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Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health [Hardcover]

B. K. S. Iyengar , Daphne Razazan
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1 Mar 2001
Around the world, increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide B.K.S. Iyengar. the world's leading teacher of yoga, shares his unique, holistic approach. For Iyengar, yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability, age and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-dgree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S Iyengar's innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; First Editiion edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751321672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751321678
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 22.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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B.K.S. Iyengar was born in India in 1918 and has been teaching yoga for 60 years. Today there are 180 Iyengar Yoga Institutes in 40 countries. Internationally recognized as a leading authority on hatha yoga, B.K.S. has established its relevance to the treatment and cure of many illnesses and stress-related conditions. Iyengar has received many prestigous awards, including Doctor of Science from the United Nations Charter of Peace, Man of the Year in Yoga Education from the American Biographical Institute and the Purna Swasthya Award from the World Federation of Societies of Holistic Medicine. At the age of 90, Iyengar still practices yoga, as well as travelling the world teaching and lecturing. This bestselling title B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: Path to Holistic Health has been translated into 18 languages and he is the author of 15 other books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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123 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Many people come to yoga from the perspective of health improvement. I am one of them. The path to yoga is often difficult in this case. You don't feel well, and those who instruct you are usually not yoga teachers. You get just a little dab to help you relax before meditating or as a supplement to an improved diet. Without knowing more, you do not know if you want to take on a lot of yoga. Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health is perfect for such health seekers. You will learn what asanas (poses or postures) can be used for what ailments, and the illustrations will help you use these asanas without an instructor.
I wish I had seen this book before having surgery recently. I did not know that there were asanas for improving my condition, and I might have avoided a procedure that has caused me much discomfort and inconvenience.
This book is a beginner's work, aimed at those who know almost nothing about yoga. As such, it is perfect for those who want to try some yoga to see what the health benefits might be. In my case, my brief exposure to yoga during meditation training led me to be interested in doing more. I found, though, that some asanas seemed to be hurting me. I was doing something wrong, but had no way to correct myself. Now, with this volume, I can see how to self-correct my practice. I also found asanas for what I want to accomplish that are easier on my middle-aged physique.
The illustrations give you the asana from 360 degrees, which is very helpful. He uses a range of models, so you will see both women and men performing the asanas. You are also told how to do them as a beginner. Each asana contains a caution section about who and when you should avoid this position. Mr.
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This is BKS Iyengar at his best - a beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide for all, from beginners to the more experienced,with special sections on reducing stress and how to treat and/or prevent a wide range of ailments. The instructions on how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, are clear and easy to follow, and there is a unique 360-degree picture of the final pose which shows you exactly how it should be done.The Self-Correction boxes showing 'right and wrong' pictures cover most of the common faults we make and are extremely helpful -use a mirror or find a friend to help you correct yourself.And the list of Benefits for each asana tells us exactly what effects it has on our bodies, inside and out, - essential information for the Holistic Health approach.
The section on Yoga for Stress, explains how yoga can counter the stresses of modern living and shows with clear illustrations how the use of props can help to achieve the asanas without strain, and so create a feeling of peace and relaxation. The section on Yoga for Ailments is one of the most clear and comprehensive I have read, and gives sequences of asanas, using props, to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments we have all heard about, even if we do not suffer from any of them ourselves, again clearly illustrated.
Finally, there is a easy to follow 20-week course taking you from simple to more complex asanas, with guidelines and suggestions for beginners. If you follow his instructions I feel quite sure you will achieve harmony in body,mind and spirit and understand that yoga is a holistic experience.
This is the book we have all been waiting for! Everything you need to know is covered in simple language you can understand accompanied with excellent, clear illustrations.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough introduction to yoga 13 Feb 2002
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This has everything the yoga practitioner- beginner or advanced - could need. Helpful sections on how to hold the correct postures, asanas for different ailments, props needed and a glossary of the asanas. It is illustrated throughout and has a section on anatomy to help you understand the benefits of the asanas on the body.
Not a cheap book but well worth the price.
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BKS Iyengar's light continues to shine brightly with this beautifully produced and highly useful book. It has a number of sections, starting with a lucid account of the principal benefits of Yoga practice and a brief summary of Yoga philosophy. This is followed by lavishly illustrated descriptions of a selection of classic poses. The two subsequent sections are probably the main attraction of this book for teachers, with extended sections on Yoga for stress and a 150-page section illustrating particular sequences for particular ailments. The final chapter suggests a somewhat ambitious 20 week Yoga course. The book concludes with a better-than-usual index.
This book is far more user-friendly than 'Light on Yoga', and it is very comprehensively illustrated. In line with the recent emphasis evident in the Iyengars' teaching, the stress is on correct performance of the basic poses. This is not a book for those wanting to do impressive-looking advanced poses; however, it will promote safe and correct practice and is useful for those interested in any form of Yoga. The chapter of classic poses is limited to a selection of only 23 asanas (the subsequent chapters include more, shown with the use of props). Throughout the book, the standard of illustration is exceptional; the 'Classic Poses' section shows how to get in the pose (with boxes listing benefits and cautions) and this is followed by double page spreads showing the full asana pictured from eight different angles. The reference section has some detailed anatomical drawing, although it is intruiging to note that the heart is not included in the internal organs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent a must have if you like yoga
excellent a must have if you like yoga, informative clear and quite encouraging to get you mindful for yoga work, lovely book
Published 1 month ago by kathy gifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
I bought this book after attending local yoga classes and deciding I want to practice at home as well.
It was a decision I do not regret at all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by klaudyna
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have library choice for any yogi
Straightforward and clear instructions on this alignment focused practice. Multiple angle shots enable a 360 degree view of the main poses. Modifications offered. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SC
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality and masses of details for the asanas
This is a very thorough and well written book. It breaks the poses down in great detail providing tips and safety considerations. A great buy
Published 8 months ago by Miss C. Hayhurst
2.0 out of 5 stars not very complete, not very useful
I don't think you'll find here anything that you wouldn't learn in one or two beginners' classes, seriously. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marta Riba Ocaña
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Yoga books
One of the purest forms of Yoga personified. i have been practising Iyengar Yoga for over 3 years and I highly recommend this book.
Published 10 months ago by Kartik Krishnan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the yoga bible!
I have started doing Yoga recently and I was looking for a book that would help me practicing the asanas correctly. This is THE book. May look pricey, but it is worth every penny. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Culture Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book very well illustrated from a great Yoga guru who has been practicing what he preaches for many years. I have benefitted a lot from obtaining a copy
Published 14 months ago by rara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It's a great reference book which has helped me many a time with various ailments and how to correct my posture.
Published 14 months ago by Delpy Maryline
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC book to compliment an Iyengar yoga's class
excelent book with very clear pictures and explanations. It should be called Iyengar's yoga bible. They concentrate on the physical and also holistic and spiritual parts of yoga. Read more
Published 16 months ago by alfredo
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