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Yoga Bible Paperback – 1 Jan 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: TickTock Books (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753721333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753721339
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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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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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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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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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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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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I think this book is very good but If I was just trying yoga for the first time I think I would have given up by now. I find it very informative but I could do with something in between a beginers and this one. I have done yoga before but have had a break of a number of years. So saying i will keep on using it.
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This book is a must. It has so much information about the different poses. At the back there is a great section on what poses to use in certain situations. So it can be used to set yourself a good yoga session with specific poses for you and how you feel. I have had a copy for too many years to count! This is a gift for a friend.
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I am very new to yoga and started on home DVD's . I bought this book to help me with the poses I was learning and also to help me customise my work out. The book has some great descriptions of how and why to use each pose. Each pose has a photograph and detailed instructions on how to work on the pose. There are suggestions on how the pose can be simplified for beginners. The book is very user friendly and emphasises the importance of making yoga work for you, removing the competitive element. There are some very advanced positions which look a little scary but which means that the book will probably be useful for quite some time.There is also a section on meditation, breathing exercises and different types of yoga. A great introduction to the subject. Only criticism: the pages don't stay open so it's hard to keep the book open in front of you whilst you attempt a new pose or are trying to improve upon one.
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