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The Tibetan Book of Yoga: Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
Yoga came to Tibet from India more than a thousand years ago, and it was quickly absorbed into the culture's rich traditions. In this small book readers will discover Heart Yoga, which developed over the centuries in the Gelukpa tradition of the Dalai Lamas. The program presented here combines popular yoga exercises wtih special Tibetan poses, and methods of working from the inside to give a healthy and a happy heart. Roach discovered a number of previously unknown Tibetan works on yoga in the course of his ongoing efforts to find and preserve ancient Tibetan Buddhist texts. He discusses the ideas and insights presented in these texts and places them within the context of the Buddhist tradition. To help readers incorporate this ancient wisdom in their daily lives, he provides a specific regime of yoga postures and meditations. Combining instructive illustrations with the unique philosophical underpinnings of the Buddhist approach, Geshe Roach has created a unique program for yoga on a physical and spiritual level.From the Hardcover edition.read more
Very easy to understand, especially if you're a beginner in any type of yoga. Three and a half out of five.read more
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In a slender, accessible volume, Roach (The Diamond Cutter), a Tibetan-trained American Buddhist monk, advocates Heart Yoga, which "works on your heart in two ways: It makes your physical heart and your body healthy and strong, and it opens your heart to love others." Roach lays a philosophical foundation for the various poses of Heart Yoga before describing the poses themselves. He identifies what he calls a human's "Five Levels," which are like interdependent layers of an onion, beginning with one's external organs and moving progressively inward and incorporating breath, thoughts and, at the very center, "world-seeds": the condition of one's mind that colors how phenomena are experienced-whether one feels a rainy day is lovely or dreary, for example. By sowing positive world-seeds through Heart Yoga and other practices, a person can effect powerful inner change. Roach next describes the various poses of Heart Yoga in brief chapters, giving detailed instructions for doing the exercises, followed by explanations of how the poses work on the Five Levels and why. Roach handles his subject with a light, even inspiring touch. The instructions are detailed enough to practice but are not needlessly complex, and the explanations of key concepts-such as "Giving and Taking" (taking someone's pain upon oneself and radiating peace in return)-are inviting rather than dogmatic. Those new to yoga, as well as those looking to supplement their established yoga practice, will find this primer both helpful and lucid. (Feb. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved