HEALTH / YOGA “A profound and lucid study of yoga in the deeper sense of the term, covering both practice and philosophy. Foundations of Yoga is an important book for those who are interested in how Hatha Yoga relates to the greater transformation of body, mind, and heart.”--(David Frawley, author of _Yoga & Ayurveda_ and founder of the American Institute for Vedic Studies) _Foundations of Yoga_ presents the full and rigorous yogic training of traditional Hatha Yoga as taught by renowned Indian Yoga master the late Sri Shyam Sundar Goswami. Written by his disciple and spiritual heir, the book emphasizes metaphysical, spiritual, and psychological cultivation in addition to physical practice. It offers Yoga practitioners and teachers a way to enrich and advance their physical Yoga practice through a deeper understanding of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality centered on Vedic and Tantric principles. Woven together with stories from Sri Shyam Sundar Goswami’s life, the book explains _pratyahara_ (control of the senses), _charana_ (yogic bodybuilding), mental concentration exercises, and the energy-focusing and purifying muscular-control movements known as mudras, including the metabolism-boosting _mahamudra_ and advanced pelvic mudras and sexual practices to transcend the ego. The book explores methods of internal purification such as _dhauti_ (cleansing of the stomach with air or water), _vasti_ (intestinal cleansing), _neti_ (nasal cleansing), _trataka_ (visual concentration exercises), and _kapalabhati_ (diaphragmatic hyperventilation) and shows how these purifications are necessary before beginning the advanced breathing practices of _pranayama_ to eradicate deep internal impurities and strengthen the immune system. Exploring the philosophy of Yoga, the book shares meditative exercises for introspection, expanding consciousness, and seeking your true divine nature. As the teachings and life of Sri S. S. Goswami show, by strengthening the body, vital force, and mind, one can master all three for a long, healthy, harmonious life. BASILE P. CATOMÉRIS is the disciple and spiritual heir of Sri Shyam Sundar Goswami. Devoting his life to the study and practice of yogic traditions, he studied under Sri S. S. Goswami from 1956 until Goswami’s death in 1978, whereupon he took over Sri S. S. Goswami’s teaching duties at the Goswami Yoga Institute in Sweden. In December 1983, he was granted yogic final initiation (_brahma mantra diksha_) by Ma Santi Dei, Sri Goswami’s “spiritual mother.” He lives in southern France.
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