Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Eight Lectures on Yoga” as Want to Read:
Eight Lectures on Yoga
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Eight Lectures on Yoga

(The Equinox #3.04)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Aleister Crowley was among the first Europeans to study, preactice and teach Yoga. His intellectual hallmark—a philosophical synthesis of mysticism, magick and science—is rooted in his Yoga studies in the East at the turn of the last century. These eight lectures, written in 1937, set forth some of Crowley's conclusions after a lifelong philosophical investigation.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by New Falcon Publications (first published March 21st 1939)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Eight Lectures on Yoga, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Eight Lectures on Yoga

Magick by Aleister CrowleyMagick Without Tears by Aleister CrowleyEight Lectures on Yoga by Aleister CrowleyThe Vision and the Voice by Aleister CrowleyThe Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley
54 books — 24 voters
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot AdlerThe Golden Dawn by Israel RegardiePrometheus Rising by Robert Anton WilsonLiving Wicca by Scott CunninghamThe Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Occult Library
551 books — 270 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.05  · 
Rating details
 ·  495 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I learned most of my knowledge on Yoga in this small book!
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Consice , simple, and vital to any "Thelamites" curriculum vitae. It is too often forgotten, overlooked, or simply ignored that Crowley ended his life as a Mystic and viewed Yoga as an aim "Higher" than Magick. A goal to be achieved after one learned all one could from Magick. One of his last books..
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding expository of yogic philosophy stripped of dogma. Further this analyses the essence of magick and religious mysticism. The language is extremely readable, despite the occasional joke inserted pertaining to specifically English or early 20th century culture. An essential read for the serious student of magick and yoga.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read the Finnish edition to see how it is translated. An excellent and even humorous book, a cross-treatise on Yoga, metaphysics and mathematics and their internal relations. A must-read.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Genius. Along with Book IV: Part II, Patanjali, and the works of Vivekenanda comprise all one needs in the way of yoga.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
feel free to correct me/answer my questions. I write as I read. As you can see with my notes there is quite a bit of editing needed. Sentences are out of order and sometimes in the wrong essay. This makes re reading a necessity. He withholds knowledge on purpose and doesn’t explain enough sometimes. This leads me to believe just about any other book on the subject would be better. He does a lot of blah blah blah too.
Essay 1
Yoga is union of the perceived and what perceives. What perceives has be
Malini Chaudhri
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is of interest as its author is a very controversial Occultist that managed the Queens and courts of England with Alchemy. He was seen in levitation, and there was news of him being an accomplished yogi, with skills to support his practises in magic.
In a nutshell, he brings out keynotes of 'control,' 'breath' and 'mantra,' involuntary movements as 'frog' jumping and places it in a yoga contect. Actually he seems located in Thelema. The book frequently moves away from yoga and into ramb
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
No nonsense, or total nonsense!
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-classics
Crowley is superb when he is in this Cambridge syncretist mood. In this classic work he successfully achieves two objectives: dispels the idea that yoga is a triviality and then manages to get across philosophical essentials without burdening the reader with romantic foreign terms. Except for the terms "Yama" and "Niyama" which he gets across with usual masterful prose, undisguised awe & fitting reverence for the culture of an obviously advanced, albeit ancient, human culture.

Yoga is probabl
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Unlike his insufferable autobiography, this one is much more readable. It helps to have some background in philosophy, logic and the kabbalah to get the maximum out of it (which I either never had or forgot.) No advice on yogic positions or anything you could take to yoga class at the gym. More of a discussion of the limbs of yoga and the altered states of consciousness associated with it. Generally clear and precise with good humor. Still, he can't resist referring to his own publications frequ ...more
T.R. Wolfe
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult, yoga
Crowley doing what he sometimes does best: clear, lucid expositions, this time on yoga. If you fail to come away with the true understanding of yoga after reading this, well, may I suggest YELLOWBELLIES!
Fratrem Ozomahtli
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much more on the philosophies of yoga than the actual practice. If that's what you're looking for, I'd suggest checking out the first half of Book 4. None the less though this was quite a good read and shed light on a few other things within the general scope of Thelema.
Cynthian Leather
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Not incredibly clear or to the point, though Crowley explores some useful ideas in the big picture of Yoga. This is not a book about asana, or even meditation or pranayama. Each lecture seems to examine an approach to Unity or Oneness. Yoga.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-dnf
średniawka. nudzi.
(sidenote: czyżby się wypaliła w czytaniu po Ulissesie?!)
Mark Richfield
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent little volume...
Gary Colcombe
rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2010
rated it really liked it
Jan 21, 2010
Andy Alexander
rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Aug 28, 2012
Jedidiah Gainey
rated it really liked it
May 03, 2013
Michael Winkler
rated it it was amazing
Jul 17, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2007
Mark Kirwan
rated it really liked it
May 09, 2009
Fawn Hexe
rated it really liked it
Dec 20, 2012
rated it it was ok
Jul 29, 2008
rated it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2016
rated it really liked it
Dec 02, 2015
Bryce Combs
rated it it was amazing
Jan 29, 2013
rated it really liked it
Nov 08, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Jul 04, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Yoga in an an unusual perspective 1 1 Sep 24, 2018 05:34AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema
  • Freedom Is a Two Edged Sword
  • The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley
  • Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley
  • Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God
  • The Key of the Mysteries
  • The Red Goddess
  • Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley
  • Undoing Yourself: With Energized Meditation and Other Devices
  • Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
  • The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin, The Mage — As Delivered By Abraham The Jew Unto His Son Lamech — As A Grimoire of The 15th Century
See similar books…
Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and mystic. He was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law , the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained much notori ...more

Other books in the series

The Equinox (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 1: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 2: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 3: Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 4: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 5: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 6: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 7: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 8: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 9: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
  • The Equinox, Vol. 1, No. 10: The Review of Scientific Illuminism
“All phenomena of which we are aware take place in our own minds, and therefore the only thing we have to look at is the mind; which is a more constant quantity over all the species of humanity than is generally supposed.” 6 likes
“...the sole test of music is its power to exalt the soul.” 3 likes
More quotes…