by Alanna Kaivalya; Arjuna Van der Kooij; Shiva Rea eBook : Document
Stories from Hinduism   (2012-07-11)
The stories and Sanskrit names of asanas used in this book are essentially from Hinduism. Yet the authors and those who have written recommendations in this book have done so without using the word Hinduism. This has been a trend in the West for some time, but it does not change the fact that Yoga came from Hinduism. The genuine traditions have no reservations or fear in stating that Yoga is for everyone, but it is deeply rooted in Hinduism.
The stories are essentially Hindu, the tales Hindu children grow up with. But for yoga practitioners who have not heard these stories or known that the asanas are not just a physical culture/exercises as practiced in many places in the West, this book will be an eye-opener. The information in the book has a lot of value for such beginners.
For those who want to go deeper into Yoga, there are many original works and translations available from many authentic traditions. These are written by Yoga masters, Gurus and Swamis, and available in selected book stores and University libraries. To name a few, Swami Sivananda Radha, Swami Lalithananda, Swami Rama, Swami Veda Bharathi, Swami Kuvalayananda, Swami Vishnudevananda are masters who have a lot to offer.
Until one is ready for the study of Yoga in the higher levels, stories from Hindu scriptures will immerse the practitioner in Yoga science and philosophy. The book is well-written in an entertaining way, using selected versions of stories.
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