The Art and Science of Raja Yoga is the second part of the Ananda Course in Self-Realization, which is a complete, practical training program in the path of Kriya Yoga, meditation, the fundamentals of the spiritual path, health and vitality, and affirmations, based on the teachings of Paramhansa (Paramahansa) Yogananda.
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga contains fourteen lessons in which the original yoga science emerges in all its glory—a proven system for realizing one's spiritual destiny. Raja Yoga, "royal" yoga, is a balanced and complete approach to yogic teachings.
Absolutely unique, this is the most comprehensive course available on yoga and meditation today. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga can be used both by beginning and long-time practitioners of yoga. This course offers techniques of the path of Kriya Yoga as taught by Lahiri Mahasaya through Paramhansa Yogananda.
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga gives you a complete and detailed presentation of yoga postures, yoga philosophy, affirmations, meditation instruction, and breathing techniques. There are suggestions for daily yoga routines, information of proper diet, recipes, and alternative healing techniques.
Also included is an audio CD that contains: a guided yoga postures sessions, a guided meditation, and an inspiring talk on how the reader can use these techniques to solve many of the problems of daily life.
Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.75
Details: Hardcover, 471 pages
Author: Swami Kriyananda
"With yoga much in vogue these days, the prolific Walters, a longtime teacher and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and founder of Ananda Village, offers an ambitious package of instruction in the discipline. Intended as a 14-week home-study course, the book's 14 chapters cover teaching, postures and routines, meditation and breathing techniques, health and healing topics and diet. It's tough to do a good yoga book, because a number of variables have to converge: substantive integrity, clarity in how-to explanations and quality visuals.
"By those measures, this book succeeds. Walters'long teaching record shows his ability to discuss key yogic concepts and practices in simple terms. B&W photos illustrate form, and each explanation includes a helpful statement of the benefits of each pose. This comprehensive guide has an extra medium to distinguish it on the crowded yoga bookshelf: an accompanying audio CD that contains a vague lecture as well as more helpful sections of guided meditation and posture instruction. All things considered, it's superior to books that reduce yoga to a series of physical exercises taught by this year's guru."
"Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) was a close disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi. Each lesson contains sections on yoga philosophy, yoga postures, breathing, routines that present sequences of postures, healing, diet (including recipes!), and meditation. The guides to yoga postures include illustrations, specific tips and a variety of general advice, but above all, the book explores the whole yogic understanding of life. As Swami Kriyananda puts it, this "science of yoga was born in an age when mankind as a whole was more enlightened, and could easily grasp truths for which our most advanced thinkers are still grasping ...It is because the groping for these truths has begun again that great yogis have reintroduced this ancient science to humanity at large.
"Swami Kriyananda writes in a friendly, conversational style and includes anecdotes from his own training and practice. He also points out how the inner, holistic approach of yoga differs from modern western attitudes such as competitiveness, analysis, and unrestrained emotional expression (as opposed to sublimation). At the same time, he insists that yoga is a science in its own right that proves its fin
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