The Sacred Tradition of Yoga: Philosophy, Ethics, and Practices for a Modern Spiritual Life (Paperback)

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A guide to personal discipline and social ethics from a classical Sanskrit scholar, designed for the modern yoga practitioner.

  In today’s complex world, how is it possible to truly live as a yogi? Traditional yoga theory offers fresh, insightful solutions to today’s practical lifestyle concerns, ranging from environmentalism to personal health and wellness. Tuning into classic yoga philosophy and teachings can bring to light our greatest strengths while showing us how to maintain a healthy body and clear mind while attaining inner happiness. Drawing from his personal experiences of yoga and insight into ancient Sanskrit texts, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois connects yogic philosophy to how we approach food, work, education, relationships, and other conscious lifestyle choices to support our deepest longings for happiness, peace, and balance. Practical and insightful, The Sacred Tradition of Yoga begins with a clear and deep inquiry into the human condition, reminding us of true purpose of Yoga. The second half of the book focuses on the yamas and niyamas, the personal disciplines and social ethics of yoga. Throughout, Dr. Jois’ teachings honor ancient traditions and underscore the benefits we can gain from adopting a yogic way of life in the modern world.

About the Author

DR. SHANKARANARAYANA JOIS worked for decades both as a professor of Literature in Mysore College of Sanskrit and as a Vedic astrologer; however it is his own personal experiences of yogic states of consciousness that inform his teachings. Dr. Jois often travels to deliver seminars and workshops to sincere practitioners across the world. For more information, visit

Praise For…

"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 Patañjali

“This book is a treasury of timeless wisdom, presented in a profoundly generous and intimate way.”—Noelle Oxenhandler, contributing editor for Tricycle and coauthor, with Jack Kornfield, of The Buddha Is Still Teaching

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611801729
ISBN-10: 1611801729
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English