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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2 edition (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089281764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892817641
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Read this book from cover to cover and you will begin to understand what yoga is all about.” (The Sunday Times)

“Those who are interested in understanding what yoga is about, those who are looking for a larger context and focus for their hatha practice, those who look to the Yoga Su-tra for guidance, and all those who have loved and benefited from Krishnamacharya and/or Desikachar, directly or indirectly, will want this book.” (Yoga International)

“An invaluable source of information regarding the theory and practice of yoga. A must for students and teachers alike.” (Indra Devi, author of Yoga for You)

“Desikachar speaks from the heart with tenderness as well as an engineer's careful attention to details and individuality.” (LA Yoga, January 2011)

"I can think of no better book to recommend to a friend beginning to be excited by yoga but bewildered by the plethora of different schools and their sometimes-conflicting teachings. In addition, I would be hard-pressed to think of a book I would recommend more highly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practice . . . The great gift of  The Heart of Yoga lies not simply in the depth of Desikachar's learning, but in the compassion, gentleness, practicality, and down-to-earth spirit that permeate the book." (Yoga Journal)

" . . . a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world." (Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000)

About the Author

A structural engineer by training, T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability and currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.


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a beautiful and inspiring book about viniyoga, as it used to be called, which is one of the more fluid ways of practising yoga asana, full of compassion for oneself - the practice demands honesty and dedication but not pain, unlike some! tailored to the individual, not demanding that the individual attempt what may be impossible for his/her unique body and aptitude. desikachar is an authentic yoga master
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TKV Desikachar, a living Yogi, discusses the theory and practice of Yoga as laid down by his father Krishnamacharya, and based upon his own personal practice. It is a Viniyoga manual - yoga adapted to the needs of the individual, and as such will appeal to students and teachers from all branches of yoga. The book is divided into three parts. Part I "The Practice of Yoga" talks about asana and pranayama, and gives some useful sequences. Part II "The understanding of Yoga", deals with right thought and overcoming obstacles. And Part III, "The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali" which offers a translation and commentary of this ancient text. This book also includes some interesting interview / question and answer sections. Which are most useful at gaining a deeper insight into the purpose and proper practice of yoga. Om Shanti
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"The Heart of Yoga" s a modern classic, a simple, unpretentious insight to the Yoga approach of T. Krishnamacharya as told by his son and student. It encompasses the truth behind the Yoga experience like no other and is renowned throughout the Yoga community worldwide as a masterpiece.

Buy it, read it, but more importantly follow its wisdom.
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This book by a respected practioner is valuable for several reasons. One, it emphasises the role the breath plays in bringing the asana to 'life', drawing on traditional sources and texts. Second, it offers a simply laid out translation of Patanjalis yoga sutras - accessible to a beginner. Third it offers an explanation of kundalini missing in other texts.
The only curiosity or question mark is, why is the translation of 'ha' and 'tha' at variance with the majority of translations and texts? Was this just an oversight or error?
An accessible book, combining philosophy and practice without 'dumbing-down'
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a beautiful introduction to yoga and translation of Patanjali. may all beings find happiness and the root of happiness. e cosi' sia.
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This is the most informative single book on yoga - it's depth is just right to give you a very good understanding of yoga and more importantly what is required for a self-practice.
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This is about developing a personal practise with the focus being on contstructing and talioring your session to your own current needs on a daily basis. It uses uncomplicated languarge and is very easy to understand even for a beginner. Highly recommend this for students and teachers.
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I am trainIng to be a yoga teacher after 17 years practice. I have had this book 4 years and still come back to it as a reference point. It was highly recommended to me and now I share that with you.
Om shanti!
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