Students of yoga are introduced to the ancient teachings of classical Indian literature in abundant workshops and teacher trainings. But amidst this abundance there is a hunger for more insight into how practitioners can integrate this wisdom into their modern lives. In today’s complex world, how is it possible to truly live as a yogi? Drawing from his deep insight into ancient Sanskrit texts, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois connects yogic philosophy to how we approach food, work, education, relationships, and much more to support our deepest longings for true peace and happiness. The Sacred Tradition of Yoga focuses on the yamas and the niyamas, the personal disciplines (or restraints) and social ethics that represent the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Rather than offering a set of esoteric practices and disciplines, Dr. Jois offers clear and practical guidance to help us both understand and experience for ourselves why yogic practices are meaningful.
Dr. Jois’s central message underscores the benefits we can gain from adopting a yogic way of life in the modern world. His unique teachings show us the ultimate goal of yoga, and he clearly directs us toward the tools available to us for reaching that goal. Rather than suggesting that we blindly follow some prescription from the past, Jois challenges us to use our analytical mind to assess their usefulness and benefit in our daily lives. His teachings honor ancient traditions, going beyond the information and teachings being offered (and recycled) by many Western teachers.
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“A wealth of information and advice for practitioners wishing to go deeper into the lived study of Yoga.”—Mark Singleton, PhD, author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
“Dr. Jois makes these teachings accessible and appealing. His interpretations and presentations are a welcomed resource for those interested in pursuing the yogic path”—Edwin Bryant, Professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy, Rutgers University, and author of The Yoga Sūtras of Patai
“To read this book is to be in the company of someone who knows whereof he speaks, someone who has devoted his life, without reservation, to the quest for understanding and toward the goal of Self-Realization.”—from “Introduction from a Western Student” in The Sacred Tradition of Yoga