Yoga- Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga- Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga- Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga- Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Synopsis

Stimulates thoughts and expands awareness of the philosophical dimensions of yoga in its many forms and practices

Yoga -- Philosophy for Everyone presents a wide array of perspectives by people whose lives have been touched by yoga. Addressing myriad aspects of yoga's divergent paths, topics include body image for men and women; the religious and spiritual aspects of yoga; and issues relating to ethics, personal growth, and the teaching of yoga. Written by philosophers and non-philosophers alike, with contributions from professional yoga instructors, lifelong practitioners, and first-timers, Yoga -- Philosophy for Everyone offers a wealth of material for both enjoyment and deep reflection.

Excerpt

John Friend

Today, millions around the world regularly practice yoga. Yet many are unaware of the historical foundations of yoga and its underlying philosophies. Yoga: Philosophy for Everyone is an intellectually stimulating collection of nineteen thought-provoking essays that discuss yoga practice as it applies to twenty-first-century mainstream society. It presents some of the key ideas of the traditional lineages of yoga philosophy, while relating them to Western thought and culture through the writings of philosophers such as Aristotle and Descartes. Aptly titled, it covers a broad survey of topics, including life philosophy and diet, that are of great interest to both Western and Eastern cultures. This book, as its title implies and like yoga itself, is appropriate for everyone – from the beginner to the advanced practitioner and scholar.

For thousands of years in India, ‘yoga’ referred to both a state of cosmic consciousness and the disciplined practice that led the yogi into that state of ultimate spiritual union. the philosophy of yoga has endured over centuries because it has proven to be amazingly effective at explaining how to live in accordance with nature for greater health, happiness, and wisdom. Within the last 150 years the world has become increasingly exposed to the fundamental philosophical ideas of this life-enhancing practice. Today yoga philosophy is having profound influence in the areas of modern medicine, culture, interpersonal relationships, business, ethics, sports, and even cutting-edge scientific technology. So, with its increasing importance in the world today as an effective means for cultivating happiness and wisdom, everyone can benefit by understanding the basics of yoga philosophy.

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