Author(s): Ganga White
The popularity of yoga in the West has exploded from its humble origins in the 1960s. This useful book penned by the man who was there from the inception, integrates scientific and practical approaches into a fresh perspective that complements — and expands on — the existing literature. Based on a lifetime of insights and enlivened by Ganga White’s storytelling skills, Yoga Beyond Belief begins by explaining the core principles of the many branches of the discipline. Next, it shows how the physical practices work to produce remarkable results in health and well-being. Included are a chapter on how to avoid or heal injury and pain, along with a wealth of tools, insights, and anecdotes that both inform and inspire. Yoga Beyond Belief concludes by going beyond the physical aspects to the heart of yoga, showing the pitfalls of regimented systems and offering seasoned advice on how students at any skill level can customize their yoga practice for spiritual transformation.
"This book takes you into the mind of a noted renegade yogi. With humor and disarming honesty, Ganga explains the history and philosophy of yoga, and guides you with his own original and innovative approach to this ancient discipline. Yoga Beyond Belief is a unique, integrative approach to body, mind and spirit. It is practical, inspiring and full of valuable insights to enliven and inform the practice of both beginning and experienced students. I recommend it highly."
--Andrew Weil, MD
"Yoga Beyond Belief will strike a chord with anyone seeking a new level of awakening and freedom in yoga and in their lives. This book offers a flexible and modern perspective that is needed more than ever to meet and live in these times of accelerating change."
--Sting, from the Foreword
"This is a rich, wide-ranging work of great sensitivity and eloquence, a guided journey through the world of yoga by a master whose wisdom is matched by his humility--a rare and precious commodity in the modern yoga scene of massive egos, glitz, and hype."
--David Gordon White, PhD, author of "Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts "and professor of Hinduism, UCSB
"In "Yoga Beyond Belief," Ganga has done an outstanding job.... This is the clear voice of a modern yogi. Ganga is living proof that the real tradition of yoga is still very much alive and well."
--Erich Schiffmann, author of "Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness"
""Yoga Beyond Belief" weaves together science, spiritual inquiry, personal stories, and yoga practices into a tapestry that will serve students of self-discovery in navigating their own unique path."
--Jack Canfield, author of"Chicken Soup for the Soul" (R)
"Ganga is the spearhead of a revolutionary evolution in the field of yoga. His endeavor has been: How to retain the old form and put new spirit into it? It also implies: How not to throw the baby out with the bathwater."
"This book can make yoga meaningful to people who never imagined it. It is a tour de force of deconstructing tradition and making yoga a powerful, exploratory vehicle for modern times."
--Joel Kramer, author of "The Guru Papers" and "A Passionate Mind"
Ganga White, referred to as a pioneer of yoga by "Yoga Journal," has been teaching, innovating, and promulgating yoga since 1967 nearly forty years. He has led international yoga organizations, established yoga centers in major cities that have been emulated the world over, and he is a leader on the forefront of the wave of yoga in America. White is founder of the world renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, which offers programs internationally. Situated on forty acres, the residential retreat and primary teaching institute offers yoga workshops, teacher training, and advanced study to students and teachers from around the world. White has extensive training and experience in the field of yoga combined with education in science, physics, and electronics. He brings a unique, East/West perspective to yoga, meditation, and spirituality. Ganga White introduced Flow Yoga in the 1970 s and it is now one of the most popular forms practiced around the world. In 1980, his text Double Yoga introduced his innovation of partner yoga, now practiced worldwide. With his wife, Tracey Rich, he co-created Total Yoga The Flow Series videos, which are international #1 best sellers with sales of over 1.8 million copies. White brings a broad, modern perspective to the teachings of yoga. Although he is extensively trained in traditional yoga and has a Sanskrit name and titles, White is an evolutionary and critical thinker who shows his students how to grow beyond tradition into their own freedom and understanding making their yoga, practice, and their spirituality uniquely their own. He and his wife currently direct the renowned White Lotus Foundation and lecture and teach internationally. Foreword by Sting: World renowned musician Sting has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, rely on yoga to help maintain their well-being and the high energy pace of their lives. Along with Trudie and a Brazilian Indian, Sting started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests. He lives in England."