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Core of the Yoga Sutras : The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga - B K S Iyengar

Core of the Yoga Sutras

The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga

Paperback Published: 4th December 2012
ISBN: 9780007921263
Number Of Pages: 320

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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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Foreword by the Dalai Lamap. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Acknowledgementsp. xxxi
Prologuep. xxxiii
Yoga Pithika - Introductionp. 1
Yoga Parampara - Yaugika Lineagep. 11
Yoga Dharma - The Concept of Yogap. 13
Janma Mrtyu Cakra - The Wheel of Birth and Deathp. 20
Srstikarta - Adi Purusa or Isvarap. 27
Srstikrama - The Structure of the Universep. 32
Purusa (Atman)p. 32
Aham-akarap. 33
Visva Caitanya Saktip. 33
Gunasp. 34
Prakrtip. 37
The Conjunction between Purusa and Prakrtip. 38
Citta (Consciousness)p. 42
Purusa - Seerp. 44
Citta Svabhava - The Natural State of Consciousnessp. 50
Ahamkara (l-maker), a Mirror of the Seer and the Seenp. 51
Buddhi (Wisdom, intelligence)p. 53
Manas (Mind)p. 56
Kutastha Citta (Big æIÆ)p. 59
Parinama Citta (Small æiÆ)p. 59
Citta Nirupana (Representation or Definition of Citta)p. 64
Citta Laksana - Characteristics of Consciousnessp. 66
Citta Bhumip. 68
Citta Laksanap. 69
Citta Sreni - Stages of Consciousnessp. 72
Vyutthana Citta and Nirodha Cittap. 73
Santa Cittap. 75
Ekagra Cittap. 75
Chidra Cittap. 75
Nirmana Cittap. 76
Divya Citta (Paripakva Citta)p. 77
Klesa, Vrtti and Antaraya - Afflictions, Fluctuations and Impedimentsp. 78
Vrttisp. 83
Samskara Vrttip. 86
Anukula and Pratikula Vrttip. 87
Anukula Vrttip. 87
Pratikula Vrttip. 93
Nava Antaraya - Nine Types of Impedimentsp. 94
Citta Parivartana through Yoga - Transformation of Citta through Yogap. 98
Sadhana Krama - Method of Practicep. 106
Sadhana Kramap. 109
Sadhana Kriyap. 111
Tapasp. 113
Svadhyayap. 114
Isvara Pranidhanap. 115
Sadhana Stambha (Pillars for Sadhaka and Sadhana)p. 120
Adhahpatana Rekha in Sadhana - The Razor Edge of Yogap. 121
The Precipicep. 126
Astanga Yoga Prayoga, Tatha Parinama - The Application of Astanga Yoga and Its Effectsp. 127
Sarira Sarin Bhavap. 127
Kosas of the Bodyp. 128
Bahiranga and Antaranga Samyamap. 134
Effects of Samyamasp. 139
Application of Yogap. 143
Yamap. 144
Effects of Yamap. 145
Niyamap. 146
Effects of Niyamap. 147
Asanap. 147
How Should an Asana Be Done?p. 148
Effects of Asanasp. 153
Differences between Asana and Dhyanap. 155
Pranayamap. 155
Effects of Pranayamap. 157
Vayup. 160
Cakrasp. 162
Pratyaharap. 164
Effects of Pratyaharap. 166
Dharanap. 166
Definition of Dharanap. 167
Effects of Dharanap. 168
Dhyanap. 168
Effects of Dhyanap. 169
Antaratman Aspect of Yogap. 171
Samadhi or Samapattip. 171
Effects of Samadhip. 172
Antaranga Samadhip. 173
Virama Pratyayap. 175
Effects of Virama Pratyayap. 175
Cautions to Sadhakas on Samadhip. 176
Samadhi Phalap. 177
Nirbija Samadhip. 177
Yogaphala (Effects of Astanga Yoga)p. 178
Prakrti Purusa Jayap. 181
Bhuta jaya - mastery over the elementsp. 181
Tanmatra jaya - mastery over the infrastructure! qualities of the elementsp. 182
Sarira jaya - mastery over the bodyp. 182
Indriya jaya - mastery over the organs of action and senses of perceptionp. 182
Manojaya - mastery over the mind and consciousnessp. 182
Realising the seerp. 183
Atmajaya - sight of the seerp. 183
Samadhi-Kaivalya Bheda-The Difference between Samadhi and Kaivalyap. 185
Glossary of Sanskrta Wordsp. 189
Patañjali's Yoga Sutrasp. 231
Alphabetical Index of the Sutrasp. 259
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780007921263
ISBN-10: 0007921268
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th December 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42

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Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014), better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of modern yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as "the father of modern yoga". He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the world. The Indian government awarded Iyengar the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

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