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The Illustrated Light on Yoga Paperback – 17 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (17 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8172236069
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172236069
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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As one previous reviewer says, if there is one reason not to buy this book, it's because it may be disheartening for complete beginners to see the more advanced poses performed by BKS Iyengar at the peak of his abilities.

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.
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A more thorough examination of Yoga practice has yet to be written. Mr Iyengar describes with obvious joy the great benefits that were bestowed upon mankind by the god Patanjali who became mortal in order to understand our suffering and in doing so discover a means for us to escape it. The method of release Patanjali discovered he called 'Yoga' - the Path. Postures and Breathing excercises are described succinctly and include background as to the origins of their names and forms. The course provided, while a little beyond the reach of the complete beginner (and therefore the books only real flaw, as not being able to keep up could cause some to become disheartened) is surely compensated by its thoroughness. Backed up by the guiding hand of an experienced teacher this book and its emphasis on getting up and starting now is very much the light one should carry while on the Path of the Yoga Sutras themselves. Buy it, read it and start now!
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I'm buying my third copy today after using my first 2 for the past 25+ years. It is the reference book for yoga. I'm now an IYENGAR yoga teacher but had used this book for my own practice and to understand more about the philosophy of yoga as well as about the postures which are so well defined through photos - yes it is in black and white but this helps the clarity of the illustrations. you won't want to read it cover to cover today, but it'll be the one you keep coming back to for more. So yes get back on your mat now - but order this to take on holiday - definitely my desert island book. I'm still learning something new everytime I look at a picture in it.
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I have had a copy of an earlier print of this book for about 15 years. It takes careful reading but this guy really knows what he is talking about. Its not a pretty coffee table book but a very practical manual for those who are quite serious about progressing with yoga.
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Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

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.
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A classic. It is possible to teach yourself yoga using this book. I've seen it done. Having started with Iyengar's yoga before exploring the more contemporary, fluid creative styles of yoga available to us in the west, I highly recommend this path... his teachings, his teachers and this book. Learn to walk before you run.

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.
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This book is amazing. It is so in-depth but at the same time simple to follow. I love the fact that Mr Iyengar really goes into the mental and physical benefits of each posture, it's made me aware of all the health benefits.

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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