The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman's Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

  • Yoga
  • Nischala Joy Devi
  • Yoga power moves
  • Healing power of yoga
  • The yoga sutras

Yoga is well known for its power to create a healthy body, but few realize the emotional and spiritual benefits. In The Secret Power of Yoga, world-renowned Yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi interprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the principles at the basis of Yoga practice, from a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, resulting in the first translation intended for women.

Devi’s simple, elegant, and deeply personal interpretations capture the spirit of each sutra, and her sugges

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  1. Theresa Reed "The Tarot Lady" says:
    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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    Sutras from a feminine perspective, April 26, 2007
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    Theresa Reed “The Tarot Lady” (MILWAUKEE, WI USA) –

    This review is from: The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras (Paperback)

    Although most of us view yoga as simply a physical discipline, there is a far more spiritual dimension to it. The entire philosophy of yoga has been contained in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Sutra is Sanskrit for “thread” – the sutras are a collection of terse aphorisms threaded together, laying out the whole of yoga.

    Translations of these sutras have been done by males over the years and although there are some wonderful books on the subject (Iyengar’s “Light On the Yoga Sutras” for one), I have found these books to be rather dry. Well known yoga instructor, Nischala Joy Devi has written an entirely new and feminine perspective on these ancient proverbs. Devi writes in an almost poetic manner and substitutes words that are ‘negative’ with a more heart centered counterpart. For example, for Aparigraha which is often translated as non-greed, Devi uses “awareness of abundance”. This is a very nurturing viewpoint that makes the sutras “friendlier” and more easier to relate to. Meditations and practices are sprinkled throughout to help intergrate the vibe of the sutras into your heart.

    She covers books one and two of the sutras and did a brief scan of book three. I am somewhat hopeful that she is intending on covering books three and four (she didn’t mention book four at all) in a further volume, but until then, this is enough food for thought for now.

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  2. Yoga Teacher "I LOVE yoga and anything that b... says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    Lovely Translation…, July 24, 2007
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    This book is truly a gem. It discusses the Sutras from a heartfelt perspective lacking in most other translations. It will compliment any other reading of the Sutras you have done, and will add a whole other dimension. A must-have for any complete yoga library.

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  3. Carol Ann Chidlaw "Yoga Grandmother" says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    A daily guide for spiritual practice, June 5, 2008
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    Carol Ann Chidlaw “Yoga Grandmother” (Oakland, MS, USA) –
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    This review is from: The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras (Paperback)

    This set of CD’s lives in my car and accompanies me down the road — both the physical road and the road of my life. As an avid student of Yoga, I am enamored not only with asana (poses) practice, but with the metaphysics and philosophical underpinning of this ancient and sometimes complex system of whole health. Nischala Devi guides me from a woman’s perspective, simply and clearly through the maze of the Yoga Sutras with her own unique flavor and world view. And while this is not an accurate “translation” of these ancient texts, her interpretation and commentary is for today, for women, and uncomplicates and simplifies the teachings so I can cease struggling and just rest in the depth of how to live my life in the 21st century where I am and as I am.

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