Its ultimate purpose is to raise our consciousness to directly perceive the spiritual dimension. Then we can have our own spiritual experiences. The point is that the more spiritual we become, the more we can perceive that which is spiritual. As we develop and grow in this way through yoga, the questions about spiritual life are no longer a mystery to solve, but become a reality to experience. It becomes a practical part of our lives. This book will show you how to do that.
Some of the topics include:
Benefits of yoga
The real purpose of yoga
The types of yoga, such as Hatha yoga, Karma yoga, Raja and Astanga yogas, Kundalini yoga, Bhakti yoga, Mudra yoga, Mantra yoga, and others.
The Chakras and Koshas
Asanas and postures, and the Surya Namaskar
Pranayama and breathing techniques for inner changes
Deep meditation and how to proceed
The methods for using mantras
Attaining spiritual enlightenment, and much more.
Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has over 17,000 slides of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He has gone on several lecture tours throughout India, and he continues to write books on spirituality and the Vedic traditions, and regularly gives lectures and presentations at various venues. He is also the president of the Vedic Friends Association. More information can be found at www.stephen-knapp.com and http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com.