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An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

An Annotated Translation of the Yoga Sutras, 1st Edition

By Ashok Kumar Malhotra


120 pages

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With its promise of personal improvement, physical well-being and spiritual enrichment, yoga is enjoying a resurgence in popularity at the turn of the third millennium. To unravel the mystery of the discipline, its philosophies and relevance in contemporary life, the original text of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali must be explored. This book offers the first accessible translation and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. An introductory section examines the multidimensional aspects of yoga as philosophy, psychology, science, and religion, as well as exploring popular versions of yoga in the West. The core of the book offers a new translation of the entire text of the Yoga Sutras, in a language that is clear and comprehensible to students. Commentaries are presented to highlight the meaning of various statements (sutras) and key themes are outlined via sectional summaries. A full glossary of key words and names is also provided. Concluding chapters look at yoga in contemporary life, revealing the popularity of yoga in the 21st century through Star Wars, and exploring yoga's connection to health and science, contrasting yoga's holistic view of healing with that of the limited view of present day medical science. Sample physical, breathing and meditation exercises are provided. An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy offers a comprehensive introduction to the Yoga Sutras text of Patanjali to all students and interested readers of Indian philosophy and religion, world religions, east-west psychology, and mysticism.


'… this book already does widen the usual presentations of yoga. Malhotra's translation of Patanjali's aphorisms […] seems in line with current scholarly translations and is eminently readable… Particularly enjoyable and well suited to the rising metaphor paradigm is the comparison of Star Wars and Yoga.' Australian Religion Studies Review 'Students of Philosophy will appreciate the clear analytical style of the book that I found easy to reference even weeks after my initial reading. Students of Yoga and the casual reader will enjoy the lucid explanation of the Sutras and the ideas surrounding them. Of special interest is the easy to follow section on the practical aspects of Yoga that includes the author in several different postures via black and white photographs.' Academia

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The multidimensionality of Yoga: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding Yoga; Yoga as philosophy; Yoga as science; Yoga as psychology; The varieties of Yoga in the West; Patanjali: founder of the Yoga system; The four pillars of the Yoga Sutras; A new rendition of the Yoga sutras with commentary: Samadhipada: total mental stillness or tranquillity as the goal of Yoga; Sadhanapada: the method of Yoga; Vibhutipada: accomplishments of Yoga; Kaivalyapada: total liberation or salvation as the final goal; Yoga and Health: Yoga and healing: the medical connection; Practical aspects of Yoga; Yoga and Yoda: The Star Wars connection; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

Ashgate World Philosophies Series

Ashgate World Philosophies Series
The Ashgate World Philosophies series responds to the remarkable growth of interest among English-language readers in recent years in philosophical traditions outside those of 'the West'. The traditions of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese thought, as well as those of the Islamic world, Latin America, Africa, Aboriginal Australian, Pacific and American Indian peoples, are all attracting lively attention from professional philosophers and students alike, and this Ashgate series provides introductions to these traditions as well as in-depth research into central issues and themes within those traditions. The series is particularly designed for readers whose interests are not adequately addressed by general surveys of 'World Philosophy', and it includes accessible, yet research-led, texts for wider readership and upper-level student use, as well as research monographs. The series embraces a wide variety of titles ranging from introductions on particular world philosophies and informed surveys of the philosophical contributions of geographical regions, to in-depth discussion of a theme, topic, problem or movement and critical appraisals of individual thinkers or schools of thinkers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General