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An Introduction to Yoga is the classic manual of instruction in yoga written by seasoned yogi Annie Wood Besant.
This book offers timeless and concise guidance perfect for aspiring practitioners of yoga. Besant emphasises the vitality of the mental state as well as the physical movements. She gives a well-researched history of yoga's philosophical origins in India, and the various developments which shaped it to become as it is known in the West. In all, the book is organised into four coherent lectures, each of which tackles a distinct aspect of the practice.
Besant urges the reader to consider their place in the universe, to feel properly grounded in their surroundings, and to contemplate the very nature of consciousness and being. The text is never preaching or dogmatic, but instead retains a clarity in instructing the reader to comprehend what yoga entails mentally and physically. The author's simple and instructive style serves to demystify yoga, while maintaining the reader's attention.
For more than a century, An Introduction to Yoga has been a primary reference source in the West for amateur and professional yogi. Despite a great number of newer texts appearing on the subject, this manual enjoys continued popularity thanks to its authenticity, tone and quality of research.