Q. What do you do?
A. We are dedicated to publishing excellent and affordable books about Yoga.
Q. Why were you started?
A. Most books on Yoga are not very good. Books published in the West tend to be highly repetitive introductory works churned out by publishers attempting to cash in on Yogas current popularity. Books published in India are often reprints of books originally published many decades ago, full of all kinds of errors, and only sporadically available. Our books have none of these shortcomings.
Q. When were you started?
A. Our first title went on sale in 2002.
Q. Why YogaVidya.com?
A. Yoga you know, and .com you know. Vidya is a Sanskrit word meaning wisdom, knowledge, lore, or science. So YogaVidya.com is the place to discover the wisdom of Yoga.
Q. Why Read the Originals?
A. Our books take you straight to the source. Theyre authoritative.
Q. Can I have a free sample?
A. Yes! Free samples are available here.
You can also read what Dasgupta wrote about Yoga practice, Yoga meditation, the Gita and Yoga, and a second, longer piece on Yoga practice.
We also have what Danielou wrote about the technique of Yoga, the object and method of Hatha Yoga, yama and niyama, asanas, bandhas and mudras, purificatory acts, pranayama, pratyahara; dharana, dhyana, and samadhi; chakras and kundalini; and the siddhis.
Q. I liked the sample. Where can I buy the whole book?
A. Your options are laid out right here.
Q. I liked the whole book. Where can I share my opinion of it?
A. Write a review for an online bookstore. Its as easy as 1-2-3 to post a review on Amazon.com:
1) Go to Amazon.com and search for your books title. Click on the link and go to your books page.
2) Click on the customer reviews link, located just beneath the title and author.
3) Click on the Create your own review button and follow the directions.
Q. Whats the cheapest way to get your books?
A. Order directly from us, either six or more at 40% off or a complete set.
Q. I want to read your next book. How do I sign up for an alert?
A. Click here and then click send.
Q. I teach a course. How do I obtain desk copies?
A. Fill out and submit our Desk Copy Request Form.
Q. I teach a course. How do I incorporate your chapters into my custom textbook?
A. Its easy! Just go to Professors Choice.
Q. I would like to excerpt your book(s). How do I request permission?
A. Fill out and submit our Permission Request Form.
Q. I would like to write a book for you. How do I go about it?
A. Go to Submissions.
Q. How do I contact you?
A. Go here.
Q. Are you connected with anybody else?
A. No. We are completely independent of any commercial, governmental, educational, or religious institutions.
Q. Are you a university press?
A. No. We have the same rigorous standards (higher actually), but our books are for the intelligent public, as well as for specialists.
Q. Are you a self-publisher?
A. No. The founder translated the first book himself just to get the ball rolling. All subsequent titles are written or translated by others.
Q. Why dont your hardcovers have dust jackets?
A. A dust jacket would add well over three dollars to the price of the book. The hardcovers are bound in a durable 100%-cotton-fabric, acrylic-filled cover, so they dont really need extra protection. Also note that online booksellers tend to show the paperbacks colorful cover image on the hardcovers page, but the hardcovers are blue with a gold-stamped spine.
Q. Are all your books printed on acid-free paper?
A. Yes. The paper used in our books meets the requirements of the American National Standards Institute/National Information Standards Organization Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives, ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992.
The paper is also uncoated, has a low brightness rating, and is elemental chlorine freeall environmentally friendly traits.
Q. Why are you a commercial venture? Why are you charging money for holy books?
A. It takes money (and time, and expertise, and technology) to publish books. The translators worked for many months on their books, during which time they had to pay for food, electricity, housing, and so forth. Then we had to pay the paper mill, the printer, the warehouser, the truckers, etc. Now the bookstores will not carry the books unless the books contribute to paying their rent, payroll, utilities, etc.
Are you offering to pay all these expenses?
And if someone were to step forward and pay for all this and we offered the book for free, then speculators would scoop them all up and sell them at a profit on eBay and other online and off-line venues around the world.
If you contact Motilal Banarsidass, Munshiram Manoharlal, or any other publisher, you will see that they are also charging for their books, and for the same reasons.
Getting money from readers (instead of a school, a temple, or a government) gives us complete editorial independenceand gives you the assurance that youre getting the real stuff.
Q. Are you doing this for the money?
A. If we were doing this for the money, we would do things quite differently. First, we would charge more for each book. Second, we would dumb the books down to reach a wider audience. Third, we would invent and trademark some new kind of Yoga. Fourth, this new Yoga would require many levels of initiationand very expensive initiation fees. In fact, maybe tithing would be in order. And a pyramid scheme . . .
See how different what were doing is? Just great books at good prices.
Q. Who gave you the right to publish these books? You are stealing Indias heritage!
A. The classic Yoga texts are centuries old and now belong to nobody and everybody. No one has the authority to restrict publication. No permission is required. No theft is involved. These books are published everywhere in the world and sold throughout the world after translation into every language: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and many others.
You may want to contact any lawyer in any country and ask them to explain the basics of copyright and the public domain. If you furthermore ask them if our works are illegal in any way, you will be told that they are not. You can also discover these facts yourself on the Internet and save yourself the legal fees.
Q. Why do you publish secret knowledge?
A. An excellent question. Here are four reasons why:
1) Because the cat is already out of the bag. Tens of millions of people around the world are currently practicing some form of Yoga. (And if you think about it a moment, you may conclude that this knowledge was being propagated centuries and millennia ago. Otherwise, why would the classical authors attempt to enjoin its dissemination?)
2) Everyones knowledge is incomplete. YogaVidya.com exists to deepen peoples knowledge of the tradition. For those who are suited to this practice, it is important to have this knowledge available.
3) Even when this knowledge is publicly available, those who are not ready will not visit this site; if they visit, they will not read; if they read, they will not practice; if they practice, they will not stick with it. Thus it remains hidden even when in full view.
4) Open knowledge is robust and alive and growing; secret knowledge is fragile and fragmented and will eventually die. For Yoga to grow in a healthy, aware, informed manner, its practitioners need high-quality information.
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