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Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice Paperback – January 2, 2007
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"Yoga Beyond Belief will strike a chord with anyone seeking a new level of awakening and freedom in yoga and in their lives. This book offers a flexible and modern perspective that is needed more than ever to meet and live in these times of accelerating change." —Sting, from the Foreword
“This is a rich, wide-ranging work of great sensitivity and eloquence, a guided journey through the world of yoga by a master whose wisdom is matched by his humility—a rare and precious commodity in the modern yoga scene of massive egos, glitz, and hype.” —David Gordon White, PhD, author of Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts and professor of Hinduism, UCSB
“In Yoga Beyond Belief, Ganga has done an outstanding job.... This is the clear voice of a modern yogi. Ganga is living proof that the real tradition of yoga is still very much alive and well.” —Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
“Yoga Beyond Belief weaves together science, spiritual inquiry, personal stories, and yoga practices into a tapestry that will serve students of self-discovery in navigating their own unique path.” —Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ®
“Ganga is the spearhead of a revolutionary evolution in the field of yoga. His endeavor has been: How to retain the old form and put new spirit into it? It also implies: How not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.” —Swami Venkatesa
“This book can make yoga meaningful to people who never imagined it. It is a tour de force of deconstructing tradition and making yoga a powerful, exploratory vehicle for modern times.” —Joel Kramer, author of The Guru Papers and A Passionate Mind
About the Author
Ganga White introduced Flow Yoga in the 1970’s and it is now one of the most popular forms practiced around the world. In 1980, his text Double Yoga introduced his innovation of partner yoga, now practiced worldwide. With his wife, Tracey Rich, he co-created Total Yoga–The Flow Series videos, which are international #1 best sellers with sales of over 1.8 million copies.
White brings a broad, modern perspective to the teachings of yoga. Although he is extensively trained in traditional yoga and has a Sanskrit name and titles, White is an evolutionary and critical thinker who shows his students how to grow beyond tradition into their own freedom and understanding making their yoga, practice, and their spirituality uniquely their own. He and his wife currently direct the renowned White Lotus Foundation and lecture and teach internationally.
Foreword by Sting:
World renowned musician Sting has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, rely on yoga to help maintain their well-being and the high energy pace of their lives. Along with Trudie and a Brazilian Indian, Sting started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests. He lives in England.
Top Customer Reviews
I have also been doing Qigong for about 18 months and was wondering if yoga operated on energy flow also. It seemed reasonable to assume it would but I could not figure out how to draw upon and utilize it. I was also wondering how I could develop a personalized yoga practice..one that would meet my unique needs (senior citizen with Pulmonary Fibrosis). This book addressed both of my personal questions.
Mr. White explained yoga from a totally unique and personal perspective. As he did so, I suddenly understood that yoga 'flow' sequences promote the flow of prana (qi) through the body. I also began to understand how to gradually develop my own program. When about 1/2 through the book, I decided to experiment. I simply stood up. Naturally, as usual, I was stiff from sitting and reading. I did a forward bend only till my hands touched my knees and then did a jacknife with my hands on my knees. I repeated a flow between these two asanas until my muscles were no longer stiff. Then I began doing the 1/2 sun salutation until this was easy. I continued 'developing' the remainder of sun salutation A until each portion felt good. Then I stopped. I felt wonderful. The whole program had taken about 15 minutes.Read more ›
This timely book addresses many parts of the yoga journey that modern classes tend to overlook - spirituality, the chakras, history, branches of yoga, and more. A valuable section on injuries is worth the price of the book alone. White shares his own personal story of his serious back injury and how he was able to deal without resorting to surgery or drugs.
Readers will appreciate White's candid and sincere insights. After reading this book, I felt I was re-energized and more inquisitive about my own practice. If that was White's intent, he succeeded with me.
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For yoga instructors and other enthusiasts, this is a refreshing way to look at the ways yoga practice can enhance your life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by knittin' fool
I have read this book from cover to cover at least five times. I have given it as a gift to a few people in my life. I own and have read many books about Yoga. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bob Smith
It's precisely what i needed it. A lot to know about yoga! Now i know what yoga actually can do to you.Published 17 months ago by sofia ali