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Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, Symbols, Secrets & Metaphors [Paperback]

Swami Sivananda Radha
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May 30 2006
Long considered essential reading for Hatha Yoga students and teachers, the revised 20th anniversary edition of Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language presents 22 classical Hatha asanas with in-depth investigations into their symbolic natures. Swami Sivananda Radha explores the mythological meaning of each posture as she encourages the hatha yogi to stretch beyond the physical. Building on the classical foundations of an ancient tradition, Swami Radha brilliantly synthesizes the ancient wisdom of yoga with an understanding of psychological and spiritual facets of contemporary life. With this approach, one can penetrate the mystical messages of the asanas so that the body is truly understood as a spiritual tool. It was twenty years ago when Swami Radha first introduced the transformational Hidden Language method to students interested in going deeper with their practice. Now, with expanded instructions on how to incorporate the Hidden Language method into a personal practice, beautiful photographs by Derek Shapton and an introduction by ascent columnist, Swami Lalitananda, the 20th anniversary edition of HLHY is essential reading for the serious student of yoga.

"This book contains the insights of an extraordinary woman who dared to look deeper into the practice of asana to experience wholeness, which is the essence of yoga." – Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga method

"Swami Radha's book has been on my bookshelf since it was first published. The language of yoga, as spoken by Swami Radha, speaks to my heart." – Amy Weintraub author and yoga teacher


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Swami Sivananda Radha (1911 – 1995) is the author of ten classic books on yoga, including Kundalini Yoga for the West and Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, and the originator of Ascent magazine. After being initiated by her teacher, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, Swami Radha returned to North America in 1956. She founded Yasodhara Ashram in Canada and the Association for the Development of Human Potential in the United States. Swami Radha dedicated her life to updating the Eastern teachings for the Western mind. By the time of her death at age 84, she had become one of the West’s most highly regarded spiritual teachers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic gift of wisdom and of knowledge. Feb. 14 1999
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This work by Swami Sivananda Radha brings the meaning of yoga to life. She points the way, through questioning and through thought provoking concepts. As she explains the ancient asanas she provides us with a key as to how best to know and understand the messages and the secrets that are locked in our bodies. It is a powerful work, as through her sharing of her knowledge and her experiences she encourages the readers to practice and to experience for themselves. It is through our own inner knowing that the Teachings are alive.Through our listening and living the language of the symbols and the metaphores in our daily experiences that we connect with our own power and our own connection with the Divine. It is a living gift, an opportunity that is to be valued and cherished as you value and cherish your own daily living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique body symbolism yoga Aug. 11 2006
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I picked up the older version of this book a year ago and was fascinated. Each chapter of this book is devoted to symbolic reflections of a given asana by Swami Radha, founder of Hidden Language Hatha Yoga. The new edition includes all the profound potential the old edition has, with a more updated look and accessible layout. The potential for reflecting on my life through the physical experience I have doing Hatha Yoga is something I've found in no other kind of Yoga. An invalueble book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Hidden Language Hatha Yoga book and practice open doors in my mind and heart. This book has expanded my narrow view of hatha yoga and unlocked deeper meaning of the asanas that I can use practically in everyday life. Swami Radha generously shares wealthy knowledge with the reader in this classic text on Hatha Yoga.

Expand your practice, expand your mind!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deeper understanding of an ancient practice. March 24 2014
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Originally this book was a recommendation on my Yoga Teacher Training reading list- but the beautiful descriptions written within are TRULY insightful and uplifting. I am in glorious awe of this book. Well worth the investment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refresh Mind Body abd Spirit Aug. 11 2006
By utpala
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-A fresh look at an inspiring approiach to yoga. It expands wellness and wholenessthat is inherent in practice. This book is definitely user -body, mind, and soul - friendly
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