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The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice

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Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is much more than a system of physical exercises—it is a profound path of self-transformation that encompasses a range of teachings, practices, and sacred texts that can help us ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Shambhala
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Kara
May 07, 2008 Kara rated it it was amazing
This book is anything and everything I have ever wanted to know about yoga. This book put down in words what I seemed to inherently know about the self, the universe and yoga's place in it. I support what the yoga experience aims to achieve. Plus it's ancient history and origins gives the practice a priceless amount of credibility that is unmatched by any other discipline. There were many different chapters in this book that aimed at a deeper understanding of existence, and none of which were ...more
Kate Lumsden
Nov 03, 2012 Kate Lumsden rated it it was amazing
the first book i ever really read on yoga. it's like diving into the deep deep end.
V K
Feb 12, 2009 V K added it
The best book to read on Yoga to gain insight to the philisophical dimensions, written by a an amazing scholar and yogi.
Craig Shoemake
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a veritable treasure chest of information, insight, ideas and inspiration for practice, contemplation and just about everything having to do with yoga.

Unlike the previous Feuerstein book I reviewed (The Path of Yoga), this is not an integrated text but rather a collection of essays and musings by the author. Even if you didn't know this, you would quickly suspect it since, while the sections of the book are arranged thematically (general orientation, ethics,
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Louise Silk
Nov 07, 2013 Louise Silk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, spirit
This book answers each and every why I have ever asked myself about my yoga practice. There is a complete history from ancient to modern times. There are clear reasons for each of the practices and what I can expect to accomplish. There is a wonderful section on shavasana with deep information I have not seen anywhere. This is the book holds the answer to why yoga is important for anyone who truly wants to experience the personal and its connection to the universe.

A Must read for an practitione
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Cyndee
Nov 23, 2009 Cyndee rated it it was amazing
I am re-reading this book as part of an online course given by the author. This book is unlike many of Feuerstein's other Yoga texts--it covers territory similar to his The Yoga Tradition but the chapters are short and relate to a very specific Yoga topic. It is also highly readable. It would serve as a wonderful learning text for beginner or experienced yogi.
11/2009--just completed the reading for the course. This book is a must-accompaniment to anyone who wants to understand all of Yoga.
Cici
Oct 13, 2012 Cici rated it really liked it
This is somberly and thoughtfully written, with a style midway between scholar and a practitioner. It covers many topics in Yoga, all in short essay form (a few pages per topic). No graphs; text only. Which may be limiting in its descriptive power. This book decidedly covers nearly all things outside of a typical asana-oriented yoga book: no picture, no instruction, just commentaries and opinions. With only a few exceptions, it is well-balanced and well-resourced.
Ron Krumpos
Jul 09, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it really liked it
"The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads.

Georg Feuerstein is one of the foremost experts on yoga, both of Hinduism and Buddhism, in the world. He has more than 10 books on Goodreads. Born in Germany, he now resides in Canada.
Tamara Bliss
Nov 30, 2013 Tamara Bliss rated it it was amazing
Georg Feuerstein is (was) the quintessential North American yoga author and expert on yoga philosophy. His interpretations are honest, deep and true. His writing style makes the ancient texts accessible. This book shows us the relevance of yoga's teachings in our current culture, addressing the world's issues and society.
Peter
Mar 14, 2014 Peter added it
An essential reference for yoga philosophy. Do not expect to see spandex-clad downward dogs. Yamas and Niyamas, Mudras, Mantras, emptiness, tantra, the whole zenchilada.
Chazzy
Jan 15, 2008 Chazzy rated it liked it
it's a series of disparate articles that were brought together under one cover, so it inevitable reads that way. still, it's a good comprehensive brush on yoga theory and practice.
Alma Birbilaite
Aug 27, 2015 Alma Birbilaite rated it liked it
Pretty weird and complicated writing style, but gives very insightful overview of overall yoga tradition. Wouldn't recommend as a first book on yoga.
Michele
Oct 17, 2009 Michele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-reference
I didn't read this book cover-to-cover. It is more of a keep-your-nightstand, and read a chapter that speaks to your moment, then read it again reference for yogic insights.
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i love this book. i am half way through but now its in buffalo. I hope it can be sent or I'll see it soon enough.
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Georg A. Feuerstein was an Indologist and, according to his associate Ken Wilber, among the foremost Westerns scholar-practitioners of yoga. After doing his postgraduate research at Durham University in England, he moved to the United States, eventually settling in Canada with his wife and sometime co-author Brenda.
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“The postures are only the "skin" of yoga. Hidden behind them are the "flesh and blood" of breath control and mental techniques that are still more difficult to learn, as well as moral practices that require a lifetime of consistent application and that correspond to the skeletal structure of the body. The higher practices of concentration, meditation and unitive ecstasy(samadhi) are analogous to the circulatory and nervous system." Georg Feuerstein The Deeper Dimension of Yoga” 9 likes
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