Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Swaraswati
"Swami Satyananda Saraswati's 'Yoga and Kriya' is a comprehensive and insightful guide to ancient practices. Dense yet rewarding, it's an invaluable resource for serious yogic exploration, suited to dedicated practitioners."
Author: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
“Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques” is an in-depth guide into the world of Yoga and Kriya, and is quite possibly one of the most comprehensive works on the subject matter available today. The book provides a step-by-step course that suits both neophytes seeking a solid foundation in yoga practices and experienced practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge about the Tantric path.
The text delves deeply into the philosophy, history, and techniques of Yoga and Kriya, combining ancient wisdom with a practical approach. It stands out due to its thorough coverage of numerous Yoga and Kriya techniques, accompanied by detailed explanations and illustrations. The author has evidently invested significant effort into making the practices accessible, thereby facilitating a seamless translation from theory to practice.
However, the book is not without its weaknesses. Its chief shortcoming lies in its dense and highly detailed presentation. The volume of information can feel overwhelming, particularly for those new to the field. It’s quite a hefty tome and, as such, might seem intimidating for beginners.
On the other hand, its very thoroughness can also be its strength for those readers who are prepared to spend time contemplating and practicing the described techniques. It is recommended that you approach this book not as a quick read but as a long-term reference guide. By reading it over an extended period, interspersing study with practice, the book becomes a trusted companion on your personal yogic journey.
The theoretical explanations of yoga philosophy in the book are articulate and erudite, providing a solid foundation of knowledge on which to base practice. This makes it an excellent resource for those interested in deepening their understanding of the underlying principles of Yoga and Kriya.
In summary, “Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques” is a valuable contribution to the body of literature on yoga and Kriya. It will satisfy those readers in search of a comprehensive and practical guide to these ancient practices. However, beginners should approach it with patience and perseverance, considering its highly detailed and dense material.
For anyone dedicated to exploring the vastness of Yoga and Kriya, this book is a worthy investment, offering a wealth of knowledge that can be revisited time and again as one deepens their practice.
About the author
Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) was a renowned yoga teacher and the founder of the Bihar School of Yoga in India. He was a disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati and spent many years studying ancient yoga texts, which led him to develop his integrated approach to yoga.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati is known for his significant contributions to the yoga community, including the creation and teaching of numerous yoga techniques suitable for all ages and physical conditions. His writings, which have been translated into many languages, are widely recognized as authentic and accessible introductions to yoga philosophy and practice.
His book, “Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques,” would presumably be a profound exploration of yogic techniques and philosophies given his extensive experience and understanding of yoga and tantra. The Swami’s work generally aims at promoting the deep and comprehensive understanding of yoga and making it accessible to a broad audience, regardless of their previous experience with yoga or spirituality.