I first picked up Kundalini Yoga for the West before teaching a yoga class at a Rad'a studio in Montreal. Opening the book's back jacket, I found the author staring expressively at me in sepia-tones. It appeared even from that photo that Swami Sivananda Radha -- the woman that inspired the studio I was sitting in, ascent, (Canada's only yoga magazine), and the Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia - had a great deal to teach me about the Light. Light made an aura out of her white hair. Light bathed her cheeks raised by a smile. Light sparked in her dark intelligent eyes. Who better to learn about the Light then from someone that aspired passionately for in her own life? After reading his book I believe that taken to action, Swami Radha's teachings on Kundalini have the power to lead me toward greater awareness, increased self-knowledge, clearer perception, and my highest potential. She offers a practical manual filled with advice, explanations, exercises, psychology, philosophy and a down-to-earth approach to spirituality that goes beyond the mechanics. "The natural life rhythm [of our lives]," she writes, "simply cannot absorb the impact of news, television and urban living, combined with the many power struggles that are outside the domain of an individual's control." Swami Radha offers an alternative to submitting those aspects of life that drive us away from my inner being. She reminds me that we are on this planet ultimately to evolve -- not through technology, modern conceptions of progress or material acquisition but though expanding and refining our consciousness. She puts it wisely; "Evolution for humans must now refer to the evolution of consciousness, and Kundalini offers a blueprint of that vast mine to be tapped." With pictures and poetry, familiar language and great wisdom, Swami Radha demystified the esoteric practice of Kundalin for me. In the end this book a pleasure to read and even more of a pleasure to put into practice!