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An Introduction to Yoga (English Edition)
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An Introduction to Yoga (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Annie Wood Besant

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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1908. These lectures are intended to give an outline of Yoga in order for the student to take up for practical purposes. The Nature of Yoga; Schools of Thought; Yoga as a Science; Yoga as Practice.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 173 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 75 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1463751346
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004TS6KC6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extraordinary! 22 septembre 2005
Par Godspark - Publié sur
Besant was an integral force in introducing Hindu thought to the Western world...long before there were yoga classes in every exercise studio, Besant brought the true meaning of what it means to practice the way of the yogi. This is an excellent overview of a most mystical way of life - not just breath work and asanas.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Principles, NOT the Theories 28 janvier 2009
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During four lectures delivered in Varansi (India) at the thirty-second annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, Dr Besant explores the nature of yoga as a science including the obstacles and impediments to practice. This small (ie, 150pp) manual provides the basis for a deeper study of the teaching of Patanjali and of Yoga in general, containing the essentials to be considered throughout the different stages of living and practice.

Given only four stars because of the "lecture" style, rather than a structured style made simpler to follow, her framework for establishing the basis of Yoga (or, UNITY) is compelling, for example: "Every Purusha has three characteristics, and these three are alike in all. One characteristic is awareness; it will become cognition. The second of the characteristics is life or prana; it will become activity. The third characteristic is immutability, the essence of eternity; it will become will. . ."[p 51]

Next she explains the relationship of Prakriti, that enables the transformation of ourselves and all creation: "Prakriti also has three characteristics, the well-known gunas---attributes or qualities. These are rhythm, mobility, and inertia. Rhythm enables awareness to become cognition. Mobility enables life to become activity. Inertia enables immutability to become will."[p 52]

Subsequently she touches on the fundamental nature of the Trinity, or three-in-one that permeates all creation---thus demanding Yoga or unity as the ever-present truth behind the apparent separateness of ourselves and all else of creation: "We have the power to know, the power to will, and the power to act. These are the three great powers of the Self that show themselves in the separated Self in every diversity of forms, from the minutest organism to the loftiest Logos."[p 60]

From this basis she tackles the fundamental characteristics of concentration, meditation, mantras, and other practice principles---with a stream of consciousness style evoking a lecture, rather than a structured curriculum.

Her ending challenges the sincere interest of existing humanity to awaken to a life devoid of judgment and repulsion, since all are immutably equal. However, she defers true brotherhood and realization to the Sixth and Seventh Root Races, for which we who currently struggle, are paving a path for them to follow.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book for Yoga beginners. 20 décembre 2012
Par jo ann osteen - Publié sur
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Great descriptions of Yoga positions. This is a good book to follow for Yoga beginners. Pictures of Yoga poses are great.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Invaluable book about Yoga philosophy best read slowly 25 juillet 2014
Par lonebeaut - Publié sur
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Annie Besant was an early feminist, a theosophist and colleague of Helen Blavatsky, a socialist, a supporter of Indian self-rule, and a proponent of yoga and the Vedas. This short book is quite literally an introduction to the science of yoga, as she calls it, and if read carefully and slowly, it's extremely illuminating. I've been a student of yoga since the 70s. I was given a first edition of this book decades ago but read it through too rapidly, not really absorbing much at the time. This Kindle edition, for all its typos, gave me a better grasp of what Besant is trying to explain in generally simple terms, although she is guilty of intellectual and mystical obscurity at times.

There are thousands of books about Yoga out there and you could spend your entire life and a dozen or so reincarnations reading them all. But if you give this one your full attention, you'll soon grasp what it's all about. And then you can determine whether you want to learn more.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected 9 août 2012
Par Ymelda Ramirez - Publié sur
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Its a tad bit difficult to read on the Kindle Fire. Has good info as long as you already know something about yoga. If your a newbie....find a different book. =/
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