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Path of Fire and Light

Advanced Practices of Yoga
Swami Rama

Essential reading for all serious hatha yoga students. Swami Rama provides an in-depth study of swarodaya, the science of breath, with step-by-step instruction on advanced pranayama exercises. In Path of Fire and Light, Swami Rama shares with Western students, for the first time, remarkable and practical information on the systematic techniques of an ancient and profound tradition of spiritual growth. The ancient yogic teachers and sages developed a powerful and subtle science of breath by which they intensified their sensitivity to body and mind and successfully attained their ultimate goal: Self-realization. As a practical guide to the systematic science of swarodaya, this book is essential reading for all serious advanced students.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1996, Fifth printing 2008
ISBN: 978-0-893890971
156 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Yoga / Philosophy

About the Author:

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. He traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

More on Path of Fire and Light volume 1

Most people begin their practice of yoga with asana. But as practice progresses, many become curious about the deeper dimensions of this time-honored spiritual path. Books that touch on the "advanced" spiritual practices and experiences are fascinating, but they often leave readers feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the details of the practices. This volume avoids that pitfall.

Path of Fire and Light presents an array of refined techniques of pranayama and meditation that are rarely described accurately. But advanced yoga is not simply a matter of technique. Above all, it is a matter of understanding the practices in the overall context of self-transformation adn self-unfoldment. That is why each chapter is the extraordinary volume provides a philosophical context for the techniques and practices it describes and offers strategies that can be adopted for removing the obstacles that arise along the way.

This book can be read over and over as you progress through the journey of self-discovery that is yoga. With each reading, new impressions are formed adn new lessons learned. Some who approach the path of fire and light will be dazzled and blinded and will turn their heads. Others will be intrigued and inspired, and will slowly begin to tread this path and eventually make it their own.

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