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Yoga and Self-Enquiry

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

This practical guidebook is suitable for both beginners as well as more advanced practitioners of Yoga. PART 1 focuses on the teachings of Self-enquiry as presented by Śri Ramana Maharshi and other luminaries in the field of Advaita Vedānta. PART 2 summarizes the teachings of Yoga and details how a keen seeker can put into daily practice Patañjali’s eight limbs of yoga to achieve their ultimate aim: Kaivalya or final liberation. Providing much more than an introduction to Yoga and Vedānta, this book focuses on the higher-level teachings of these two spiritual practices, revealing their underlying unity and complementarity.
Reviews
Alan Goode, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher - Yoga Mandir, Australia

In an era in which yoga has become a consumer item Yoga and Self-Enquiry is a refreshing antidote. Lucy Johnson seeks to communicate yoga in the only way it can be known, experientially. The book provides a structure to examine, explore and integrate the principles that underpin yoga. It is at once educative and insightful for any serious student who wishes to look into themselves.

 

Christopher Stephens, Yoga Acharya and founder of Madhura Yoga, France

Here is a book that unveils the mysteries surrounding timeless philosophical truths that are expressed in two of the most prominent “doctrines” that we know: Patañjali’s Raja Yoga and Jñāna Yoga (the path of knowledge). Lucy has created a bridge between the ideologies of mankind, and the means or practices, to incarnate these universal truths. She has made important Yoga theories accessible through precise exercises which are related to the texts quoted within the book. 

One cannot help but feeling the enthusiasm in Lucy’s translations and citations. A book not only of facts, but also, of encouragement. Citations are an important practice in Yoga as they act as technical symbols that elevate the mind. If you find a citation you adhere to. Read it again, contemplate on its meaning, and then put it into action. 

Enjoy….

Garth McLean, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, USA

Steeped in yoga philosophy, Lucy Johnson draws upon traditional and key ancient yogic texts with expert skill as she blends and illuminates the teachings of revered yogic masters for the modern reader.  
By providing accessible, easy to follow ‘step-by-step’ exercises to deepen one’s understanding of Self exploration, Lucy guides and inspires the reader with grace towards further discovery and Self enlightenment while aligning with Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga.  
A valuable resource for anyone interested in deepening their exploration of spirituality and realization of the Self.  

John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling Author

We have arrived at a time of shared global crises and opportunities, a time that has been prophesied by spiritual communities and cultures around the world. The practices described in this timely book reflect ancient wisdom and are needed today like never before.

Leslie Howard, Yoga Therapist and Teacher

Yoga and Self-Enquiry is one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.  The author breaks down complex ideas in a way that everyone can connect to. The exercises that put the teachings into action are both practical and provide a helpful means to apply yoga in your life and out into the world. Many realizations will be had if you read this book.

Stéphane N. Lalo, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Iyengar Yoga Center of Marseille

Living as we do at a time when the very roots and aim of yoga are being grossly neglected, this book is a timely contribution. I recommend it to everyone seriously engaged in the practice of yoga, and certainly to all practitioners of Iyengar Yoga who are eager to understand and explore its real meaning and purpose.

The text gives insight into the traditions and methods of both Yoga and Advaita Vedānta, revealing the deep connection between these two apparently different teachings. Remarkable jewel-like quotes are provided from Vedic scriptures and other luminaries, inspiring the reader into contemplation. B.K.S Iyengar had photos Śri Ramana Maharshi and Śri Ramakrishna on the walls of his own library – they were among his inspirational guidance for his teachings.

Stephen Cope, Bestselling Author and Senior Scholar in Residence at the Kripalu

Lucy E. Johnson has written a classic.  She tells us that her new book is meant to be a “practice manual for gaining direct Self-Knowledge.”  This is a high aspiration, and Johnson absolutely accomplishes her task.   She guides the reader very precisely and methodically through a process of discernment developed over thousands of years by the most sophisticated masters of the yoga tradition.  She does so without becoming bogged down in the sometimes incomprehensible welter of yoga metaphysics.  Her guidance is exquisitely detailed, highly accurate, and profoundly practical and useful.  I simply could not put this book down.  Only a true practitioner of yoga, and one who is extremely knowledgeable about the breadth and depth of the yoga tradition, could have written this book.  It is an awe-inspiring contribution.  

Swami Kashi Muktananda Sarasvati, Uttarkashi, India

Yoga and Self-Enquiry is a uniquely successful attempt to take a highly complicated subject and hand it to the intelligent reader in a crisp, clear, and intriguing way.

Seekers of Truth, lovers of philosophy, and all spiritual practitioners will find within this book practical guidance and stimulating teachings.

This book is for you! Read it, practice what is taught, and see for yourself the power of this ancient knowledge.

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