This book, first published in 1935, is an early western study of the practice of yoga. It examines the theories of yoga, and attempts to understand and explain its philosophy and beliefs.
1. The Seven Sheaths of the Body 2. Mind and its Functions 3. Direct Effort and Attainment 4. Preliminary Applied Meditation 5. How to Harmonize the Bodies 6. Development of the Brain 7. The Care of the Four Bodies 8. Further Obstacles to be Avoided 9. Eight Subdivisions of Preliminary Yoga 10. God 11. Significance of OM 12. The Significance of Soul 13. Primordial Matter 14. Creation 15. The Four Bodies and Attainment of Freedom 16. The Innate Powers of the Soul 17. Desirable Food for the Attainment of Yoga 18. Conduct for Transcendental Success 19. Pranayama or Regulation of Breath 20. Easy Yogic Postures and Exercises 21. Master Key Over the Self 22. Mystery of Unique Meditation 23. Progress in Yoga 24. Final Emancipation
This nine-volume set reprints valuable early works introducing the philosophy and practices of Yoga to a Western audience, and provides key analysis by some of its leading practitioners. Indian, Taoist and Buddhist yogas are examined, and their relation to the West, including Christianity.