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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007103107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007103102
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Hatha Yoga is not a religion.
It is not a physical fitness system.
It is not a stress management technique.
It is not a cult. It requires no strange beliefs.
It demands no blind faith.
There is no need for penance, confession, humiliation, or self-denial.
It is not a way of life with a special set of values and conventions.
You do not need to give up onions or meat,
burn incense, or wear prayer beads.
Hatha Yoga is more like a science and an art combined.
There is rigor and objectivity in its method.
There is beauty and inspiration in its expression.

The word "yoga" means union. It refers to union on many levels: union of muscle and muscle, bone and bone, union of movement and breathing, union of thought and action, body and mind. Hatha is one of the most popular and readily accessible forms of yoga: not simply a form of exercise, but meditation in action.

Hatha Yoga is a comprehensive survey of this branch of the yoga tree, taking in roots, philosophy, preparation and practice. The practical section tells you how it feels, what to wear, and when to do it, and is followed by 15 basic lessons. These lessons are fully illustrated with a step-by-step instruction on how to achieve and perfect the poses. Each lesson ends with a suggested practice session of between ten minutes and three quarters of an hour, fully illustrated with thumbnail pictures of all the postures for easy reference.

About the Author

Godfrey Devereux began teaching yoga in 1979 and has been teaching full time since 1989. He is currently Director of the Windfire Yoga residential yoga training centre in Ibiza, Spain.


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2001
Format: Paperback
The thing with all yoga books is that people always say "doesn't replace a class" but what these people forget is that yoga classes are only there to suppliment your OWN practice. That stage is where you need to be for this book, mainly because you need to have a good foundation to work with. Also because you need to have excepted that yoga is a life long practice and not a media fad.There is no way you are going to be able to do the postures picture perfect but the book brakes down the postures so that there is light at the end of the tunnel!! This book is perfect for when you feel like deepening you whole understanding, it is clear, and it also offers you time to go at your own pace.It also reminds us that all yoga is Hatha no matter whether astanga or not. Godfrey reminds us that yoga is as dynamic as we are at it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2002
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my love of yoga has brought me many many books. this one is way the best. even better than the authors dynamic yoga. why? because it gives a clear, step by step journey in fifteen stages, from knowing nothing to knowing all you need to know about what, why and how to practice. its like having your own teacher at home, available whenever you like, to take your further in your own time. the explantion of spirals and how they radiate out from the core into the whole body, integrating and stabilising each posture in basically the same way is the most helpful understanding of yoga practice i have ever encountered. use it.
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By Dawnymarie on 18 Oct. 2008
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As I am returning to Hatha after practising Kundalini for some time I knew that this was a vital book to have at hand. To refresh my mind of the alignment and foundations this is the best book I ever found.

The book is sectioned and presented in a user friendly way. Good photograph images demonstrate postures whilst clear and concise description ensure you are practicing safely.

I attend a yoga class but also have a home practice - this book is my bible for ensuring that I am in the correct position and bearing weight appropriately. I don't tend to work with the structured sequences now as I have worked through the whole book first time around - it brought me on in leaps and bounds in my practice and understanding - now I have it to hand as my reference for postures and alignment.

This is one of those books that you have to have if you are serious about a home practice - keeps you safe and empowers you with knowledge.

A fine book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bear Rug on 1 Jan. 2011
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I am quite pleased with this book. I find some of the names used a little confusing as they differ from what I'm used to. This is certainly a book I will delve into in the future. For now, though, other things hold my interest!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good, step by step introduction 23 May 2001
By sadhaka - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a decent set of 14 routines that build upon one another to introduce the important concepts and Asanas of modern yoga. Each coarse has a different focus, from relaxation, through rooting the feet, to strengthening the back with back bends. The asanas are mostly beginner's modifications with lots of pictures and text instruction based on what movements to do to come in and out of the postures with the breathing. In this way, it is a good introduction to yoga for beginners.
Problems with this text include:
1. It is not associated particularly with any one school. This can be good or bad. It is hard to find classes that teach yoga like that in the book, but it can be nice to find something that is new and not too dogmatic. Also, this work draws mostly from Iyengar and some Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga so it would not be totally foreign and could be integrated with classes somewhat.
2. There is not a lot of theoretical instruction, like in the author's excellent "Dynamic Yoga." The reader is encouraged to read this book, and I recommend it too, however, Hath Yoga: Breath by Breath seems like a series of progressive beginners routines for people who were unsatisfied with routines in the earlier book. As a work on it's own, it seems almost incomplete. However, this is perhaps only because the previous book was so rich, and this one cannot compare.
3. There are, perhaps, better beginner's books out there. Yoga: Mastering the Basics, for instance is and excellent beginners book which is not associated with any one style particularly.
So, I would recommend this book highly to people who enjoyed Dynamic Yoga and are looking for a more graded approach to learning the asanas, and to a lesser degree, to any beginner looking for a very gradual, graded introduction to asana.
Great book, especially for beginners 30 Dec. 2014
By Ana P. Amaya Ciotti - Published on Amazon.com
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As a beginner yogi, I had borrowed this book from a friend and I liked it so much I decided to get a copy for myself. The pictures are very useful and I found the step-by-step guide to be clear and easy to follow. The theoretical instruction isn't very extensive which I think makes it great for beginners. If you are a more experienced and knowledgeable yoga practitioner you might find it a little basic, although I can totally see myself using it for years and going back to it as I become more experienced.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a definitive guide 3 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Godfrey Devereux encapsulates in this book the entire process of Hatha Yoga. Utilising the postures which are commonly identified with this Yoga form, Godfrey leads you to to a full realisation of this Yoga method. Be prepared to move beyond the physical as you begin your journey into the unknown.
Very good 27 May 2013
By emma - Published on Amazon.com
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I got the book after some weeks. Its a nice book and I happily use it for many years from now :-)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a definitive guide 3 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Godfrey Devereux encapsulates in this book the entire process of Hatha Yoga. Utilising the postures which are commonly identified with this Yoga form, Godfrey leads you to to a full realisation of this Yoga method. Be prepared to move beyond the physical as you begin your journey into the unknown.
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