Can deep fulfillment, inner peace, happiness, and enlightenment be achieved through the teachings of yoga?

The answer is “YES!!!”

In the higher civilizations of ancient Vedic India, the great spiritual teachers known as “rishis” created the Four Ashrams (or stages of life) as a guide to help people living their lives with deeper meaning and purpose.

These four stages were designed to bring one greater health, longevity, inner peace, happiness, and ultimately: enlightenment, the highest purpose of life.

In this book a Western yogini brings these four stages to light for modern day readers of all faiths.

The book’s thought-provoking stories take us on an enthralling inner journey as rare interviews with spiritual teachers (such as the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa) nourish our souls and send our spirits soaring high.

The Four Stages of Yoga: How to Lead a Fulfilling Life is engaging, powerful, deeply inspiring, and has the potential to profoundly transform your life.

It is a must-read for everyone, on a yogic path or not, who is seeking to live a meaningful and joy-filled life.

“Others have written on this subject, but no one has captured it in such a profound yet personal way that touches one’s heart to the core. This book is a must-read . . .”Vanamali Devi, author of The Song of God and The Play of Rama

What Other Authors Are Saying

“In a most engaging way, Nischala Cryer explains the traditional stages of a yoga practitioner’s life by weaving into that paradigm the story of her own spiritual journey. She shares this journey, and deftly draws in the reader, by sharing fascinating stories and observations of her private interactions with some of today’s spiritual leaders. She excites us with her tale, while simultaneously reminding us that, in truth, the highest journey is always to be found in our own heart. Highly recommended for both students and teachers of yoga. You will be entertained and educated with a soft and lyrical touch. Inspiring!”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., founding member of Yoga Journal, author of nine books including Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation

“One of the first books that explains in detail what it means to live the four stages of yoga. This book is inspirational, scientific, and useful. An inspiring guide for life.”
—Amit Goswami, Ph. D., Quantum Physicist and author of The Self-Aware Universe and The Everything Answer Book

“I just finished reading The Four Stages of Yoga. It took me only two days, because I could not put it down. For the past four years I have been reading at least one book a week, and I have to say that very few of those works have provided me with the feeling of transcendent oneness that yours did. I was moved to tears many times as my heart swelled with love for the great souls mentioned in these pages. I believe this refreshing book will move many readers to consider the path of yoga in their own lives. Congratulations on such a wonderfully enlightening account.”
—Henry Huta, The Ancient Wisdom of Yoga Holistic Wellness Center, Florida, USA, doctoral candidate in Performance Psychology with a concentration in Yoga and Meditation

“Spiritual practitioners of all paths will find The Four Stages of Yoga’s framework practical, useful, and illuminating.”
—Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda and The Life of Yogananda

“This is the first book, written by a Westerner, on the four ‘ashrams’ or stages of life. Others have written on this subject, but no one has captured it in such a profound yet personal way that touches one’s heart to the core. This book is a must-read for all those interested in yoga and Hinduism, and for those who want to perfect their lives by diving into the vast spiritual heritage found in Sanatana Dharma.”
Vanamali Devi, author of The Song of God and The Play of Rama

“Ancient knowledge from the higher civilizations, when applied to everyday life, is reflected throughout this educational and entertaining book. An inspiring new contribution to the field of yoga, ideal for all ages!”
Walter Cruttenden, Founder of The Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK), author of The Lost Star of Myth and Time

“You buy this book to figure out what to do with your kids. You keep reading, because suddenly it is about yourself. Then you want to give it to your parents, or your grandparents, but you can’t, because soon you will become them and will need it yourself to guide your progress into, and through, the inevitable stages of life. This is a classic subject, but usually people write about it intellectually. I don’t think it has ever been done in this how-to-live way. Entirely practical, with life-changing implications.”
Asha Nayaswami, yogi in the fourth stage of life, author of Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him

“This book offers important insights to help anyone consciously use the natural rhythms of a lifetime for their own and others’ spiritual benefit. You will find insights, practical suggestions, wise counsel, large-hearted humor, and accessible inspiration no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Read it slowly and savor.”
Joseph Selbie, author of The Physics of God

“Through imaginative stories, true-life interviews, personal experiences, and ancient yogic wisdom, Nischala Cryer offers a vision of the purpose behind each stage of life. This book is a guide to living with fulfillment and enlightenment.”
Nayaswami Devi Novak, co-Spiritual Director of Ananda Sangha Worldwide, co-author of Touch of Joy: A Yogi’s Guide to Lasting Happiness

“This book is moving, entertaining, and full of wise insights for those engaged with yoga, nature, and the journey of life!”
Joseph Bharat Cornell, Founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, author of Deep Nature Play and AUM: The Melody of Love

About the Author

Nischala Cryer lives with her family at a remote meditation retreat in the Sierra Nevada Mountains outside of Nevada City, California. She is co-founder of Ananda University, a unique school offering “higher education for higher consciousness.” A former journalist and creative director, she has been a practitioner of Kriya Yoga for 35 years. She is author of The Four Stages of Yoga and Reflections on Living 30 Years in a Spiritual Community.

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