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5.0 out of 5 stars This must be the best book on Yoga currently available., 23 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health (Hardcover)
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.
There is a wealth of detail in this book, which is a gift to practitioners and which draws deeply from the tremendous teaching experience of the Iyengars (a rather benign image of BKS himself crops up throughout the pages, but it has to be said that he looks startlingly ferocious demonstating Tadasana). Teachers will want this book, and will find plenty in it to quote to their students, but there is nothing here which will look too intimidating to beginners. This is a book which will be used a lot, so despite its high price, it is well worth having in hardback.
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