Refined Breathing: A Study of the New Yoga
Lectures by Rudolf Steiner: Selected and Arranged by Andrew Linnell
When Yoga was developed, the air itself was ensouled. Breathing then was a spiritual experience that connected the inner with the outer. Humanity has had to evolve, to develop Freedom. The spiritual world had to withdraw, even from the air that today is no longer ensouled. Our evolution is able now to ascend and for this we need to develop a new Yoga. Rudolf Steiner indicated how this can come about through the breathing of the four ethers that occurs through our sensory organs. This book is intended as a study guidebook that can be especially valuable in a study group.
About the Author
Andrew Linnell is the other co-founder and CEO of MysTech. He’s been retired since 2013 after a 42-year career in the computer industry. He had been the CTO of OmegaBand in Austin, TX. and has worked at EMC, Compaq, DEC, Wang Labs, and IBM. He is also currently the president of the Boston branch of the Anthroposophical Society and a member of the School for Spiritual Science. He is the father of three and the author of two children’s books and two history books: The Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance: Leonardo and the The Uncomfortable History of Christianity. He leads several MysTech study groups and has published four MysTech Study Guides to date.
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.