Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living, Volume 2 Paperback – Dec 1 2010
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Yogani is the author of the Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) system, including more than a dozen Instructional Titles available in Paperback, Kindle eBook and AudioBook editions, covering all aspects of Full-Scope Yoga Practice. Since 1970, he has crossed the lines between many traditions, developing an effective integration of methods including Deep Meditation, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Self-Inquiry, and more. It is a flexible, scientific approach rather than a rigid, arbitrary one, and open to public scrutiny, as all spiritual knowledge should be nowadays. He has no desire for guru status - only to have the joy of making a small contribution to helping the disciplines of spiritual practice become open to everyone. He wishes to remain anonymous, preserving a quiet life in practices. AYP is not about the author. It is about all who long for knowledge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The lessons in this book have literally changed my life. It has brought me an abiding peace that is present regardless of what may be going on in my life. It is true freedom. For the first time on my spiritual path I have actually gotten a taste of the divine, of the happiness and bliss that comes with experiencing the inner silence that is in each one of us. And this book (along with Vol 1) was my instruction manual for how to get there.
For anyone who wants to experience increasing peace, happiness, patience, love in your life, this book can show you the way. Sound too good to be true? I can tell you from direct experience that this book delivers on everything it promises.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in true spiritual transformation.
Yogani has 2 volumes of "Easy Lessons For Ecstatic Living" books available. The first one is a book providing instruction in the core yoga techniques that can be used to bring the body/mind to a state of readiness for higher spiritual techniques. These include deep meditation, spinal breathing pranayama, asanas, mudras, bandhas, tantric sexual methods, samyama and others.
The second volume covers:
1) Many techniques to use the stillness cultivated through the basic yoga techniques in prayer, self inquiry, and other practical applications.
2) Many other enhancements to make the basic techniques taught in the first volume more effective.
3) Volume 2 also expands and gives details on the shatkarma techniques that were only introduced in the first volume.
4) Additional explanations on physical and psychological experiences that are brought on by an active kundalini, and how to manage them. The functions of soma, amrita and ojas are explained
5) The various stages of the mind and how and when to engage in self inquiry
I would highly recommend getting this book if you want to develop the advanced stages of spiritual development. The two AYP Volumes cover a lot of information that you may finally have to buy many books to get, and in some cases not find anywhere else in writing.
Initially I thought the first volume would be more than enough for a beginner to work through before taking up any more. That was proven wrong as soon as reading the first few lessons here. They contain numerous practices and enhancements, many of which can be taken up very soon (ex. cosmic samyama, solar centering, spinal breathing enhancements, relational self-inquiry, etc.) if not immediately after starting out, without necessarily lengthening the time commitment overall.
The principle that is also elegantly illustrated with this latest edition is that the basic tools provided to the practitioner can, over time and with experience, uncover inner resources that help guide even the practice itself to deeper levels of refinement, and not just progress on the path. The author in effect shows here how this is done, by adding to the existing volume 1 baseline from his own vast experience and through the accumulating experiences of long-time practitioners of AYP.
These are some of the insights that can be expected, and that do become more evident, from AYP Volume 2, coming from such an organic, collaborative system, that on the one hand "stands on the shoulder of giants" of yoga, tantra, and nonduality, and on the other strives forward for the benefit of all.
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