- 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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The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice Paperback – 1 Mar 1999
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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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Buy it, read it, but more importantly follow its wisdom.
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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Great book, very well written, very informative on so many aspects of Yoga. Lots of personal experience from Desikachar from childhood to present day, about his father, family... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessy
well written, easy to take in. Some pictures, but mostly the book is text. It is like a yoga textbook. A good introduction to all aspects of yoga.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
excellent .all as described. shipping on time. i am so happy to have it . kindly recommend to everyonePublished 6 months ago by milka