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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2 edition (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089281764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892817641
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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" . . . a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world." (Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000)

“Read this book from cover to cover and you will begin to understand what yoga is all about.” (The Sunday Times)

“Those who are interested in understanding what yoga is about, those who are looking for a larger context and focus for their hatha practice, those who look to the Yoga Su-tra for guidance, and all those who have loved and benefited from Krishnamacharya and/or Desikachar, directly or indirectly, will want this book.” (Yoga International)

“An invaluable source of information regarding the theory and practice of yoga. A must for students and teachers alike.” (Indra Devi, author of Yoga for You)

“Desikachar speaks from the heart with tenderness as well as an engineer's careful attention to details and individuality.” (LA Yoga, January 2011)

"I can think of no better book to recommend to a friend beginning to be excited by yoga but bewildered by the plethora of different schools and their sometimes-conflicting teachings. In addition, I would be hard-pressed to think of a book I would recommend more highly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practice . . . The great gift of The Heart of Yoga lies not simply in the depth of Desikachar's learning, but in the compassion, gentleness, practicality, and down-to-earth spirit that permeate the book." (Yoga Journal)

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YOGA "I can think of no better book to recommend to a friend beginning to be excited by yoga but bewildered by the plethora of different schools and their sometimes‑conflicting teachings. In addition, I would be hard‑pressed to think of a book I would recommend more highly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practice . . . The great gift of The Heart of Yoga lies not simply in the depth of Desikachar's learning, but in the compassion, gentleness, practicality, and down‑to‑earth spirit that permeate the book." --Yoga Journal "Read this book from cover to cover and you will begin to understand what yoga is all about." --The Sunday Times "Those who are interested in understanding what yoga is about, those who are looking for a larger context and focus for their hatha practice, those who look to the Yoga Su-tra for guidance, and all those who have loved and benefited from Krishnamacharya and/or Desikachar, directly or indirectly, will want this book." --Yoga International "An invaluable source of information regarding the theory and practice of yoga. A must for students and teachers alike." --Indra Devi, author of Yoga for You Śrī Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya in their early years. Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya's fundamental teaching, which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value. In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level--physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step‑by‑step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age‑old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga--poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy--and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle. Krishnamacharya placed the highest value on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which is included here in its entirety, with a translation and commentary by Desikachar. Added to this second edition of The Heart of Yoga is the Yogān͂jalisāram--thirty‑two poems composed by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings and further make The Heart of Yoga a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world. A structural engineer by training, T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability, and currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

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This book is a pre yoga TT course read and what a joy it is. Written in easy conversation with Desikachar. Almost as if he's sitting chatting to you. An easy introduction into every aspect of the yoga philosophy. Eight limbs and sutras. Anyone training or just wanting to live yoga this book is an essential
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I love this book. I bought it as part of my yoga teacher training and it has been my best so far. It is explaining complicated things simply and it's easy to read overall. Happy with the purchase. I would recommend it to all yoga enthusiasts.
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Very interesting read, although there a lot of sanskrit words in that I find difficult to read! This is my downfall and something I need to learn and not a bad reflection on the book - if you can cope with the sanskrit I think it is an excellent read - very informative.
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Informative, fascinating, educational... This classic text is a must-have for anybody who is interested in, or practising, yoga. It's such a useful book to keep close to your mat, for both guidance and inspiration.
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I am trainIng to be a yoga teacher after 17 years practice. I have had this book 4 years and still come back to it as a reference point. It was highly recommended to me and now I share that with you.
Om shanti!
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A classic essential book for all serious students of yoga
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A key text for any serious yogi(ni)
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beautiful &usufful book, a must have in your collection if you want to go deeper in yoga philosophy and basis
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