Yoga in the Gita
Krishna & Patanjali: The Bhakti Dimension
Publication date: February 22, 2016
6 x 9 in | ISBN 978-0692635957
Religion & Spirituality | Eastern Religions & Sacred Texts
Hinduism | Bhagavad Gita
Finally, a book that emphasizes the sacred love teaching woven throughout the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra texts!
Drawing from the ancient bhakti tradition they have belonged to for decades, authors Catherine Ghosh and Braja Sorensen invite the reader to broaden their definition of yoga according to one of the best-kept secrets of the Bhagavad Gita: that although it is set in a war zone, at its core the Gita is essentially a book on love, and yoga is the process through which we connect with, and participate in, that love.
Yoga in the Gita offers readers two very different yet complimentary voices presenting the same ancient approaches to self-development from both Krishna and Patanjali in practical, philosophically insightful and entertaining ways. With the first part of the book focusing exclusively on the way Krishna defines yoga in the Gita, and the second half drawing bhakti parallels between Krishna’s teachings and Patanjali’s, the authors offer a captivating and inspiring way for readers to appreciate the rich elements that make up a serious yoga lifestyle.
In this first contemporary book on yoga written by women to have emerged from the bhakti tradition, yoga practice takes on a whole new dimension: one that includes everything from our relationship with ourselves, with our bodies, and with others, to the relationship we have with the environment and the divine.
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Recommended for modern practitioners seeking a deeper, love-based way of being, living, and relating.
Yoga in the Gita analyses the text thematically from a lived and heart based yoga perspective—rather than the cerebral sectarian one of traditional commentaries—while yet remaining grounded in a deep understanding of the text. Creating a dialectic between the Gita and the Yoga Sutras, the work mines both texts for their potential in uncovering love as not only the essence of the self, but as lying at the core of the highest potential mode of relationship with others, and ultimately with God.
—Edwin Bryant, Professor of Hinduism, Rutgers University, Author of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga students often pick up Bhagavad-gita and shortly put it down, bewildered. How is this famous classic, the “handbook of yoga,” relevant to their practices of asanas and pranayama? Others ask, “What if I am interested in the applied, secular practices of yoga without the religious overtones of a Hindu scripture?” Is Bhagavad-gita relevant to such people?In Yoga in the Gita, Catherine Ghosh and Braja Sorenson answer these questions by taking us, step by step, through the profound and transcendent themes of Bhagavad-gita. The result will resonate in the heart of anyone seeking sustainable higher awareness. Clearing out the clutter of stifling, dogmatic interpretations, the authors reveal yoga’s foundational principles as uniquely laid out in the Gita and tie them seamlessly to the subsequent ancillary yoga texts of Patanjali and others.
Yoga in the Gita does all this with a pair of contemporary, refreshing voices playing tag-team through the various topics, making this enlightening book even more enjoyable to read.
A must for any contemporary yoga practitioner.
—Carl Woodham, Vaishnava Chaplain, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, Author of Bhagavad-gita: The Song Divine and A God Who Dances.
This book is a beacon of light for all yoga practitioners and those interested in yoga. Beautifully written by Braja and Catherine, the essence of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras are described in a practical and colorful way. That essence is ultimately love: love of the Supreme, bhakti yoga, but these two writers remind us of the yogic disciplines that lead us to this love.
—Christine Stein, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Los Angeles | India | China
What a delight to honor Bhakti Yoga as the supreme Yoga! The Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras inspire us to embrace Love and Devotion, as a pathway to deepen Yoga Practice. As our depth of experience blossoms, we are propelled to heightened experiences, and ultimately Union with the Divine Self. Yoga in the Gita is an inspirational gift written for us, by two impassioned and dedicated Yoginis, Catherine and Braja, illuminating the devotional essence of these two sacred scriptures.
This book is a boon to all who are chosen to tread the glorious path of Yoga!
—Nischala Joy Devi, teacher and author, The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras.
With this wonderful new book, Catherine and Braja take us on a great leap forward in our ability to learn and grow and love according to the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita.
In doing so, they help bring the Gita back toward its rightful place in the Western yoga world, and they even take great pains to show how it all ties in with the Yoga Sutra.
—Bob Weisenberg Editor of Best of Yoga Philosophy, Author of Yoga Demystified
Yoga in the Gita is written in a casual, refreshing style, and designed to broaden the reader’s definition of yoga to incorporate everything from one’s relationship with oneself, with one’s body, and with others, to the relationship one has with the environment and, most essentially, to the Divine: Sri Krishna. In fact, the chapters are delightfully linked by this thread of nourishing our love for Krishna in everything we do.
Yoga in the Gita accomplishes this with modern and often humorous approaches to self-development, while offering inspirations for living a yogic lifestyle in the 21st century.
Review in Australian Yoga Life magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Catherine Ghosh is an artist, writer, mother and editor of Journey of the Heart: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry by Women (2014) and Where Journeys Meet: The Voice of Women’s Poetry (2015). She has been an active practitioner and student in the Bhakti Yoga tradition since 1986, studying under Damodar Goswami, India, and later trained in Svarupa-asanas at Master Yoga Academy in California, with Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati. Catherine is co-founder of The Secret Yoga Institute, together with her life partner, Graham M. Schweig. She has served as a contributing editor for Integral Yoga Magazine (2009-13.) She is passionate about inspiring women to honor their voices, and does so through an online women’s spiritual poetry community she founded in 2012. Her forthcoming books are Bhakti Blossoms: A Contemporary Collection of Vaishnavi Poetry and Poetry as a Spiritual Practice: Embracing the Awakened Woman.
Braja Sorensen is a writer, author, poet, photographer, bhakti-yogini, cook, and cow lover, hailing from the beaches of Australia. She has lived in on the banks of the sacred Ganges River in Mayapur, West Bengal, since the turn of the century. Braja has practiced bhakti and ashtanga-yoga since the ’80s, the former in the Vaishnava tradition, the latter in the Iyengar tradition. Her published works include Lost & Found in India (2013); Mad & Divine (2015); and Tryst: Ghazals of Love (2016). Her first novel, Of Noble Blood, is due in late 2016, and her first novella, Kavita: Search for Transcendence. Other published works are: 18 Days: Sri Panca-tattva’s Mayapur-lila (2004), and India & Beyond: Plane Reading for Part-time Babajis (2012). Braja also worked on Nava-vraja-mahima (Lal Publishing, 2013) authored by Sivarama Swami: a treatise on the sacred land of India. Her award-winning poetry has been published in the UK and Australia, and she served as Managing Editor for several years for Mayapur Magazine and Mayapur Journal.
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