February 14, 2007
The Wesier Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick
By Nancy Wasserman
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 2007)
Pages: 126 - Price: $12.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
For those inquiring minds interested in the secret aspects of yoga as applied to magick, and as explored by Aleister Crowley, this is an ideal book. It is not just a yoga book, rather it is the nature of yoga and what it can really do for the whole person. Nancy Wasserman is a dedicated occultist who has been practicing the magickal system of Aleister Crowley for many years, and she has contributed to many publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and editor, James Wasserman.
The main theme of this fine nonfiction work is that the physical body is the authentic living temple of the Holy Spirit. This book gives sound advice on how to make the body that holy temple.
Whatever you interest and pathway, this book is invaluable reading for its keen insights into yoga. It tells you how to make yoga an intricate and intimate part of you daily life.
The book is nicely arranged into two major parts. Part one covers the origin of yoga, yoga as a physical discipline, and the wheels of light known as the chakras. Part two covers the topics of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, mantra yoga, pratyhara, and advanced yoga practices known as samyama. The glossary is self-explanatory and clearly stated. Appendix one covers the important "Middle Pillar," and appendix two covers two solar workings with the Salutations to the Sun and Liber Resh vel Helios. An added treat to this gem of a book is the bibliography!
For something both helpful and inquisitive, Yoga for Magick is excellent reading. If you are interested in the secrets of yoga, this is the book for you. The illustrations and photographs make for added learning enjoyment.
I would recommend this book to any person interested in what yoga can achieve for the human body in all aspects -- physical, mental, and spiritual. Congratulations to the author on one of the finest yoga books written in the past thirty years.
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