This affordable, definitive edition of the Gheranda Samhita contains a new introduction, the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, and thirty-nine full-page photographs. The first edition of this classic Yoga text to meet high academic, literary, and production standards, it's for people who practice Yoga or have an interest in health and fitness, philosophy, religion, spirituality, mysticism, or meditation.
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Residing in Oxford, England, James Mallinson is a graduate of Eton and Oxford, holds a master’s from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and returned to Oxford University for his doctorate.
James Mallinson s interest in yoga grew out of a fascination for India and Indian asceticism he spent several years living with Indian ascetics and yogis, in particular R m nand Ty g s. His MA thesis, part of a major in ethnography, was on Indian asceticism. He became dissatisfied, however, with (to quote Sheldon Pollock) the hypertrophy of method that afflicts much of the humanities, and anthropology in particular, so sought to ground his future research in philology. The one aspect of ascetic practice that is well represented in Sanskrit texts is yoga, so for his doctoral thesis he chose to edit an early text on ha hayoga, the Khecar vidy , which teaches in detail khecar mudr , one of traditional ha hayoga s most important practices, and he used fieldwork among traditional yogis in India to shed light on the text s teachings (but not so much light that he had to justify his methods!).