The Lost Teachings of Yoga

How to Find Happiness, Peace, and Freedom Through Time-Tested Wisdom
Narrated by: Georg Feuerstein
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have practiced some form of yoga, yet almost none of them have heard of yoga's early teachers or their insights. While we are familiar with yoga's physical benefits, the original purpose of yoga as a path to inner freedom and enlightenment is embodied by only a few students in the West. Handed down to us throughout the past 5,000 years, the mental and spiritual disciplines of this complete philosophy for living are in danger of vanishing forever.

Now yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein immerses you in The Lost Teachings of Yoga, the first comprehensive audio curriculum about yoga's original spiritual wisdom and practices. A leading scholar and practitioner of yoga in the West for more than 30 years, Feuerstein introduces you to the wonders beyond yoga's postures and breathing techniques, and points the way to the inner strength and mental peace that is yoga's first objective. Taught by Feuerstein himself, this full 12-session, seven-hour course reveals the true history of yoga, the gifted masters who brought it to the West, its many branches and the rich fruit they yield, yoga's virtues and disciplines that flower into enlightenment, subtle anatomy and the energy of prana or life force, the origins of asanas, and much more. Georg Feuerstein has said that today in the West, we need yoga more than ever. Not simply because we want to develop strong, flexible bodies, but because yoga's vast spiritual heritage can help us uncover the deeper purpose of life. Discover for yourself yoga's ultimate achievement and your foundation for a more effective daily practice with The Lost Teachings of Yoga.

©2007 Georg Feuerstein (P)2007 Georg Feuerstein

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Good read

This book gives good insights to yoga philosophy and practice. I listened to audio book while driving and plan to listen it again.

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Great insightful book

I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about the lost arts of yoga. Definitely going to look Into more books this author wrote

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An excellent overview description of the depth teachings of yoga

Georg Feurstein distills into a nicely complete and compelling overview of the depth teachings of the yoga as passed down from yoga traditions from India. His voice and format is expressive of a yogis equanimity and purpose in the love of the rich tools yoga offers to humanity for anyone wishing to practice the yogic path. I believe most who have an attraction to yoga and some sense of conscious awakening will be inspired to practice deeper toward greater awakening. At least that's been my experience here with this work. I especially enjoyed his words on Tantric Yoga.

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a must for anyone interested in yoga

Georg Feurestein introduces fundamental aspects of traditional yogic wisdom in an accessible way. He beautifully illustrates how this ancient wisdom is still absolutely applicable to living meaningfully in modern times.

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Good analysis

This is a good book for getting under the superficial skin of western yoga. Good analogies. I don't much care for integration of western style psychology (addiction) in terms of yoga for treatment, because I feel Eastern philosophy should be viewed from an Eastern context and not integrated. But, overall, very masterful and scholarly.

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Insights abound

Even though I'm familiar with a lot of the concepts Georg speaks about, I found myself continually saying "hmm that's really interesting" over and over again. And because Georg reads his own book, he's able to transform the audio book into what feels like a seminar or presentation on yoga.

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Highest Yoga Understanding

This audiobook is stupendous! It is a concise and very well organized. It explains the whole of Classical yoga with it's deep history of spirituality.

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insightful read

Georg, as you might expect does full justice to the narration of this fantastic summary of the original yoga teachings. he has a canny knack for providing just the right amount of detail to illustrate his point whole not bogging down the flow of the book. after listening to this I feel that I have the stubs needed for many further investigations. highly recommended.

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Thank you Georg for writing this book.

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I am still on the first chapter but so thrilled to find such a real, authentic book that finally reveals the truth and mystery about Yoga, that I had to share my excitement.... if you are ready to really understand the spiritual side of Yoga, not the typical, superficial, western version, this is the book!

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beautiful

Wonderful analogies and yoga's true meaning. I would highly recommend if you are interested in off the mat philosophy of yoga.

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  • Esther Nagle
  • 03-17-17

inspirational listening

I have just listened to this for the 3rd time, and I know it won't be the last. I love everything about this, the in depth knowledge, the delivery, the humble approach Georg has to his own place in life, his quiet humour. every time I listen I learn so much more and feel greatly inspired to improve my life and my practice.

if you want to really understand what yoga truly is, in a way that is accessible while being in depth and with real substance to it, you cannot ask for better

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  • Tara Oneill
  • 04-06-16

Self Discovery

A wonderful piece of work from Geog Feuerstein. Namaste . Reccomended for anyone on the conscious path of self discovery through yoga. Namaste*****

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-19

Yoga Teachers should read this!

A concise start to learning real yoga philosophy and history.
Well structured and inspiring without trying to illicit anything more than respect for the original teachings and practices.

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  • Alex
  • 06-18-19

the operating manual for being human.

very detailed, very informative, very useful, concise. seems like this book contains everything one needs to know about yoga.

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  • George Boylan
  • 04-13-18

Beautiful book!

Really enjoyable book. Great information giving on the history, the types, and how to meditate in yoga. Really easy to Listen to Georg also. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to learn yoga.

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  • sonia perry
  • 03-04-18

Beautiful, brilliant and inspiring

Excellent informed guidance. Mr Feurstein has an exceptional understanding which he communicates with heartfelt ease.

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  • Wendy Davies
  • 04-03-16

The conversational style of the narrator made this book very easy to listen to and enjoy!

An excellent explanation of "yoga" or should I say the mystical traditions of this religion !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-20

Wonderful insights of Yogic philosophy

Undoubtedly this is one the great book with detailed knowledge of yogic principles, philosophy and lifestyle having great narration as well. I have some understanding and studied some scriptures still got to learn a lot of new things in this great book. Highly recommended!

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  • David
  • 12-27-18

great listening. good reading.

very good book. very well written and read. i enjoyed it a lot. thank you

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  • Sonja
  • 03-23-18

A Comprehensive Insight into Yoga

It's the kind of book you are either inspired to study or dismiss as too complex and overwhelming...perhaps even farcical. Personally, I'll revisit with a notebook to hand but more importantly, I am now ready to stop scratching at the surface of yoga and instead, dive in.