An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant

The book is broken up into four “lectures” and although there is no mention on asanas, it explains the basic principles behind the spiritual aspects of yoga, consciousness and the different stages of the mind. I recommend it to people who want to discover the origins of yoga and its involvement with body, mind and spirit.

Annie Besant was a British women’s rights activist, theosophist, writer and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. She spent most of her adult life advocating for India’s freedom and progress, and she’s well-known also for her role in the First Wave of Feminism, her open criticism to Christianity and to be one of the presidents of the Theosophical Society.

In 1909 she met Jiddu Krishnamurti, fourteen-years-old a the time, and they developed a very close bond so that she’s considered his surrogate mother. Their affection never changed and in 1929, concerned for his wellbeing after he declared his independence, she had purchased 6 acres (2.4 ha) of land near the Theosophical Society estate which later became the headquarters of the Krishnamurti Foundation India.


Title: An Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant

Release Date: December, 2002

Subject: History of Yoga and Consciousness

Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA

Available for: online reading, EPUB, Kindle, Plain Text UTF-8


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