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358 pages, Paperback
First published October 5, 1999
Astonishingly, Bapuji never really studied postures with a yoga teacher. His guru, Dadaji, gave him only one posture, the lotus pose for meditation, and one pranayama, a pattern of alternate-nostril breathing called anuloma viloma, familiar to most beginning yoga students. The entire hatha yoga vocabulary of hundreds of postures and pranayamas—postures and pranayamas that he had never seen—were revealed to him spontaneously in his practice.
Many Eastern teachers, not understanding the depth of the Orphan archetype in the West, walk right into situations in which they are highly idealized.