- 出版社: YogaVidya.com (2002年5月1日)
- 平装: 128页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0971646619
- 条形码: 8601405601889
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 249 g
- ASIN: 0971646619
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The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (英语) 平装 – 2002年5月1日
"Beautifully printed and translated. Wonderful pictures, too."
--Dominik Wujastyk, Indology
"There is a certain magic at work here--as if Svatmarama has projected himself through time, expressing himself through Akers."
--Michael Perkins, Woodstock Times
"This faithful reproduction is an impressive and highly recommended reference for students and devoted practitioners of Hatha Yoga."
--Midwest Book Review
"Accurate and accompanied by clear pictures, this translation of an informative Sanskrit text is a very useful addition to the growing literature on Yoga in Western languages."
--Ashok Aklujkar, University of British Columbia
"Written over five-hundred years ago, the text is considered by many a seminal work on the practice of Hatha Yoga."
--Chris Meehan, Kalamazoo Gazette
Now living in Woodstock, New York, Brian Dana Akers began practicing Yoga at age twelve, learning Sanskrit at seventeen, and working in publishing at twenty-three.
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I second another reviewer's comment that the writer's translation style is "straightforward, clear and elegant".
I will add, in this review, a comment about where this book fits into the overall study of yoga. This book is one of the basic reference texts. Not the only one, but its value is that it is short, and contains JUST the translation of the basic text by the same name (Hatha Yoga Pradipika) that was originally published in the fifteenth century, in Sanskrit.
I think it would be difficult for anyone to just take this book and start learning yoga from scratch. One could do that, but most people will probably want to work with an instructor, and/or use videos which can be downloaded from the internet. Anyone starting yoga would also be well advised to try several different instructors, if that is possible, and practice with the style that seems to resonate best.
I only started doing serious reading about yoga after I began to learn and practice Ashtanga Yoga, which -- unfortunately, I think -- wasn't until about three years into my own practice. Now, I consider this book to be a basic and indispensible reference source. Many other books might refer to its translations, but for what it is -- a simple and unadorned translation of the actual original text -- it is very useful. Kind of like having a "pocket" dictionary to walk around with when you are in a foreign country, compared to having a big, fat, huge comprehensive dictionary to use when you are at home with all of your other books when you are going into more detailed studies.
1) Asana, the physical practice of yoga postures, which are accompanied by helpful photos of an accomplished practitioner;
2) Pranayama, or energy control facilitated mainly by the breath;
3) Mudras or energy seals; and
4) Samadhi, the non-dualistic state of super-consciousness achieved through dedicated practice and meditation.
As such, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika concentrates and expands on three of the eight limbs of classical Raja Yoga (Ashtanga) described in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali. The verses assume that the reader has a working knowledge of Yoga philosophy, practice, and terminology and Brian Akers acknowledges that the translation reflects an "esoteric work that is purposely oblique at times...."; one that will require some work from the reader. To me this adds a measure of mystique to the book that may entice the reader to further study. It would be nice if there were photos or diagrams to accompany the verses in Chapter Two - Pranayama and Chapter Three - Mudras to support and help to explain the narrative, but even still, I would recommend the book to any serious yoga student who seeks a fuller understanding of traditional Hatha Yoga.
short and easy to read.