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Literature from Traditions Other than Tibetan also Useful to Six Yogas of Naropa Practitioners

Note 1: All references included here were available before 2008. Literature appeared only after 2008 is not included here.
Note 2: This is a work in progress. If you would like to contribute with editing or new annotated bibliography entries (from publications appeared before or after 2008 and also unpublished manuscripts), you are welcome to do so by leaving a message for Manu here .

Chia, Mantak. Iron Shirt Chi Kung I: Once a Martial Art, Now the Practice that Strengthens the Internal Organs, Roots Oneself Solidly, and Unifies Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health. Huntington, NY: Healing Tao Books, 1986, 290 pp., profusely illustrated by Juan Li, introduction. ISBN: 0-935621-02-4.

Describes eight powerful chi kung exercises synthesized from forty-nine traditional postures, which benefit fasciae and bone structure, a few tendons, and develop the most vital energy routes, strengthening the organs by “packing” chi energy in the fascia around them, creating a natural “iron shirt” in one’s body. Step-by-step and in great detail, one is lead from the preparatory stances to the full performance of these exercises with the aid of numerous drawings. An additional chapter on breath alignment by Terry Gors and a chapter on body construction and chiropractics are very useful, as well as the long introduction, extremely detailed initial preparation instructions, and a suggestion of a daily routine. For a commented note of interest to Six Yoga practitioners, click here

Mann, John, and Lar Short. The Body of Light: History and Practical Techniques for Awakening Your Subtle Body. New York: Globe Press Books, 1990, 189 pp., illustrations by Juan Li, tables or charts, introduction, endnotes, index. ISBN: 0-936385-14-6. Library of Congress Catalog Card # 90-82428.

It provides a concise and clear explanation and analysis of the so-called subtle body, using as a frame of reference Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. It presents an original and interesting formulation of models, formulas, and exercises that may work in developing a subtle body. It offers an interesting, although a bit superficial comparison among tantric/kundalini yoga systems in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Some interesting and original data obtained from secret oral teachings is also presented. Literature review is very thin. For commented notes of interest to Six Yoga practitioners click here

Muktibodhananda, Swami, editor. Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga (Including the original Sanskrit text of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with translation in English) (Commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda under the guidance of Swami Satyananda Saraswati.) Munger, Bihar: Bihar School of Yoga, 1993 (second edition, reprinted in 1998 with corrections), 1985 (first edition), 641 pp., illustrations, glossary, index of practices, introduction. ISBN: 81-85787-38-7.

This is an excellent commentary from both scientific and spiritual perspectives of the classic hatha yoga treatise, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by yogi Swatmarama. It is divided into four parts: “asana”; “shatkarma and pranayama”; “mudra and bandha”; “and “samadhi.” Particularly interesting is its tantric and alchemical approach. For a commented note of interest to Six Yoga practitioners, click here

Rama, Swami. Path of Fire and Light: Advanced Practices of Yoga (vol. 1). Honesdale, PA: The Himalayan International Institute, 1986, 178 pp., foreword, introduction, glossary, index. ISBN: 0-89389-097-9.

It describes several secret yogic techniques of breathing and kundalini yoga. For a commented note of interest to Six Yoga practitioners, click here

Van Lysebeth, André. Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine, 1995.

It describes “Hindu” maithuna techniques which are useful to “Buddhist” karmamudra practitioners.

For literature from the Tibetan tradition click here.




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