By Stephen H. Phillips
For critical yoga practitioners curious to understand the traditional origins of the artwork, Stephen Phillips, a certified thinker and sanskritist with a long-standing own perform, lays out the philosophies of motion, wisdom, and devotion in addition to the approaches of meditation, reasoning, and self-analysis that shaped the foundation of yoga in old and classical India and proceed to form it this present day.
In discussing yoga's primary commitments, Phillips explores conventional teachings of hatha yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and tantra, and exhibits how such center recommendations as self-monitoring cognizance, karma, nonharmfulness (ahimsa), reincarnation, and the powers of cognizance relate to fashionable perform. He outlines values implicit in bhakti yoga and the tantric yoga of attractiveness and artwork and explains the occult psychologies of koshas, skandhas, and chakras. His publication comprises unique translations from the early Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutra (the whole text), the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and seminal tantric writings of the tenth-century Kashmiri Shaivite, Abhinava Gupta. A word list defining greater than 300 technical phrases and an in depth bibliography supply extra support to nonscholars. A impressive exploration of yoga's conceptual legacy, Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth crystallizes rules approximately self and truth that unite the various incarnations of yoga.