Yogananda relayed many of his spiritual experiences throughout his lifetime in his extraordinary accounting of the stages of his spiritual unfolding in the seven hundred page book, "Autobiography of a Yogi." If you are on the Yogic path, this is one of the most highly recommended books about the practice of sadhana and the deepening experience of merging with God. If you do read "Autobiography of a Yogi," the footnotes themselves contain almost as much esoteric wisdom as the text proper.
The rich history of Yoga in America has been mined for material by a number of writers recently, and has produced several surprisingly...
In pre-Communist Russia, some credit a painter and aristocrat, named Nicolas Roerich, and his wife, with traveling to India to study Agni or Fire Yoga and bringing back the teachings around 1894. The man was nearly single-handedly responsible for Yoga in the Soviet Bloc; Vasily Brodov, was an intriguing figure. A Moscow native, born in 1912, he was a natural dissident who spent time in the gulags, and on the front lines, in World War II.
The yoga history was based in the civilization of Indus Valley; the techniques they used were practiced to initiate spiritual growth. The yogis encourages combination with the Atman (transitory self) the Brahman (eternal self).
Yoga has a deep hidden philosophy of life that harmonizes body, mind, and soul. The term was originated from a Sanskrit word 'Yuj' that means 'union' or 'joint'. As the name suggests so does the traditional spiritual activity reflects the true life's philosophy.