Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
B. K. S. Iyengar
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BKS Iyengar’s translation and commentary on these ancient yoga sutras has been described as the “bible” of yoga.
This edition contains an introduction by BKS Iyengar, as well as a foreword by Godfrey Devereux, author of Dynamic Yoga.
Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the world’s most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.
The Sutras are short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers.
The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.
The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.
The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.
“Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is the bible of yoga…”
“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
About the author
B.K.S. Iyengar is the world’s most revered living teacher of Yoga. He was the first person to bring Yoga to the West and his teaching has been hugely influential over the past three decades. He now lives and teaches in Pune, India.
I picked up this book after seeing it on my mother's coffee table.. She is a certified iyengar teacher so it's not very surprising Mr. Iyengar's books and related materials are all over her house. I decided to give it a read and after finding the concepts and ideas so fascinating I decided to write a paper on it for my religion class. I can say that 10 years later, I still look at this book as much as possible for perspective. It is not an easy read in that it feels very concentrated- I took many notes and did plenty of re-reading but the message and insight given throughout the book is priceless and I am always learning something new.. This book has helped me to be more at peace and I will continue to practice the methods that have worked so well for me since my first read. I feel more confident in my skin and see the world in a completely different light.. I have less fear yet I am more aware. Please give this a real try- if you are ready to enrich your life and well being you don't have to look further.
sidenote- I do not practice yoga. I do believe the integration of yoga and the adherence to the sutras is likely the best way to really get the most out of this book.. But it has helped me immensely to get through some trying times.
can”t open the book on my iMac because it “is corrupt”?????????
My copy “is corrupt” and can’t be opened!! arghh…It’s not the actual book but the fact that it can’t be opened and read