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The Gift of Consciousness: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

by Gitte Bechsgaard

Meticulously researched and compellingly written, The Gift of Consciousness is an engaging and approachable overview of the Yoga Sūtras through the prism of both Eastern and Western psychology. Grounded in a thorough knowledge of the Sanskrit original and training in psychology, Gitte Bechsgaard opens out these complex texts to the general reading public. Bechsgaard’s clear-eyed approach makes an ancient text relevant to anyone interested in Yoga philosophy and practice. This book, with its emphasis on integrating Yogic insights into everyday life, will be an important resource for Yoga teachers and practitioners, academics, and general readers who have an interest in Eastern religion and philosophy, meditation and psychology.

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The Sacred in Exile: What it Really Means to Lose Our Religion

by Gillian McCann and Gitte Bechsgaard

Release date: October 3, 2017

This book addresses the fact that, for the first time in history, a large segment of the population in the western world is living without any form of religious belief. While a number of writers have examined the implications of this shift, none have approached the phenomenon from the perspective of religious studies. The authors examine what has been lost from the point of view of sociology, psychology, and philosophy of religion. The book sits at the nexus of a number of important debates including: the role of religion in public life, the connection between religion and physical and psychological well-being, and the implications of the loss of ritual in terms of maintaining communities.

 

The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras by Gitte Bechsgaard, Ph.D, is to be read by those who love Yoga in general and by practitioners of Yoga in particular. This book acts as a guide book to take a journey from the bank of mundane life towards the bank of spiritual life.”

B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Master, author of Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, Light on Yoga, and many more

“Bechsgaard has isolated and explained many of the guiding concepts in the Yoga Sūtras… she has provided practitioners with the tools to fine tune their own understanding and practice. Any reader will be highly rewarded in their own lives and yoga practices through a careful reading of this book.”

Frederick M. Smith, Professor of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Religions, University of Iowa

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