Through the writings, experiences,and philosophy of the world’s greatestyoga guru and teacher, discoverwhat yoga can do for you.
B.K.S. lyengar Yoga Wisdom and Practiceoffers an uplifting series of beautifullypresented asana, demonstrated step bystep, and all accompanied by Iyengar'sguiding voice. He passes on wisdomdrawn from ancient yogic texts andfrom the lessons of his own life journey.and shares his insights into the physicaland spiritual rewards you can gainfrom the practice of yoga.
Yoga Wisdom and Practice is filled with gems extracted from the eightvolumes of my Astadala Yogamala, covering yogic knowledge (vidya) andexperienced wisdom (buddhi) for those who love and live in yoga. Yoga cameto me by chance. It soon made me accept it as a choice. Practising day in,day out to absorb and maintain the subtle transformations brought aboutby each asana and each breath, I re-acted and re-adjusted in each asanato experience the zenith — a single state of uninterrupted flow of attentionand awareness.
We are all born with inquisitiveness. This makes us seach for ways tolive this God-given life with honour and dignity. Though I initially practisedasana and pranayama using the body and mind compartmentally, later Ibegan to associate (samyoga) these differentiating movements to integrate(samyama) every part of the gross body with an even flow of energy. Such anintensive internal penetration of intelligence towards the causal bodythrough the subtle inner body encourages the dormant consciousness tospread and touch the frontier of the soul - the inner layer of skin. Thus, yogauses the body — the container — to touch the content — the soul. In order tomake the soul ''ring its bells'' within each cell, | had to stay in each asana fora long period. Though | was explicitly involved in asana and pranayama, Iknew in my heart of hearts that the other petals of yoga were implicitlyinvolved and operating.
The body is finite and mortal, but the soul is infinite and eternal. Iworked the soul (jivatma) to engulf its frontier — the body — by using the fiveelements of nature with their infrastructures, namely, earth, water, fire, air,and ether with smell, taste, form, touch, and vibration. Thus balanced evenly,the body is divinely united with the divine Soul as a divine union.
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