The Illustrated Light on Yoga Paperback – 17 Oct 2005
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Helpful guide to Yoga A neat, simple and clear guide to performing Yoga for the layman. B.K.S. Iyengar takes one through a step-by-step introduction to it and explains in detail how, when and what one should do to adopt Yoga for physical and mental health. --K.C. Krishnadas
Excellent Book A very excellent book and must buy for all who wants a good health of body, mind and soul....... I will recommend this book to all You dont need any other book on yoga apart from this book --Leadership
An excellent book -a must have for any yoga enthusiast This book is amazing. Yoga explained in the layman's terms. It provides simple steps for the beginner to help them perform difficult exercises like the Sirshasan. It is important that you read the text and then check against the photos given alongside as they help correct a number of mistakes most of us commonly make while trying out yogic exercises. A must have for all yoga enthusiasts. --Manoj Nair
About the Author
B.K.S. Iyengar is the world’s most respected yoga teacher. Widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West, his teaching practice has been hugely influential over decades. He lives and teaches in Pune, India.
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This is not a book that was designed to impress the reader, but produced in the true spirit of a guru to guide and encourage yoga students. Yes, the photographs are in black and white, but they are clear. (I particularly like the one with the sofa in the background; it demonstrates that it really is the content and not the style that is important, unlike many more modern yoga books.)
I've been studying BKS Iyengar's method of Patanjali's yoga for 11 years and teaching for 4; I always take Light on Yoga to classes and it often comes out of the bag to provide the answer to a question.
If you are just beginning your yoga journey, I'd also recommend BKS Iyengar's The Path to Holistic Health but start with Yoga Explained by Mira Mehta. This is a lovely book by one of Mr. Iyengar's most respected students and one of the UK's top teachers. A couple of steps along the path and you'll definitely need Light on Yoga; if you need some inspiration to encourage you, buy it now.
I have been practising yoga in classes for the last four years. I have made some progress but I am just not a flexible person. I often promise myself I will practice it every day but I don't so I only have myself to blame.
Yoga suffers from an image problem on occasions as when it is shown in magazines or on television the more extreme version of it are shown. Also celebrity endorsement doesn't help as it can attract people for the wrong reasons.
It is an unfashionable view but there is no simple secret of success other than constant practice.
The book is well illustrated so every move is clearly shown in a very unflashy way. because they are in black and white it can look a little old fashioned but this is about knowledge not clever presentation.
The cover illustration shown BKS Iyengar holding one toe as he leans forward on one leg is an example of showing a pose that although looks spectacular may be unattainable by most of us.
I agree with other reviewers that it may put off the beginner because the end result may not be achieved.
It is a classic text and no serious yoga follower should be without it.
It has encouraged me to redouble my efforts. A great book.
Anyone confused about the ways in which yoga transcends mere physical exercise (so associated with Iyengar and his block and blankets!) need only read the opening of Light on Yoga and just take the postures from there.
As a beginner, some of the postures look a bit intimidating but this has not put me off, as the week by week yoga course at the back of the book gives sequences of postures for beginners to the more advanced. This provides a structure that allows the student to develop and gradually improve.
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Apparently a classic, had to buy after yoga teacher recommended it. If you want to see pictures of a very bendy man in a loincloth, this is the book for you! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lou Peachy
If you are a beginner then possibly this is not the book for you ( like it happened to me)
Its written by one the masters of Yoga and definitely a very good book, possibly... Read more
This is something of a classic- written by BKS Iyengar himself. I bought it because I wanted to get a better understanding of yoga than I was developping from classes alone- to get... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nbk
One of the greatest books on yoga every to see print and every inch as important now as when it was first published.Published 2 months ago by Angela Carmel
The paperback copy I have (not the one pictures) is crappily bound but the information inside is priceless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew V.
I've bought numerous yoga books but this one is the yoga bible! Worth every penny and will last me a lifetime.Published 3 months ago by Trish