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The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman's Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras Paperback – March 20, 2007
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“A dynamic new interpretation . . . that will make this wonderful ancient teaching accessible to modern readers and useful in their daily life.”
—David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri), author of Yoga and Ayurveda
“Truly life changing. A book to be read again and again.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., author of A Year of Living Your Yoga
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Translations of these sutras have been done by males over the years and although there are some wonderful books on the subject (Iyengar's "Light On the Yoga Sutras" for one), I have found these books to be rather dry. Well known yoga instructor, Nischala Joy Devi has written an entirely new and feminine perspective on these ancient proverbs. Devi writes in an almost poetic manner and substitutes words that are 'negative' with a more heart centered counterpart. For example, for Aparigraha which is often translated as non-greed, Devi uses "awareness of abundance". This is a very nurturing viewpoint that makes the sutras "friendlier" and more easier to relate to. Meditations and practices are sprinkled throughout to help intergrate the vibe of the sutras into your heart.
She covers books one and two of the sutras and did a brief scan of book three. I am somewhat hopeful that she is intending on covering books three and four (she didn't mention book four at all) in a further volume, but until then, this is enough food for thought for now.
Devi also omits roughly half the sutras. So basically we have here an inaccurate, incomplete version of the yoga sutras. That's not a translation.
Her justification for the book is the claim that her female students didn't connect with the sutras as they have been translated by others (we'll just assume most of those translations have been made my men, since most published translations are). So she "translated" the Sutras to make it a "feel-good" book for women. Does this strike anyone as insulting? It's a sad irony that a feminine perspective of the sutras sacrifices exactness for good feeling, taking away the power from the reader.
It's not that the book is bad - the core of the sutras are present. What's not present is Patanjali's words as he wrote it.
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The very best translation of the Yoga Sutras. The author really dissects the true meaning and puts the lessons into perspective of every day life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Summer Zaffino
If you truly want to understand the practice, science and spirituality of yoga, I can't imagine a better book, especially for women. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hillary A. Dobbs
excellent book on yoga for women which I am reading slowly as it is like a rich dessert.Published 3 months ago by Wynne C. Dimock
I love, love, love this book. It reads like lyrics to a song and helps you to remember the Sutras in a much more applicable way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eileen Herceg-Brown
This book was recommended during a yoga retreat I went to. I quickly purchased this book when I got home and have not been sorry. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lorena Narruhn