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Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha [Paperback]

Swami Satyananda Saraswati
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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bihar School of Yoga,India; 4 Reprint edition (6 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8186336141
  • ISBN-13: 978-8186336144
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contents: Introduction to Yoga; Asana: Beginners Group -- Pawanmuktasana Series; Part 1: Anti-rheumatic Group; Part 2: Digestive/Abdominal Group; Part 3: Shakti Bandha Asanas; Yoga Exercises for the Eyes; Relaxation Asanas; Meditation Asanas; Vajrasana Group of Asanas; Standing Asanas; Surya Namaskara; Chandra Namaskara. Asana: Intermediate Group -- Padmasana Group of Asanas; Backward Bending Asanas; Forward Bending Asanas; Spinal Twisting Asanas; Inverted Asanas; Balancing Asanas. Asana: Advanced Group. Pranayama; Bandha; Mudra; Shatkarma; Psychic Physiology of Yoga; Therapeutic Index; Index of Practices.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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179 of 179 people found the following review helpful
Published by the Bihar School of Yoga in India, this book aspires to be a university-level academic and practical studfy book, acknowledging both Western and Indian health traditions. It is very comprehensive with easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions as to how to perform the exercises, along with clear illustrations. It covers Asana – the stretching exercises (which many people confuse as the be-all and end-all of yoga) – basice, intermediate and advanced, Pranayama – the breathing exercises, Bandha – holding exercises to control the flow of “prana” energy in the body, Mudra – gestures and positions to promote the flow of psychic energise in the body, Shatkarma – methods of physical cleansing of the body (some rather grim) so as to better perform the exercises, and an introduction to Yogic physiological theory – chakras, prana and the like.
I like this book because it does not reinforce the Western body-mind separation inherent in our habitual distinction between Yoga (more correctly Asana) and Meditation, but treats both as part and parcel of the pursuit of holistic health and spirituality. However the book is versatile enough for one to pick and choose exercises as one likes. There is also a very handy therapeutic index at the back which advises which exercises are most appropriate to which ailments.
This is the only book that I refer to on an almost daily basis. I have to admit that I haven’t got an adonis body or achieved oneness with Godhead yet, nor have I even attempted any of the intermediate or advanved asanas, but these things can take time – and I’m feeling better all the time.
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162 of 164 people found the following review helpful
It is difficult to find a book which really stands apart from other books on Yoga, and this book really does. Swami Satyananda's covers all aspects of Hatha Yoga in a very detailed way. Each and every asana is explained in step by step easy to follow manner. Nothing is missed out. It has a beginner, intermediate and advanced sections to suit all and also to progress slowly and steadily which is the real key in Yoga practice. There are seperate sections on Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Shatkarma making it a comprehensive treatise. It has an appeal for both a beginner and advanced student of yoga. Benefits and contraindications of all asanas are given. Those looking for a hatha yoga book with spiritual insight will also find very informative. On the whole this is the best book on Hatha Yoga I have read and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By W. John
The Bihar School have made a wonderful reputation for themselves by teaching yoga, and publishing books on yoga, using carefully researched and tested information of the highest quality.

I use the book all the time - I teach yoga, to people wanting to lose weight, relax, to excited kids and people who are sick, pregnant, or have some physical problem, and I find the advice and suggestions (from the therapeutic index at the back) incredibly useful.

I use the segmented structure to manage my classes - teaching the first series to all beginners, and selecting asanas (yoga postures) from the other sections as my students need - depending on the advice from the index. I depend on this book to check any doubt when it comes to a yoga pose or a student's special needs - the illustrations and descriptions of the poses, references to prana/energy movements and focus points, and carefully listed contra-indications have never let me down.

And I think if you are practising at home without a teacher this could be the bible of yoga you need - with the clear line drawings, you are more likely to get the pose right without a teacher, than with other more lavishly illustrated photo-guides where its not always clear how to get into the position. I've learned quite most of my more advanced asanas or postures from this book.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A teaching "Bible" 31 July 2004
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As BWY teacher, this was one of the main course books we referred to during training and is therefore something of a bible. It is very easy to follow and gives both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga techniques which are easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for yoga teachers 5 Jun 2011
When doing my Yoga Teacher Training course with the BWY, this book was one of the books on the recommended books list...and for very good reason.

If you teach yoga, this is one of those must have resources for yoga teachers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yoga Book I Own 8 Nov 2011
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This book covers almost everything you will ever need to know about Satyananda style yoga. It starts by intoducing very simple preparatory exercises and progresses through to very advanced asanas with good line drawings throughout. It also covers breathing. cleansing and spiritual practices in depth. I have been dipping in and out of yoga for 20 years and can honestly say this is the best yoga book I have ever owned!!
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One of the best book I bought value for money. It is full of informations compare to some others books.
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book with all the asanas, mudras and pranayama in. Perfect for my course. And with pics to help guide you.
Published 5 months ago by jennifer rainford
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Great bible with all relevant info for each asana, the mental, physical and emotional subtle bodies can all be worked on.
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This was a riveting read, I couldn't put it down and will definately read again. What could be a dry subject has been told in an enchanting tale. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone learning and advanced stages of yoga
A Great book for all the basics and advanced stages of learning yoga - asana pranayama does what you'd expect - with great depth on everything it covers
Published 6 months ago by jon dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This is a stunningly easy book to read. Clear, concise and aspirational. It would be a well-thumbed addition to any yoga enthusiasts props.
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Makridakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I could only recommend this book. I'm a Asana/Meditation teacher myself and I use this book ALL THE TIME. It's got everything in it. Read more
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