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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (Oct. 21 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007145160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007145164
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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“Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is the bible of yoga…”
Godfrey Devereux

“BKS Iyengar is renowned throughout the world… his inspired commentary on the ageless treatise by the ancient sage speaks to the soul of every dedicated yogi."
Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal

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A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by B. K. S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There was yoga before the time of Patanjali but it was not written down, or at least no text survives. We find elements of the practice in the Upanishads and of course in the Bhagavad Gita. But before Patanjali's codification there was no systematic text to guide the aspirant. Since then Patanjali's sutras have been translated into many languages along with commentary to elucidate the concise text, with Vyasa's commentary from the ninth century--upon which Iyengar makes some reliance--being the most important.
With the publication of this book a decade ago, B.K.S. Iyengar laid his claim to being one of the world's foremost experts not only on the practice of yoga--which he certainly is--but on its theory as well. Mark well that the bulk of what we call yoga stems from these pithy aphorisms first written down by the Indian sage Patanjali some eighteen hundred years ago.* One can see in this authoritative, comprehensive--indeed, nearly exhaustive--translation and commentary that Iyengar aspires to take his place among the great yogis of history.
For each of the 196 aphorisms (most texts have 195 omitting number 3.22 as superfluous, which Iyengar includes), Iyengar gives first the Sanskrit, then the Sanskrit in transliteration. Then he breaks down the expression into its individual words and gives an English translation of each word. Indeed he often gives several possible English equivalents for each Sanskrit word. Then he gives his English translation of the aphorism. In this way the reader can judge the fidelity of Iyengar's expression.
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Mr. Iyengar's translation and commentary on the Sutras is heavilly weighted and biased by his lifetime focus on hatha yoga. As a result, his commentary has neither the completenes of Satchidananda's "Yoga Sutras" nor the insightfulness of McAfee's "Beyond the Siddhis". But it does shed a different light on the sutras that can be appreciated by most of his yoga followers.
Barring his leaning toward arcane yogic language, the book is well written and easy to read. For completeness, all serious yogis should have a copy.
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In today's world, the main problem with acquiring the knowledge of a new subject is the lack of contact with a learned teacher. Between traveling, busy daily schedules or just living in a place where there is no access to a learning facility, it is very difficult to pursue the topic of interest. Where the subject of yoga is concerned, B.K.S. Iyengar, a master of yogic knowledge and methods of practice, helps the hopeful student transverse this barrier by bringing to the masses his knowledge and direction in a series of wonderful books. He further enables the aspirant to better practice the vidhya (science) by developing easy to learn techniques and availing props to help in the process of practicing the techniques.
This particular book, Light on the Yoga Sutras, is an in-depth exposition of the philosophy behind the science of Yoga. It provides the student with the original sutras (verses) as written by Patanjali, the Indian sage who compiled the knowledge of yoga into written form over 2,000 years ago. The book then offers a translation and explanation of these sutras, effectively filling in the gaps of knowledge left by the intensely compact form of the original sutras.
From all my research into the subject when I first wanted to learn more about yoga, I can definitely say that this is one of the best books on the subject I have ever come across. B.K.S Iyengar provided me with the guidance and knowledge I needed to confidently pursue the subject without becoming discouraged.
I would recommend B.K.S Iyengar's Light on Yoga in addition to this book, for where this book provides the theory; Light on Yoga provides the practical methodology.
It is essential to fully understand both the practical and the theory to fully reap the benefits of yoga.
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"Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by BKS Iyengar illuminates a mental approach toward yoga which, combined with the physical poses,has created a much more cohesive yoga experience for me. After almost a lifetime of yoga practice this text has brought together the emotional, physical and thinking parts of my intention, guiding me toward the concept of yoga as a way of life. Yoga as a way of thought. Yoga as a journey toward inner and outer personal discovery. Yoga as a valid and time proven art with which to joust, admire, enjoy life. Each sutra in this text is handled as a concept or goal within itself, yet at the same time, the book is pulled together to give the reader a sense of the web of yoga philosophy as a whole. Each sutra is concisely presented and its' interpretation is made very clear. Every time I open the BKS Iyengar "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" I discover new information I can use in my practice and in my life. I find this book offers comfort during times of anxiety because it shows that throughout all time...people of a culture and period so far removed from mine wondered the same things as I do...asked the same difficult things of themselves and of their world and endeavored to conquer the greatest obstacle we are all, sometimes confronted by. It is, ourselves
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