Yoga in Practice

Yoga is a body of practice that spans two millennia and transcends the boundaries of any single religion, geographic region, or teaching lineage. In fact, over the centuries there have been many "yogas"--yogas of battlefield warriors, of itinerant minstrels and beggars, of religious reform...

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Main Author: White, David Gordon
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: New Jersey Princeton University Press 2011
Series/Journal:Princeton Readings in Religions
Further subjects:B Health -- Yoga
B Yoga -- History
B Yoga
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Parallel Edition:Print version: White, David Gordon: Yoga in Practice. - New Jersey : Princeton University Press,c2011. - 9780691140865
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Summary:Yoga is a body of practice that spans two millennia and transcends the boundaries of any single religion, geographic region, or teaching lineage. In fact, over the centuries there have been many "yogas"--yogas of battlefield warriors, of itinerant minstrels and beggars, of religious reformers, and of course, the yogas of mind and body so popular today. Yoga in Practice is an anthology of primary texts drawn from the diverse yoga traditions of India, greater Asia, and the West. This one-of-a-kind sourcebook features elegant translations of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and even Islamic yogic writings, many of them being made available in English for the very first time. Collected here are ancient, colonial, and modern texts reflecting a broad range of genres, from an early medical treatise in Sanskrit to Upanishadic verses on sacred sounds; from a Tibetan catechetical dialogue to funerary and devotional songs still sung in India today; and from a 1930s instructional guide by the grandfather of contemporary yoga to the private papers of a pioneer of tantric yoga in America. Emphasizing the lived experiences to be found in the many worlds of yoga, Yoga in Practice includes David Gordon White's informative general introduction as well as concise introductions to each reading by the book's contributors
Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Contents by Tradition -- Contents by Country -- Contributors -- Introduction -- Note for Instructors -- Foundational Yoga Texts -- 1. The Path to Liberation through Yogic Mindfulness in Early Ayurveda -- 2. A Prescription for Yoga and Power in the Mahabharata -- 3. Yoga Practices in the Bhagavadglta -- 4. Patanjala Yoga in Practice -- 5. Yoga in the Yoga Upanisads: Disciplines of the Mystical OM Sound -- 6. The Sevenfold Yoga of the Yogavasistha -- 7. A Fourteenth-Century Persian Account of Breath Control and Meditation -- Yoga in Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu Tantric Traditions -- 8. A Digambara Jain Description of the Yogic Path to Deliverance -- 9. Saraha's Queen Dohas -- 10. The Questions and Answers of Vajrasattva -- 11. The Six-Phased Yoga of the Abbreviated Wheel of Time Tantra (Laghukalacakratantra) according to Vajrapani -- 12. Eroticism and Cosmic Transformation as Yoga. The Atmatattva of the Vaisnava Sahajiyas of Bengal -- 13. The Transport of the Hamsas: A Sakta Rasalila as Rajayoga in Eighteenth-Century Benares -- Yoga of the Nath Yogis -- 14. The Original Goraksasataka -- 15. Nath Yogis, Akbar, and the "Balnath Tilla" -- 16. Yogic Language in Village Performance: Hymns of the Householder Naths -- Yoga in the Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods -- 17. The Yoga System of the Josmanis -- 18. Songs to the Highest God (Isvara) of Samkhya-Yoga -- 19. Yoga Makaranda of T. Krishnamacharya -- 20. Theos Bernard and the Early Days of Tantric Yoga in America -- 21. Universalist and Missionary Jainism: Jain Yoga of the Terapanthi Tradition -- Glossary of Foreign Terms -- Index
ISBN:0691140863