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Introduction to Yoga Hardcover – January 1, 1972


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Theosophical Pub House (January 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835671208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835671200
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,644,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Better exercise... What more can I say.
Salty Dog
I found this book to be way to indepth and too technical for a beginner.
M Carter
Its a tad bit difficult to read on the Kindle Fire.
Ymelda Ramirez

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Godspark on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Besant was an integral force in introducing Hindu thought to the Western world...long before there were yoga classes in every exercise studio, Besant brought the true meaning of what it means to practice the way of the yogi. This is an excellent overview of a most mystical way of life - not just breath work and asanas.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T-Metz on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
During four lectures delivered in Varansi (India) at the thirty-second annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, Dr Besant explores the nature of yoga as a science including the obstacles and impediments to practice. This small (ie, 150pp) manual provides the basis for a deeper study of the teaching of Patanjali and of Yoga in general, containing the essentials to be considered throughout the different stages of living and practice.

Given only four stars because of the "lecture" style, rather than a structured style made simpler to follow, her framework for establishing the basis of Yoga (or, UNITY) is compelling, for example: "Every Purusha has three characteristics, and these three are alike in all. One characteristic is awareness; it will become cognition. The second of the characteristics is life or prana; it will become activity. The third characteristic is immutability, the essence of eternity; it will become will. . ."[p 51]

Next she explains the relationship of Prakriti, that enables the transformation of ourselves and all creation: "Prakriti also has three characteristics, the well-known gunas---attributes or qualities. These are rhythm, mobility, and inertia. Rhythm enables awareness to become cognition. Mobility enables life to become activity. Inertia enables immutability to become will."[p 52]

Subsequently she touches on the fundamental nature of the Trinity, or three-in-one that permeates all creation---thus demanding Yoga or unity as the ever-present truth behind the apparent separateness of ourselves and all else of creation: "We have the power to know, the power to will, and the power to act.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jo ann osteen on December 20, 2012
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Great descriptions of Yoga positions. This is a good book to follow for Yoga beginners. Pictures of Yoga poses are great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ymelda Ramirez on August 8, 2012
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Its a tad bit difficult to read on the Kindle Fire. Has good info as long as you already know something about yoga. If your a newbie....find a different book. =/
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Carter on March 6, 2012
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I found this book to be way to indepth and too technical for a beginner. This is more for an advanced yoga participant. I couldnt' get through the first 2 pages without yawning.
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Annie Besant was an early feminist, a theosophist and colleague of Helen Blavatsky, a socialist, a supporter of Indian self-rule, and a proponent of yoga and the Vedas. This short book is quite literally an introduction to the science of yoga, as she calls it, and if read carefully and slowly, it's extremely illuminating. I've been a student of yoga since the 70s. I was given a first edition of this book decades ago but read it through too rapidly, not really absorbing much at the time. This Kindle edition, for all its typos, gave me a better grasp of what Besant is trying to explain in generally simple terms, although she is guilty of intellectual and mystical obscurity at times.

There are thousands of books about Yoga out there and you could spend your entire life and a dozen or so reincarnations reading them all. But if you give this one your full attention, you'll soon grasp what it's all about. And then you can determine whether you want to learn more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia mq on November 27, 2012
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A very basic overview of yoga. I was looking for something more thorough. But it was free, so why complain...
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By Charlie bit my finger on July 10, 2014
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do you know this is the introduction and not the story to long It dose not teach me a thing man stupid really I am
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