By Surendranath Dasgupta
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EPUB eISBN: 9780834825789
Authored by means of: Richard Rosen
Foreword through: Rodney Yee
Images by way of: Kim Fraley
Original ebook: 2002
Electronic e-book: 2012
For a number of thousand years, yogis have drawn at the robust perform of pranayama, a strategy of controlling the breath to maximise prana or lifestyles strength. Pranayama has been practiced to rejuvenate the physique and as a way of self-study and self-transformation. whereas such a lot yoga practitioners at the present time specialise in asanas, or physique postures, progressively more individuals are studying the complementary perform of pranayama to deepen and enhance their practice.
The Yoga of Breath is a consultant to studying the basics of pranayama and incorporating them into an latest yoga perform. Rosen's process is simple to persist with with step by step descriptions of breath and physique understanding routines observed through transparent illustrations. The e-book additionally covers the background and philosophy of pranayama, bargains important perform assistance, and teaches readers the best way to use props to reinforce the routines.
A number of the maximum writings of Sri Aurobindo are contained during this e-book. The essays accumulated right here shape the 3 smaller books titled THE HUMAN CYCLE, the suitable OF HUMAN harmony, and warfare AND SELF-DETERMINATION and are dated way back to 1915.
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Imagine the body of a man, sitting in padmasana (lotus position: legs crossed with ankles by hip creases), wearing a striped tunic, a mask, and a huge headdress in the shape of two large horns. The Pashupati seal was created in the Indus Valley in around 6500 BCE, a period known as the Pre-Vedic Age. The Pre-Vedic Age encompassed the time period before the written word (which meant that the only way to pass anything on was through symbols and oral recitation), before traditionally recognized religions such as Hinduism, and at a time in human history when we were connected (or united) with nature in a way that is now mostly foreign to us.
During the centuries that followed, known as the Brahmanical Age, priests (or brahmans) became the elite class. They became the primary advisers to the ruling class and used their rhetoric on religious teachings to encourage a very strict ritualistic approach towards governing. The performance of rituals and sacrifice was an exact science and taken to be literal. Only people of the brahman class could perform rituals or seek out the sacred texts. The brahmans systematized the Vedas. The rishis and sages no longer had large influence, but instead became part of the fringes of society – sannyasins (hermits) living in the forest.
By the Post-Classical Age (1300–1700), India had risen out of the Dark and Middle Ages and found herself flourishing again, in a way reminiscent of the Vedic Age. But then, with the invasion and colonization of India by the British in the early nineteenth century, yoga was once again asked to survive the challenge of change, and evolve. In the early years of British rule, yoga and the forms it took were greatly discouraged and looked down upon. In response, yoga went underground. This time its practitioners did not only go to the forests; they also found a way to keep the practice alive under the guise of entertainment.