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The Shambhala encyclopedia of yoga
1st pbk. ed.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxi, 357 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Reference book BL1238.52.F47 2000 1
Book 181.4503 FEUERSTEIN 1 .SOURCE. BT 5/11/04

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Here is an authentic portrayal of a rich and complex spiritual tradition of India. The over two thousand entries cover Yoga's history, its many approaches, schools, teachers, scriptures, as well as its technical terminology. The book is arranged and written in a manner that will inform rather than overwhelm the lay reader, while at the same time offering valuable references for the professional researcher and the historian of religion.

The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga offers the following features:

   *  Each entry has cross-references providing pertinent conceptual links
   *  Entries are in English alphabetical order, unlike comparable reference works that follow Sanskrit alphabetical order, which is difficult for the lay reader to follow
   *  Orientational entries provide an overview of central aspects of the Yoga tradition, such as history, psychology, and major branches
   *  Many entries cite or even quote original sources, shedding light on how a given term is used by traditional Yoga authorities

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Yoga, a rich and a complex spiritual tradition of India at least 5,000 years old, has become very popular in the West during the last 25 years. Many books have been written on Yoga, but Feuerstein's is perhaps the best ever published. It is the revised edition of Feuerstein's award-winning Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga (CH, Jan'91). It has more than 2,000 entries, arranged alphabetically, each carefully defined with many cross-references. All entries include key words in English with reference to their Sanskrit equivalents. Compound words have been separated into their individual stems. A special feature is an excellent introduction to the history, development, and continuous practice of Yoga. Other features include a chapter on the pronunciation of Sanskrit words and numerous illustrations that will help readers understand the meanings of many words and asanas (exercises). This excellent addition to the literature will be useful for scholars, historians, and general readers. Recommended for all libraries interested in developing collections on India and Hinduism. R. N. Sharma; West Virginia State College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciationp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
General Orientationp. xxi
The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yogap. 1
Bibliographyp. 353
Illustration Creditsp. 357