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Christina Brown
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6 July 2009 Godsfield Bibles
Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits their personal needs and abilities.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Godsfield Press (6 July 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1841813680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841813684
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well-researched guide to the ancient art of yoga Includes advice on counter poses and easier options Beautifully presented and fully illustrated: over 170 postures illustrated in step-by-step sequence

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Christina Brown lives and breathes the philosophy of a natural life. A long-time yoga and complementary medicine practitioner, she has studied and taught yoga internationally. She runs Yoga Source in Sydney, Australia, where she also conducts workshops on Ayurveda and Anti-Aging Facial Yoga.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Thorough 9 April 2007
The book is wonderfully descriptive with easy to follow guides on over 150 different yoga postures. Each of the positions has one or more colour photographs to show you how it's done, along with different variations of the posture.

It includes breathing instructions, mudras, and various other little bits and pieces near the end, again, with pictures and just as easy to understand as the rest.

It's a must have for beginners since it's so clear and understandable, and a useful tool for the more advanced as a reference.

Highly reccomended
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually good reference book 3 May 2010
I'm a trainee yoga teacher and this is quite possibly my favourite asana/posture book in my fairly large library of yoga texts. Things I like which justify my 5 star rating and recommendation of the book to other readers are:

1. It is not aligned to any particular school of yoga. The majority of postures you'd find in Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Bikram and Bihar schools are listed.

2. Unusually this book also gives build-up poses and counter-poses for each posture. It also identifies what the effect (energising, calming, strengthening etc.) for each pose is. You won't find these things in many other books and it's useful if you practise on your own to be aware of this and want to construct your own lesson plans.

3. Multiple modifications to make any posture easier or harder are also identified. I think these are clearly explained and practical.

4. The author is strong on alignment and also the subtler aspects of yoga. The language makes it clear that it's not about getting the perfect pose, but about experiencing the sensation of the posture in your body.

I concede the point raised by one reviewer that the photographs demonstrating the postures are of the full expression and not for the beginner or intermediate positions. Because of this I'd agree that the book will be most valuable to those who are fairly experienced. That said, I think it can be helpful to see the full posture and start working towards it as a long term goal measured in years rather than months. It would have been useful if the author had further categorised each posture into Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Accessible 3 May 2004
As an amateur / beginner yogi, I found this book extremely informative and accessible. The photographs as fantastically illustrative and the text is simple and straightforward. The book clearly explains how to start of with the very basics, and build yourself up at your own pace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the more advanced 11 July 2009
This is a good little yoga bible with over 170 yoga positions as it says. It seems to be more for the advanced practitioner and if you are this advanced then you will probably like the variety of images and the accompanying information on how to get into the pose, what the counter poses are, where you should gaze and what the effect of that pose is. The build up pose and lightening hints are useful too.

It doesn't get five stars because it could be improved by being ring-bound so that you could lie it flat and maybe have a half page or full page for each position.

Otherwise, a good buy if you are aiming for this high standard.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me discouraged for some reason. 15 May 2009
By Henny
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I normally love the 'Bible' series of books and indeed have 3 or 4 on various subjects but for some reason this one left me feeling abit discouraged.

I have been practising yoga for about 5 years but do still consider myself at the beginner stage. Without doubt all the main poses are in the book (and then some) but each and everyone was illustrated by what looked like contortionists. Instead of inspiring me this just gave me a feeling of disconnection.

I think they would have been better to show 2 people doing each pose one advanced and one 'normal' person so the rest of us can engage.

I am in my late 40's and wanted a book that would also show modifications of each pose - they do suggest modifications but I would have liked to see images of those too.I bought Suza Francina's 'Yoga for the over 50's' at the same time and I miles prefer that one, which is funny cos I only ordered it on a whim.

I now realise (after reading the Yoga over 50's book) that Iyengar yoga is probably the style of yoga that I most indentify with and as such will stick more in that zone when choosing material next time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A handy book to have 4 July 2011
This is a very handy book to have when learning postures. However, it can be a little long winded where something could be explained much simpler the book goes into too much detail and can be a little confusing at times. But the pictures are brilliant and it's a handy size to carry around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a guide to follow at home. 19 Nov 2012
By arniex2
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This book is ok, the pictures are very good and the descriptions of how to get into a posture are easy to follow, it includes counterposes and modifications, some modifications need more detailing. It also covers the eight limbs of yoga which is nice to see. However, being a yoga teacher myself, I find it annoying that the translations from sanskrit are not always correct, probably due to western interpretations but it would be nice to see the true translations.
It isn't a major problem if you just want a book to use as a guideline to some of the asanas. There are also the chapters that go over mudras, kriyas and pranayama, they do not cover all aspects but it gives a few general techniques. If you are just simlpy looking for something to follow at home, as well as attending a class with a fully qualified teacher then this would be fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE YOGA BIBLE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is so comprehensively, usefully well written when it comes to the asanas (postures), one of the best out there. Very compact in size too for travel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M.F
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Book arrived in perfect condition. Very handy for my journey into yoga teaching. Very pleased with it. Lots of poses to practise and teach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to follow
This book was recommended to me by my Yoga instructor. It is very easy to follow and give a vast number of opportunitites to make the exercises easier, while stille showing the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Line
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book!
Really useful book outlining many yoga postures, from beginner to advanced level. Also has a brief background of Yoga, poses for ailments/illnesses and other helpful tips!
Published 4 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars All asana easily accessible
As a yoga teacher I love having this book to hand as it has such a wide range of asana. The book is small in size so fits in my bag so I carry this with me all the time
Published 5 months ago by Anja
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
bought this for my husband as stocking filler as we have just taken up yoga. he loves it - and can practice at home - but also gives a good insight into the theory behind the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Really informative and helpful for use along with Yoga classes/DVD's - handy for a few stretches if you dont want to do a whole session.
Published 6 months ago by Ammie Eliza
5.0 out of 5 stars THE bible of yoga
I do actually use this as my yoga bible, with little post-its and everything! Great for quick reference and useful tips.
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This book is yoga and this book is easy to read and follow, it is divided into part depending on what you want from your YOGA session.
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