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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: APH Publishing Corp.; 1 edition (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855382253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855382251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is the bible of yoga!" Godfrey Devereux "BKS Iyengar is renowned throughout the world! his inspired commentary on the ageless treatise by the ancient sage speaks to the soul of every dedicated yogi." --Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal

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A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by B. K. S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West.

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B.K.S. Iyengar was born in India in 1918 and has been teaching yoga since of the age of 17. He has been one of the world's leading teachers of yoga for over 70 years and is internationally recognized as a leading authority of hatha yoga. His own style of teaching, "Iyengar Yoga", is followed by certified teachers across the world. Iyengar was the first person to teach yoga to large groups of students; he lays great emphasis on precision and alignment, a style that is faithfully followed by his students. He is also the only person to teach the highest aspects of yoga - Atma Darshan - through asanas. Through his work, Iyengar has established the relevance of yoga to the treatment and cure of many illnesses, and has received a Doctorate from the United Nations Charter for Peace. At the age of 90, Iyengar still practices and teaches yoga, and also travels the world teaching and lecturing.

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It even doesn't invite the reader to think for himself and to contemplate.
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Each time you read the book, you feel that you are peeling away one layer of meaning to discover another one.
Kiran Garimella
A must for any serious yoga practitioner who is serious enough to want to explore the basis for yoga practice.
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176 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
There was yoga before the time of Patanjali but it was not written down, or at least no text survives. We find elements of the practice in the Upanishads and of course in the Bhagavad Gita. But before Patanjali's codification there was no systematic text to guide the aspirant. Since then Patanjali's sutras have been translated into many languages along with commentary to elucidate the concise text, with Vyasa's commentary from the ninth century--upon which Iyengar makes some reliance--being the most important.

With the publication of this book a decade ago, B.K.S. Iyengar laid his claim to being one of the world's foremost experts not only on the practice of yoga--which he certainly is--but on its theory as well. Mark well that the bulk of what we call yoga stems from these pithy aphorisms first written down by the Indian sage Patanjali some eighteen hundred years ago.* One can see in this authoritative, comprehensive--indeed, nearly exhaustive--translation and commentary that Iyengar aspires to take his place among the great yogis of history.

For each of the 196 aphorisms (most texts have 195 omitting number 3.22 as superfluous, which Iyengar includes), Iyengar gives first the Sanskrit, then the Sanskrit in transliteration. Then he breaks down the expression into its individual words and gives an English translation of each word. Indeed he often gives several possible English equivalents for each Sanskrit word. Then he gives his English translation of the aphorism. In this way the reader can judge the fidelity of Iyengar's expression.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
"Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by BKS Iyengar illuminates a mental approach toward yoga which, combined with the physical poses,has created a much more cohesive yoga experience for me. After almost a lifetime of yoga practice this text has brought together the emotional, physical and thinking parts of my intention, guiding me toward the concept of yoga as a way of life. Yoga as a way of thought. Yoga as a journey toward inner and outer personal discovery. Yoga as a valid and time proven art with which to joust, admire, enjoy life. Each sutra in this text is handled as a concept or goal within itself, yet at the same time, the book is pulled together to give the reader a sense of the web of yoga philosophy as a whole. Each sutra is concisely presented and its' interpretation is made very clear. Every time I open the BKS Iyengar "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" I discover new information I can use in my practice and in my life. I find this book offers comfort during times of anxiety because it shows that throughout all time...people of a culture and period so far removed from mine wondered the same things as I do...asked the same difficult things of themselves and of their world and endeavored to conquer the greatest obstacle we are all, sometimes confronted by. It is, ourselves
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2002
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In today's world, the main problem with acquiring the knowledge of a new subject is the lack of contact with a learned teacher. Between traveling, busy daily schedules or just living in a place where there is no access to a learning facility, it is very difficult to pursue the topic of interest. Where the subject of yoga is concerned, B.K.S. Iyengar, a master of yogic knowledge and methods of practice, helps the hopeful student transverse this barrier by bringing to the masses his knowledge and direction in a series of wonderful books. He further enables the aspirant to better practice the vidhya (science) by developing easy to learn techniques and availing props to help in the process of practicing the techniques.
This particular book, Light on the Yoga Sutras, is an in-depth exposition of the philosophy behind the science of Yoga. It provides the student with the original sutras (verses) as written by Patanjali, the Indian sage who compiled the knowledge of yoga into written form over 2,000 years ago. The book then offers a translation and explanation of these sutras, effectively filling in the gaps of knowledge left by the intensely compact form of the original sutras.
From all my research into the subject when I first wanted to learn more about yoga, I can definitely say that this is one of the best books on the subject I have ever come across. B.K.S Iyengar provided me with the guidance and knowledge I needed to confidently pursue the subject without becoming discouraged.
I would recommend B.K.S Iyengar's Light on Yoga in addition to this book, for where this book provides the theory; Light on Yoga provides the practical methodology.
It is essential to fully understand both the practical and the theory to fully reap the benefits of yoga.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2000
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Yoga and meditation are brought forth by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras and most modern Yoga systems and teachings are based on what Patanjali wrote.BKS Iyengar has been practicing and teaching Yoga for more than 60 years, so it is only natural that he should give us his work on the Sutras.As all readers who really delve into this book will find, the sutras are very dynamic, their interpretations changeable, deeper and richer as the reader matures.This is the kind of book that never has to leave your side.You will be surprised how something that you've read again and again all of a sudden has new meaning and gives new perspective to your life and hopes.
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