An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga

by Annie Besant

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Reproduction of the original: An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant

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ISBN-13: 9781393699798
Publisher: Skyline
Publication date: 08/19/2019
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Annie Besant was born 1 October 1847 in Clapham London to parents of Irish roots. After the early death of her father in 1852, the family were brought up in relative poverty and Annie was looked after by a friend of the family Ellen Marryat. This enabled Annie to gain a good education and travel around Europe.

In 1867, aged only 19, she married a clergyman Frank Besant, seven years her senior. They went to live in Sibsey, Lincolnshire, where Frank was a vicar. However, the marriage soon experienced difficulties. Annie became increasingly radicalised in her political views - whereas Frank was generally conservative. Annie instinctively supported the rights of workers and poor farmers. Annie also began writing, but her husband didn't allow her to keep her earnings. More seriously Annie began questioning the religion of her birth and, in 1873, she stopped receiving Communion because she no longer felt she could call herself a Christian.

"...but I could no longer attend the Holy Communion, for in that service, full of recognition of Jesus as Deity and of His atoning sacrifice, I could no longer take part without hypocrisy."

Annie Besant, An Autobiography Chapter IV

This was the final straw for the marriage and Annie left her husband taking her daughter to London. Looking back on her marriage, she reveals a temperament not suited to the Victorian expectations of a passive wife.

"...for under the soft, loving, pliable girl there lay hidden, as much unknown to herself as to her surroundings, a woman of strong dominant will, strength that panted for expression and rebelled against restraint, fiery and passionate emotions that were seething under compression-a most undesirable partner to sit in the lady's arm-chair on the domestic rug before the fire."

Annie Besant, An Autobiography Chapter IV

In London, she became noted for her radical political views. She espoused freedom of thought, women's rights, secularism, birth control and the rights of the working class.; she was also highly critical of the influence and teachings of Christianity.

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An Introduction to Yoga: Four Lectures Delivered at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, Held at Benares, on Dec. 27Th, 28Th, 29Th, 30Th 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating introduction to yoga from Theosophist Besant. Some real insights into yoga here.