Archive for the ‘Yoga’ Category

The Unlikely Ideologies of Yoga

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Retention of bindu In its earliest formulations, hatHa was used to raise and conserve the physical essence of life, identified in men as bindu (semen), which is otherwise constantly dripping downward from a store in the head and being expended. (The female equivalent, mentioned only occasionally in our sources, is rajas, ...

The Older Yoga Mudras

Friday, December 19th, 2014

  The mudras (seals) of the Hathayogapradipika compiled by Svatmaraman about 1450 AD, are not original to that work, but are also to be found in the following works which predate the HYP. (A1) Amrtasiddhi – 11th C (D) Dattatreyayogasastra – 13th C (V) Vivekamartanda – 13th C (G) Goraksasataka – 13th C (K) Khecarividya – ...

The Yoga Asanas before the Modern Period

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  The history of the specifically postural yoga that is the root of the yogas that are practiced in the modern West is not well known. We know that most forms of current Western practice can be traced back to the teachers Vivekananda, Yogananda, Sivananda, Kuvalayananda, Hariharananda, Krishnamacharya, and a few ...

On the Question of Yoga as a Religious Practice

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

There is a question whether Yoga is necessarily a religion or whether it is possible to be a practitioner and remain, for example, a good Christian. Now, ‘Yoga’ is the name of a wide variety of beliefs and practices – we might compare it to the Dao of the classical ...

The Evolutes of Prakriti

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

In the course of researching the Samkhya cosmogony, I noticed that the diagrams indicate a great variety of interpretations. I thought it would be interesting to display them here.    

Yoga Links from ‘Sacred Texts’

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI by Charles Johnston [1912] THIS CONCISE WORK DESCRIBES AN EARLY STAGE IN THE PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTISE OF YOGA. Dating from about 150 B.C., the work shows dualist and Buddhist influences. Required reading if you are interested in Yoga or meditation. THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI ANOTHER TRANSLATION OF THIS ...