe
As a practitioner to the physical side of yoga, I chose this book as one to guide me to the spiritual side, and to get to know more about yoga as a whole, I found this book a great help and enlightening read.
The book its self is in two parts, the philosophy and the sacred scriptures.
It is put together to promote understanding in and uncomplicated way; great for every one at all stages, and give advice to those who want to achieve in yoga and gain knowledge of its benefits, I found it fascinating and full of information and a good book for learning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book and accompanying CD 6 Oct 2008
Book and accompanying CD

Jo Manuel is the founder of The Special Yoga Centre and Mark Forstater is a writer and film, television and radio producer. Among his credits is the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail - one never knew there was a link between Patanjali and the knights who say "Ni!"

Having just completed the BWY Foundation Course I really wish I had this a year ago. This comprehensive, explanatory book and CD gives the yoga student a thorough grounding in the Yoga Classics (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads).

It reflects a lot of the course's syllabus, taking the reader from the aim of yoga, its path, asanas, pranayama, meditation and spirituality to a conversation with God in short, easy to navigate chapters. It presents an introduction to the texts and their key stance in the history of yoga, with modern-day references and stories which engage the reader.

Either book or CD provide an excellent guide to yoga but I would strongly recommend buying both, particularly if you are about to embark on the Foundation Course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Teachings 28 Jun 2006
This book is a must if you are at all interested in learning what yoga is really all about. It puts you weekly yoga class in context and then some! It's easy to read and follow - even some of the more complicated ideas that are part of this science of life are explained beautifully and simply by the authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 15 Jun 2014
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This book is great for yogi's and anyone interested in the spiritual side of life. I couldnt put it down, written beautifully, highly recommend.
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Jo Manuel and Mark Forstater gave the yoga world a great gift when they wrote this book and for the past ten years it has been hugely valued by my many yoga students. Through clear explanation and in language of the times we live in, it encourages and enlightens yoga enthusiasts who may not be completely aware that yoga is about a lot more than postures and relaxation; that the ancient teachings are very relevant to the here now. The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga enables us to see that yoga is about life and that understanding the spirituality and psychology of yoga and then applying the techniques it teaches, gives us the skills to live happily and harmoniously. June Mitchell, CYS Teacher Training
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This book was recommended to me by my yoga teacher and as I like to know the 'mechanics inside the box' for most subjects in my life, I bought it. I hoped to gain more understanding of how yoga can affect or enhance my life but this book did not help in that way. It did enlighten me to the origins and beliefs of yoga but I could probably have achieved this more readily elsewhere.
This book contains great depth and detail on yoga history and philosophy. The text on the back cover explains this and I should have taken more care when reading it.
I found it a difficult read and must admit to skipping a lot of the translation material. Overall, I'm afraid I didn't enjoy it and it failed to help achieve my goal but, again, I should have considered it more carefully.
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