The eleven chapters in this book are arranged thematically to reflect important practices of yoga (e.g. posture, breath control, meditation) and the results of these practices (e.g. yogic powers, liberation). Still other chapters provide additional context for practice and its results (e.g. definitions of yoga, preliminaries, theories of the yogic body). A short introduction to each chapter provides an overview of the translated material and some historical contextualization.
The translations themselves are arranged in two different ways: in chapters which deal with relatively cohesive and well-defined topics (e.g. chapter three on posture, chapter five on yogic seals, chapter seven on mantra, and chapter nine on yogic powers) the selections progress in chronological order from beginning to end. In other cases, where the topic is broader or more disparate (e.g.), we have further divided the chapter into thematic sections, which are then in turn arranged chronologically.
A glossary of technical terms, a descriptive, historical chronology of the texts, and a detailed index provide further tools for navigating the material.
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“Both Drs. James Mallinson and Mark Singleton are two leading Yoga researchers. In this momentous volume they have combined their expertise and scholarly talents to investigate this rich tradition. We can expect original ideas and substantial insights that will significantly advance this field of knowledge. I am very excited about this collaboration and have the highest expectations.”—Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D. Director of Research and Education – Traditional Yoga Studies. Author of Dictionary of Yoga and Tantra, The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation, The Yoga Tradition.
Published January 2017 by Penguin Classics.