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Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Paperback Book
November, 2002
$29.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

B.K.S. Iyengar has practiced and taught yoga for over fifty years. His Light on Yoga and his many dedicated teachers have revolutionized the practice of yoga in the West. First published in 1966 and reissued with a new introduction in 2002 by the author, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a fresh translation of the “sacred texts” of yoga—the philosophy and practice in detail, made accessible to Western readers.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a collection of 196 aphorisms, each one concerning an aspect of the path to enlightenment through yoga. Recognized as one of the most profound and enlightening studies of human nature and the search for spiritual liberation, the Sutras were compiled over 2,000 years ago.

Iyengar’s translation also contains his own detailed commentary on each Sutra. The result is an accessible, helpful book, of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga alike.

Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorrow, and enables them to live fully, taking a delight in life. The practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant. It transforms the mind making it harmonious. Yoga helps to keep one’s body and mind in tune with the essence, the soul, so that all three are blended into one.

“Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the bible of yoga… To practice yoga without the profound and panoramic inner cartography of the yoga Sutras is to be adrift in a difficult and potentially dangerous ocean. To use that map without the compass of Iyengar’s deep and authoritative experience, is to handicap oneself unnecessarily. No yoga practitioner should be without this classic and invaluable book.” —Godfrey Devereux,  Dynamic Yoga

Publisher’s Description: 

New Edition

BKS Iyengars translation and commentary on these ancient yoga sutras has been described as the blef yoga. This new edition of the classic text contains a new introduction by BKS Iyengar.

Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the worlds most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.

The Sutras are short and to the point - each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers.

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. The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.

A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West. Serious students and teachers of yoga, especially those studying Iyengar yoga, will find this an indispensable guide to wholeness, poise, and peace.

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