- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: YogaVidya.com; Bilingual edition (1 January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971646651
- ISBN-13: 978-0971646650
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,16,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shiva Samhita Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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"James Mallinson has just produced the most reliable Sanskrit edition and English translation of the Shiva Samhita available. I praise his painstaking and learned work, which is well complemented by a crisp, informative, no-nonsense introduction. The accuracy and readability of this book make it of great interest to anyone working on Yoga and related disciplines."
--Elizabeth De Michelis, Oxford University, Author of A History of Modern Yoga
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From the Introduction
Composed over five centuries ago, the Shiva Samhita is one of the most celebrated root texts of Hatha Yoga. It includes beautiful teachings found nowhere else. This edition contains the original Sanskrit, properly edited and printed for the first time, and a new, accurate translation thereof. It also features photographs of the asanas and mudras described therein.
Table of Contents
The Vital Principle
About the Author
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 has just produced the most reliable Sanskrit edition and English translation of the Shiva Samhita available."
--Elizabeth De Michelis, Oxford University
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His interpretation of the Shiva Samhita (Shiva's Text) is easy to read and understand, and his introduction gives a clear and informative background of the text.
The Shiva Samhita is an ancient yoga text that covers subjects such as the five elements (space, air, fire, water, Earth), gunas (qualities), karma (action and re-action), abstinences and observances, kundalini (latent energy life force at the base of the spine), nadis (energy channels), chakras (energy whirlpools), mudras (seals), bhandas (energy locks), postures, meditation, chanting, and diet, among others. Seven postures (three of which are in the mudras and bhandas section) are described and shown with photos.
The Shiva Samhita is a must read for yoga practitioners.
Please note: I bought the paperback version because I couldn't tell from the book preview whether or not the Kindle version contained photos.
Cathy Sanders of Yoga in Lascassas, TN
I have never felt as though I have been able to gain an understanding of this text due to disjointed and and confusing tranlations of this compilation of scripture, being all I could find available prior to this edition. I've always felt it was a missing link in my acquisition of yogic knowledge and had given up on truly being able to study this text without first learning to translate Sanskrit, since my feeble American mind currently requires an
English translation.This edition has allowed me acess to this text in an understandable and accessible English translation.
As always the production value of the yogavidya.com publication is top notch as well. English and Sanskrit are both printed beautifully; illustrations are concise and relevant; and the cover is understated and scholarly in appearance, in keeping with the other yogavidya.com paperback editions.