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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy

Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple; Foreword by Christopher Key Chapple

North Point Press

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ISBN10: 086547768X
ISBN13: 9780865477681

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112 Pages



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Many people think yoga simply means postures and breathing. Not true. The intention of this short guide is practical and straightforward: to say what yoga really is and to apply its principles to everyday life. It leads us through the eight-limbed system, a coherent framework that has been handed down and elaborated upon for thousands of years and consists of five "outer limbs," which pertain to our experience of the social world and the operation of our senses, and three "inner limbs," which focus on the mind. Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple present the eight-limbed system as something that can be turned to again and again to deepen and expand understanding and practice. As an introduction and overview to the essence of yoga, The Eight Limbs of Yoga is unparalleled for clarity, usefulness, and concision.


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"The common and misguided perception about Yoga is that it basically revolves around breathing and postures. The best way to counter a perception is by use of facts which is exactly what this short guide out rightly achieves. Using simple, sensible and clear-cut language, this guide perfectly defines Yoga and expounds on how one can apply its principles in their daily life."—

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What Is Yoga?

YS I.14 sa tu dirghakalanairantaryasatkarasevito d??habhumi?

It [practice] becomes grounded firmly when...

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Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple; Foreword by Christopher Key Chapple

Stuart Ray Sarbacker is an assistant professor of philosophy at Oregon State University and specializes in South Asian religion and philosophy. Kevin Kimple teaches at the Eugene School of Yoga and is an authorized Ashtanga instructor.

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Stuart Ray Sarbacker

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