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The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-8170173892
ISBN-10: 8170173892
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About the Author

Dr. N. Sjoman, is a Sanskritist trained in traditional Sanskrit schools as well as in lUniversities in North America, Europe and India eventually taking a Vbidyvacaspati degree from Pune University. Initially he learned yoga from BKS Iyengar and continuyed as a student during an eighteen year sojourn in India. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Yoga from the Nippon Yoga Gakkei in 1982.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Abhinav Publications; 2 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8170173892
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170173892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace
Author: N. E. Sjoman
The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace has just come out in its second edition with some minor corrections and a new preface. It is an extraordinary book in the breadth of research that informs it. The book presents strikingly original conclusions on a subject where most insights have been doctored to fulfill the faith in its various forms or keep up with the advertising extravaganza.
The book traces not the history but the development of the yoga schools that have flowered with B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and T. Krishnamacariar. It goes back further into the history of yoga reclaiming the practise history as the main authority, as opposed to the academic history.
Sjoman examines the academic history from the point of view of the "practise history" which requires re-evaluating and reclaiming it from both Sanskrit commentators and Western academics. His interpretation of the sutra of Patanjali from the perspective of yoga practitioners is especially welcome.
This approach makes more sense than the academic interpretations. The story elaborated here is supplemented by philosophical and textual arguments by Indian scholars and pandits too often neglected in Western scholastics, and by unique insights into those traditions that could only be given by someone immersed in the tradition.
The history of the Mysore Palace School gives us an insight into how the yoga system which is foremost in the whole world today has come into being. The history reveals not just the "material moments" as such, but the ideas that were part of what went into the formation of modern yoga today.
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excellent historical account of yoga asanas. there is currently a debate in progress regarding the origin of yoga asanas / postures. While some feel they are only about 150- 200 yrs old others thing they are ancient. I think the jury is still out on that point. In any case the modern movement seems to have originated at the Mysore Palace.
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The Yoga tradition of the Mysore palace stands distinct in that it does not seem to be supported by any documented lineage of teachers or philosophical traditions. But it is an ancient tradition that has its roots from the times of sage Patajali (150 B.C.E?).

The great value of this book is that it includes an English translation of the Sritattvanidhi text from Mysore palace, with photographs of 121 asanas from the manuscript. It is attributed to Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1794-1868 A.D). The Maharaja authored about 60 artistic works, and the Wodeyar royal family has been patrons and participants of arts.

The author has included short sections on the Mysore palace gymnastics and wrestling traditions, with a few black and white illustrations and photographs in Appendices 7 and 8. Appendix 9 is an alphabetical list of the Sanskrit names of asanas from Sritattvanidhi, with their page numbers in this work. Many rare names are there. There is also a lengthy bibliography and an 8-page alphabetical Index of asanas.

The Introduction section candidly speaks of the author's background and philosophy of learning. He has intense training in the Mysore system and deep interest in spiritual disciplines.

Students interested in the asana traditions can greatly improve their understanding from this book.
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The book is an interesting read for those who like histories of asana (postural yoga) practices. My main quibble with the book is simply the format, which is not obvious from the Amazon product page. The entire book is 124 pages long, but the actual number of pages of text written by the author (minus illustrations, appendices, table of contents, indexes, bibliographies, and translation of the SRITATTVANIDHI text) is about 36. The various indexes and translations are, in themselves, interesting, but I'd actually like to read more historical discussion from the author.
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Poor quality binding. Pages feel like they will rip out. Not sure how much faith I'm puttng in this. I'm almost done. Will reasses when finished reading.
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