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Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language : Symbols, Secrets, and Metaphor (original 1987; edition 1996)

by Swami Sivananda Radha

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Title:Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language : Symbols, Secrets, and Metaphor
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Swami Sivananda Radha explains the broader nature and purpose of yoga asanas. Each posture is like a symbolic gesture that creates a specific effect on the mind and invites reflection on a psychological or spiritual quality. Working with metaphor, symbolism, imagery, and visualisation, Swami Radha explores twenty-two of the most common asanas and guides the student to discover their inner meaning and gain a deeper appreciation of the power of yoga as a tool for self-transformation.
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Swami Sivananda Radha explains the broader nature and purpose of yoga asanas. Each posture is like a symbolic gesture that creates a specific effect on the mind and invites reflection on a psychological or spiritual quality. Working with metaphor, symbolism, imagery, and visualisation, Swami Radha explores twenty-two of the most common asanas and guides the student to discover their inner meaning and gain a deeper appreciation of the power of yoga as a tool for self-transformation.
  Saraswati_Library | Nov 12, 2008 |
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Among all the systems of physical exercises,Hatha Yoga,practiced and prescribed by the ancient Rishis and sages stands unrivaled and unique.It is the most perfect system.Brain,muscles,nerves,organs, tissues are toned and energized. All chronic diseases are rooted out.It deals with Shat Karmas, Asanas, Pranayamas, Mudras, and exercises on concentration and meditation. Asanas pertain to the physical body.they render the body firm and steady and eradicate physical ailments. Bandhas pertain to the prana. They bind and unite the Prana and the Apana and send the united Prana-Apana along the Sushuma Nadi. Mudras concern the mind.They represent seals.They seal the mind with the soul of the Atman.They do not allow the mind to wander outside towards objects.They direct the externalizing mind towards the Atman in the chambers of the heart and fix it there.A combination of all these exercises is needed to have the maximum results.
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In Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, Swami Radha explains the broader nature and purpose of the yoga asanas. Using 22 classical postures, she delves into symbolism and metaphor to show how each posture is like a symbolic gesture that creates a specific effect on the mind. She invites yoga students and teachers to use reflection and visualization in their own practice to discover the psychological and mystical benefits of Hatha Yoga and gain a deep appreciation of the power of yoga as a tool for self-transformation.

For instruction in this type of yoga, also available are audiocassettes: Introduction to Hidden Language and in the Hidden Language Series: Eagle & Cock, Mountain & Headstand, Shavasana, Tortoise & Fish, Triangle & Shoulderstand.

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In this book, you will learn a practical approach to the classical Hatha Yoga postures that links the physical body with the mind and spirit. Through questions and written reflections, the deeper meanings of the Hatha Yoga asanas are revealed. Providing symbolic and mythological context for each asana, the Hidden Language method encourages you to take Hatha Yoga beyond the physical.… (more)

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