Exploring the Yoga Sutras
Written By: Nicholas Sutton
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The Yoga Sutras, composed by Patañjali nearly two millenia ago, is foundational to the Yoga systems, and widely regarded as a seminal text for students and practitioners of Yoga alike. While Patañjali’s work is centrally concerned with the exposition of a practice aimed at self-realisation, it is as much interested in the philosophical ideas that underpin the forms of practice it advocates.

In Exploring the Yoga Sutras, Nicholas Sutton offers a new translation of the text accompanied by a systematic examination of its ideas, with reference to some of the principal traditional commentaries. Unpacking the layers of meaning embedded in the text, Sutton demonstrates how the Yoga Sutras weaves the philosophy and practice of Yoga together in a subtle blend that provides a framework for understanding the position of the embodied living being within this world and the means by which the world may be transcended.

Discussing each sutra, both individually and in the context of different passages, Exploring the Yoga Sutras strives to make the complex ideas of this Yoga classic accessible to the modern reader who may not have a prior grounding in the study of Indian philosophy.

OXFORD CENTRE SERIES: Exploring the Yoga Sutras is part of The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Mandala Publishing Series. This book joins other accessible texts on Hindu Studies authored by expert scholars, including The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation and Study Guide; The Hindu Temple and Its Sacred Landscape; and Women in the Hindu World.

EXPERT AUTHOR: Nicholas Sutton is the Director of the Continuing Education Department of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, an academy for the study of Hindu cultures, societies, philosophies, religions, and languages. He received his PhD from Lancaster University, writing his doctoral dissertation on the Mahabharata, and currently develops and tutors online courses on Hindu religious traditions.

EDUCATION AID: This book serves as a comprehensive resource for both classwork and independent study. With the integration of suggested further reading, and glossary of Sanskrit terms, and images throughout, Exploring the Yoga Sutras offers an accessible introduction to a foundational Yoga classic.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 11/5/2024
ISBN: 9798887620794
Pages: 360
Trim Size: 6 x 9

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Nicholas Sutton, Author: Dr. Nicholas Sutton is a Professor and Director at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS). The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of Oxford University. OCHS, founded in 1997, is an academy for the study of Hindu cultures, societies, philosophies, religions, and languages, in all periods and in all parts of the world.