Synopses & Reviews
The author of Yoga Journal's most-read column presents the first holistic guide to yoga
A user-friendly guide illustrated with 240 two-color photographs and illustrations, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit sets forth the tenets of this gentle yet rigorous exercise as no other book has. Integrating the teachings of every tradition, internationally renowned yoga instructor Donna Farhi reveals how yoga enhances the connections between the mind, body, and spirit. She outlines the seven simple movement principles that underlie all human motion and provides exercises to help readers understand how they can achieve all yoga postures. She also discusses the ten ethical precepts that are the foundation of all yoga teachings and explains how to incorporate them into a spiritually and emotionally rewarding inner practice.
At the heart of Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit are more than seventy-five yoga asanas or postures. Each is one pictured and described in detail, and they are arranged into related groups--including standing postures, sitting postures, arm balances, and breathing practices--or easy reference. A selection of yoga practices of varying lengths and levels of difficulty provides challenges and inspiration for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.
A huge resurgence of interest in yoga is sweeping the country. With its broad scope and holistic approach, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit is the ideal book for today's mainstream audience.
"A groundbreaking presentation on the practice of hatha yoga..." (Robert C. Miller, Ph. D.)
A renowned yoga instructor outlines the seven movement principles that underlie all human motion and provides exercises to help readers understand and achieve all yoga postures. She also discusses the ten ethical precepts that are the foundation of all yoga teachings. 240 2-color photos and illustrations.
The first book to unify all yoga styles and bring the understanding of yoga's mind-body connection clearly into the mainstream.
In this comprehensive guide, Donna Farhi, the internationally renowned yoga instructor and author of The Breathing Book, brings her holistic approach to this centuries-old Eastern practice. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit is the first book to present the vital essence of hatha yoga from a perspective that will enable Westerners to experience authentic yoga practice directly. Providing detailed instructions, practice tips, and inspiration for students at all levels, Donna Farhi works with universal movement principles that may be applied to all styles of yoga, including ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, and viniyoga.
At the heart of this book are seventy-five fully illustrated asanas, or postures, with descriptions of their executions and benefits. On every page Farhi's teaching gifts are evident, and through clear, easy-to-follow explanations you'll discover
xthe core movement principles that underlie all yoga practice
xthe philosophical precepts that are the foundation of a balanced life
xthe postures arranged into related groups--including standing postures, sitting postures, arm balances, and breathing practices--for quick and easy reference
xhome practice sessions outlined for the beginning and advanced student
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit is a practical, inspirational guide that will give you the tools to expand your yoga beyond the mechanics of physical exercise to an enriching and complete life practice.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -271).
About the Author
is a registered movement therapist and yoga teacher who is a much sought-after guest instructor and speaker throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of The Breathing Book
and has written for Yoga Journal
for over a decade. She lives in New Zealand.
Table of Contents
Living principles -- The seven moving principles -- The standing postures -- The sitting postures: forward bends and twists -- The back bends -- Arm balances and upside-down poses -- Restorative postures and breathing practices -- Putting it all together.