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Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga Paperback – April 11, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (April 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625558
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Any student of Yoga will want to know more about not only the practices of Yoga but also its history and spirituality. One of the best places to turn is to Georg Feuerstein's acclaimed Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga. With more than 100 illustrations (such as the many asana postures and chakra centers) and entries on everything from the Bhagavad Gita to Swami Vivekananda and from the Aryan invasion theory to biofeedback, you can't go wrong. Extensive cross-references also facilitate searches for both English and Sanskrit versions of terms. The Shambhala Encyclopedia is a complete yet concise guide to the galaxy of Yoga. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Many books have been written on Yoga, but Feuerstein's is perhaps the best ever published."—Choice

"Sound, discerning, and endlessly useful. No serious student of Yoga—the most protracted human effort to explore the limits of consciousness—can afford to be without it. A splendid introduction positions the subject lucidly in the global history of the human spirit."—Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions



"All Westerners interested in Eastern philosophy and religion will soon wonder how they ever did without this volume at their side."—Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy

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Dr. Georg Feuerstein (born 1947) is a German-Canadian Indologist. Feuerstein has authored over 45 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism and Buddhism.

Dr. Feuerstein offers distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy and history through Traditional Yoga Studies at http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book stands alone in English. There is simply nothing else like it. Feuerstein is the leading academic expert on yoga in the United States while Shambhala is the leading publisher of books on yoga, so it is not surprising that this is clearly a superior work that fills a void. As such it is a boon to scholars and practitioners alike.

It is also very well cross-referenced so that a reader may, by following the starred words, begin or expand his own study of yoga. There is a guide to pronunciation of the Sanskrit words, numerous bits of black and white artwork and photos, and an engaging and informative introduction by Feuerstein. This handsome book has all those words that you won't find in even an unabridged English dictionary, defined and given their expression in an historical and spiritual context. Anyone with more than a passing interest in yoga will find this book invaluable.

I should add that this is a revised and greatly expanded edition of Dr. Feuerstein's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga (1990), and that it dwarfs both Ernest Wood's Yoga Wisdom (1970) and Harvey Day's Yoga Illustrated Dictionary (1971), which I have enjoyed, but which are also very much out of date.

For Dr. Feuerstein's revision (due circa 2010, I would imagine) perhaps some entries on Westerners (and contemporaries) who have contributed to the study and practice of yoga would be appropriate, including, e.g., Theos Bernard (I was pleased to see eleven photos herein of Bernard demonstrating asana), Richard Hittleman, B.K.S. Iyengar, Swami Vishnudevananda, and others.

Bottom line: this is an up to date, thorough, and lively work of reference without peer.

--Dennis Littrell, author of "Yoga: Sacred and Profane (Beyond Hatha Yoga)"
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Butera on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a yoga writer, teacher and PhD, I still use this Dr. Feuerstein's Encyclopedia of Yoga daily as I study yoga. The precise explanations help me understand the subtle points of yoga. The references to other Sanskrit terms is invaluable. This book is worth it, especially to help when reading other texts. I write this as a thanks for this great book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
An invaluable resource book for all lovers of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and human potential. Dispels many common misconceptions about yoga and reveals its true message. A great buy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Shambala Encyclopedia of Yoga contains more than 2380 terms associated with Yoga, terms spanning millenia of Yoga history right from the Vedas till the modern age. No serious student of Yoga can afford not to have this book.
One can savour the online version of this encyclopedia at Georg Feuerstein's website Traditional Yoga Studies (web address: [...] Each term of this encyclopedia contains a wealth of information on Yoga.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gauri-Pahari Das on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Yoga is about so much more than excersize. To the man down there with his sad review, Yoga means to YOKE to be in union with GOD. The asanas were brought to the West and now it is just an exercise routine to you and millions of others. Asana means simple this - SEAT. Seat to meditate with God. How dare you call people who may not do 500 asana a day "armchair yogis". That is highly offensive! I suggest you do your research SIR before you go babbling bad reviews, as this author is one of the most sought after yoga and related topics authors! Yoga is about much more than Patanjali's methods of stretching to prepare yogis for meditation. Which apparently you dont do, its obvious.. so you will NEVER recieve the true benefits. Youre just going thru the motions if you are only doing asana for exercise or you think its cool. You will not gain anything but a nicer looking body. And if thats all youre looking for I suggest you go to your local gym and do pilates or lift some weights. Or perhaps you may find a Guru who will teach you the tru meaning of Yoga, which I hope you do. Learn some humility!

--Chizzle's wife

Shishya Gauri-Pahari Sitaya Das
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dixon on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book makes learning about yoga (with all those sanscrit words) so much easier to understand.
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