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Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health (Yoga for Living)by B K S Iyengar
Synopses & Reviews
Around the world, increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's leading teacher of yoga, shares his unique, holistic approach. For Iyengar, yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind, and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability, age, and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-degree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S. Iyengar's innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures. Without a doubt, Yoga: The Iyengar Way is the definitive guide to the practice of yoga by the master.
Book News Annotation:
More substantial than a how-to guide—although it serves this purpose as well—this volume, written by the well-known yoga teacher, discusses other aspects of the practice, including the history and philosophy of yoga, yoga and the modern world, yoga and stress, and the functions of each posture to benefit health, both mental and physical. All the postures are described in detail with many explanatory photos and inset tips on how to achieve the posture and its benefits. A large part of the book is devoted to plans for all types of ailments, with the series of postures depicted visually in sequence for each. Although this volume will appeal most to more advanced students, a 20-week course for beginners is included.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book instructs beginners, intermediate, and advanced students through the top yoga postures using nearly 2,000 photographs.
About the Author
B.K.S. Iyengar was born in India in 1918; he has been teaching and demonstrating yoga since the age of 17. He has been an innovative and exacting teacher for 60 years, and there are today 180 Iyengar Yoga institutes in 40 countries. Internationally recognized as a leading authority on hatha yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar has established the relevance of yoga to the treatment and cure of many illnesses and stress-related conditions. Iyengar has received many prestigious awards, including Doctor of Science from the United Nations Charter for Universal Peace, and Man of the Year in Yoga Education by the American Biographical Institute, and the Purna Swasthya Award from the World Federation of Societies of Holistic Medicine. His other books include classics such as Tree of Yoga (1993), Light on the Sutras of Patanjali (1993), Light on Yoga (1995), and The Illustrated Light on Yoga (1995).
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