Yoga Beyond Belief: insights to awaken and deepen your practice
An integrative, new vision and context for yoga, illuminating its internal dynamics, providing inspiration and guidance for a lifetime of practice, and appealing to anyone practicing this tradition--from beginner to experienced student--this book offers a coherent explication of yoga's philosophy and practice.
Yoga Beyond Belief offers a unique vision of contemporary yoga. It integrates scientific and practical approaches providing a much-needed integrative perspective that complements existing yoga books for all levels and styles of yoga students. Serving up a collection of valuable insights gleaned from a lifetime of exploration, practice, study, and teaching by one of America's pioneering and leading teachers of yoga, the book assists readers in making sense of the many discordant claims and teaching techniques that currently exist in the yoga world, freeing readers to pursue their own individual paths of yoga and personal practice. This is an essential text and reference for all yoga practitioners.
The book first sets a context for an open-minded and evolutionary approach to yoga practice, and then explains the core principles of the many branches of yoga. A clear foundation is given for how the physical practices of yoga work to produce remarkable results of health and well being. The chapter Injury, Pain, and Healing shows how to prevent injuries and how to heal injuries should they occur. The reader is given a wealth of sophisticated of tools, insights, and anecdotes gleaned from a lifetime of practice and teaching to develop, hone, and tune his or her personal yoga approach. This book makes yoga come alive for the reader.
The book concludes by going beyond the physical aspects to the heart of yoga. It illuminates and gives insight into the discovery of non-dogmatic forms and evolutionary approaches to meditation and spirituality. It presents a clear argument showing the pitfalls of regimented systems and how to make everything in daily life part of yoga practice and spiritual development.
Ganga White gives us his unique and creative perspectives on a time-tested discipline for a healthy and vital life. Entertaining and thoroughly readable, this book offers a coherent explication of yoga, its philosophy and practice. White's integrative views will inspire beginners and accomplished yogis to trust their inner wisdom and creatively reassess their practice. He is a great storyteller and gives us his personal and creative perspective, breathing fresh air into an ancient discipline. Yoga Beyond Belief offers an original, integrative approach to body, mind, and spirit that is practical, inspiring, and full of valuable insights to enliven and inform anyone's yoga practice.
"This book takes you into the mind of a noted renegade yogi. With humor and disarming honesty, Ganga explains the history and philosophy of yoga, and guides you with his own original and innovative approach to this ancient discipline. Yoga Beyond Belief is a unique, integrative approach to body, mind and spirit. It is practical, inspiring and full of valuable insights to enliven and inform the practice of both beginning and experienced students. I recommend it highly." --Andrew Weil, MD
" Yoga Beyond Belief will strike a chord with anyone seeking a new level of awakening and freedom in yoga and in their lives. This book offers a flexible and modern perspective that is needed more than ever to meet and live in these times of accelerating change."
—Sting, from the Foreword
"This is a rich, wide-ranging work of great sensitivity and eloquence, a guided journey through the world of yoga by a master whose wisdom is matched by his humility--a rare and precious commodity in the modern yoga scene of massive egos, glitz, and hype."
—David Gordon White, PhD, author of Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts and professor of Hinduism, UCSB
"In Yoga Beyond Belief, Ganga has done an outstanding job.... This is the clear voice of a modern yogi. Ganga is living proof that the real tradition of yoga is still very much alive and well."
—Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
" Yoga Beyond Belief weaves together science, spiritual inquiry, personal stories, and yoga practices into a tapestry that will serve students of self-discovery in navigating their own unique path."
—Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul (R)
"Ganga is the spearhead of a revolutionary evolution in the field of yoga. His endeavor has been: How to retain the old form and put new spirit into it? It also implies: How not to throw the baby out with the bathwater."
"This book can make yoga meaningful to people who never imagined it. It is a tour de force of deconstructing tradition and making yoga a powerful, exploratory vehicle for modern times."
—Joel Kramer, author of The Guru Papers and A Passionate Mind
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ganga White, referred to as a "pioneer of yoga" by Yoga Journal, has been teaching, innovating, and promulgating yoga since 1967-nearly forty years. He has led international yoga organizations, established yoga centers in major cities that have been emulated the world over, and he is a leader on the forefront of the wave of yoga in America. White is founder of the world renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, which offers programs internationally. Situated on forty acres, the residential retreat and primary teaching institute offers yoga workshops, teacher training, and advanced study to students and teachers from around the world. White has extensive training and experience in the field of yoga combined with education in science, physics, and electronics. He brings a unique, East/West perspective to yoga, meditation, and spirituality.
Ganga White introduced Flow Yoga in the 1970's and it is now one of the most popular forms practiced around the world. In 1980, his text Double Yoga introduced his innovation of partner yoga, now practiced worldwide. With his wife, Tracey Rich, he co-created Total Yoga-The Flow Series videos, which are international #1 best sellers with sales of over 1.8 million copies.
White brings a broad, modern perspective to the teachings of yoga. Although he is extensively trained in traditional yoga and has a Sanskrit name and titles, White is an evolutionary and critical thinker who shows his students how to grow beyond tradition into their own freedom and understanding making their yoga, practice, and their spirituality uniquely their own. He and his wife currently direct the renowned White Lotus Foundation and lecture and teach internationally.