Yoga Bible Paperback – 1 Jan 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book especially for quick reference to poses. Very concise with clear instructions and illustrations.Published 15 days ago by LF
Really handy to have this close by when I'm doing yoga, easy to read and informative, great buy for aspiring yogis everywhere.Published 25 days ago by Admac
I purchased this book as my sister recommended it. I've recently taken up yoga and wanted to not only learn about the individual poses but also the theory behind yoga. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emma Griffin
A great book to flick through when thinking of different stretches/poses to do or to refresh the memory after trying something in a class environment.Published 2 months ago by Sarah C
I am a trainee yoga teacher and whilst this book is definately helpful the index is extremely frustrating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by claudine
Really good - although missing a few asanas which I would have found useful.Published 3 months ago by Miranda Miller