Myths of the Asanas

Myths of the Asanas
Author: Alanna Kaivalya,Arjuna van der Kooij
Publsiher: Mandala Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-09-08
ISBN 10: 1683838483
ISBN 13: 9781683838487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myths of the Asanas Book Review:

Enhance your yoga practice with this all-new expanded edition of the ultimate guide to the stories behind the most beloved poses of all time. Many yoga practitioners explore the benefits of yoga through its poses, but did you know that the magic and mystery of yoga lie within the power of yogic mythology? Myths of the Asanas was the first book to collect and retell the ancient tales of yogic myth to a modern audience, and has since become a beloved resource for yoga practitioners and instructors the world over. This expanded edition contains nine unheard stories about some of the yoga world's most beloved poses. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help students of all levels realize their full potential. Understanding the subtle whimsy and power of the child while in child’s pose gives us permission to recall forgotten dreams and find the power to manifest them now. Learning of the disabilities of the great sage Astavakra while attempting his arm-balance pose encourages us to understand how powerful we are when we recognize the strength that lies beyond any perceived limitations. Marveling at the monkey-god Hanuman’s devotion to his best friend, Ram, keeps us in alignment with our integrity during the hanumanasana splits pose as we dig deeply to discover the source of spiritual strength within ourselves.

Yoga Mythology

Yoga Mythology
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2019-06-21
ISBN 10: 9353570859
ISBN 13: 9789353570859
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Mythology Book Review:

The popular names of many yogic asanas -- from Virbhadra-asana and Hanuman-asana to Matsyendra-asana, Kurma-asana and Ananta-asana -- are based on characters and personages from Indian mythology. Who were these mythological characters, what were their stories, and how are they connected to yogic postures? Devdutt Pattanaik's newest book Yoga Mythology (co-written with international yoga practitioner Matt Rulli) retells the fascinating tales from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain lore that lie behind the yogic asanas the world knows so well; in the process he draws attention to an Indic worldview based on the concepts of eternity, rebirth, liberation and empathy that has nurtured yoga for thousands of years.

Sacred Sound

Sacred Sound
Author: Alanna Kaivalya
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2014-03-15
ISBN 10: 1608682439
ISBN 13: 9781608682430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Sound Book Review:

The mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chants) of yoga practice sometimes get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood. These chants are an integral part of most every Eastern spiritual practice because they are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life. Sacred Sound shares the myths behind the mantras, illuminating their meaning and putting their power and practicality within reach of every practitioner. Each mantra and kirtan includes the Sanskrit, the transliteration, and the translation. Clear retellings of the pertinent myths highlight modern-day applications so that readers discover their own personal connection to the practice. Alanna Kaivalya has refined her teaching over a decade with tens of thousands of diverse audience members. Her unique and popular approach to human connection and self-knowledge turns a time-tested tradition into a versatile and potent tool.

Beyond Asanas

Beyond Asanas
Author: Pragya Bhatt
Publsiher: Ebury Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-06-21
ISBN 10: 9780143446873
ISBN 13: 0143446878
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond Asanas Book Review:

Downward dog, tree pose, Marichyasana . . . Have you ever wondered how these names for yoga poses came about, inspired from animals, nature, and even sages? Using thirty carefully researched asanas, yoga teacher Pragya Bhatt draws upon her own yoga practice and research to make a connection between ancient Indian mythology and modern yoga practice. By depicting the beauty and form of each asana through the lens of Joel Koechlin, this book intends to add meaning and value for practitioners and non-practitioners alike, shedding new light on a familiar subject.

Downward Dogs Warriors

Downward Dogs   Warriors
Author: Zo Newell
Publsiher: Himalayan Inst Press
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780893892661
ISBN 13: 0893892661
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Downward Dogs Warriors Book Review:

Downward Dogs and Warriors de-mystifies traditional India stories of gods and goddesses by showing their connection to universal human emotions. Connecting these stories to common yoga poses opens a deeper dimension of practice.

Yoga

Yoga
Author: Rama Jyoti Vernon
Publsiher: Lotus Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2014-12-01
ISBN 10: 0940676265
ISBN 13: 9780940676268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Book Review:

Most Westerners already know that practicing yoga can improve health and create peace of mind. But for those who yearn to add meaningful depth to their lives, even greater riches are possible... In this book, master teacher Rama Vernon shares techniques and knowledge suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced students and teachers.

Yoga Beyond the Mat

Yoga Beyond the Mat
Author: Alanna Kaivalya
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-10-08
ISBN 10: 0738749710
ISBN 13: 9780738749716
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Beyond the Mat Book Review:

While many engage in asana, the physical practice, yoga's most transformative effects are found in the realms of the spiritual and psychological. Yoga Beyond the Mat shows you how to develop a personal, holistic yoga practice to achieve lasting and permanent transformation. Join Alanna Kaivalya as she guides you through a complete range of topics, including Removing Obstacles Appreciating the Present Moment Balancing the Chakras Healing Childhood Wounds Creating Your Own Rituals Transforming Your Archetypal Energy Entering the Blissful State This book shows you that yoga doesn't make your life easier; it makes you better at your life. Through ritual, meditation, journaling, asana, and other spiritual practices, Yoga Beyond the Mat provides techniques for developing a personal mythology and allowing the ego to rest, leading modern-day yogis toward what they have been missing: the realization of personal bliss. Praise: "[Alanna] guides and inspires students and teachers alike toward their own liberation, with patience, generosity, and wholehearted enthusiasm."—Linda Sparrowe, former editor-in-chief of Yoga International and author of Yoga At Home "This is the book I dreamed of when I started my yoga path...[Yoga Beyond the Mat includes] all the steps, tools, rituals, and wisdom for lasting bliss."—Dana Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga "Alanna has pioneered a relevant, educational book; deep thinking and laced humor."—Ana T. Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga and author of Fierce Medicine "Alanna reveals with great clarity and approachable language the nuances, shadings and shadows of this ancient ritual of wellness. I highly recommend it."— Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD, author of Riting Myth "Alanna's rigorous scholarship interweaves with applicable and tangible to-do's that brings reality to your spirituality."—Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up® and bestselling author of The Roll Model "In today's hectic life, the revival of yoga-past when combined with soul centered engagement offers the remedy we seek...a breakthrough book."—Stephen Aizenstat, PhD, chancellor of Pacifica Graduate Institute "In this groundbreaking book integrating yoga, Jungian psychology, and personal mythology, Alanna Kaivalya recovers the spiritual dimension of yoga for contemporary Western practitioners."—Dr. Patrick Mahaffey, professor and associate chair of Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and author of Evolving God-Images "Alanna writes with honesty and clarity about the quest to find self-knowledge and bliss, perfectly balancing skepticism and enthusiasm. The result is a practical guide to the history and philosophy of yoga, and a useful map to living an integrated, satisfying and richly meaningful life."—Dave Stringer, Grammy-nominated Kirtan artist "Drawing on yoga, psychology, mythology, and ritual, Alanna guides readers on a transformative journey toward self-awareness and 'personal bliss,' through an amazing array of practices. Yoga Beyond the Mat is like a library of ideas for studying your self."—Kaitlin Quistgaard, writer and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal

Myths of the Asanas

Myths of the Asanas
Author: Insight Editions
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-09-08
ISBN 10: 1683838491
ISBN 13: 9781683838494
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myths of the Asanas Book Review:

Enhance your yoga practice with this all-new expanded edition of the ultimate guide to the stories behind the most beloved poses of all time. Many yoga practitioners explore the benefits of yoga through its poses, but did you know that the magic and mystery of yoga lie within the power of yogic mythology? Myths of the Asanas was the first book to collect and retell the ancient tales of yogic myth to a modern audience, and has since become a beloved resource for yoga practitioners and instructors the world over. This expanded edition contains nine unheard stories about some of the yoga world's most beloved poses. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help students of all levels realize their full potential. Understanding the subtle whimsy and power of the child while in child’s pose gives us permission to recall forgotten dreams and find the power to manifest them now. Learning of the disabilities of the great sage Astavakra while attempting his arm-balance pose encourages us to understand how powerful we are when we recognize the strength that lies beyond any perceived limitations. Marveling at the monkey-god Hanuman’s devotion to his best friend, Ram, keeps us in alignment with our integrity during the hanumanasana splits pose as we dig deeply to discover the source of spiritual strength within ourselves.

Yoga Myths

Yoga Myths
Author: Judith Hanson Lasater
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN 10: 1611807964
ISBN 13: 9781611807967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Myths Book Review:

The essential guide to correcting yoga misconceptions and avoiding injuries in your practice from Judith Hanson Lasater, a yoga instructor, physical therapist, and bodywork expert. "Tuck your tailbone to protect your back." "Increase your breath." "Pull your abdominal muscles into your backbone." Following these movement cues is often believed to benefit your yoga practice and protect your body when entering and holding poses. However, what may seem like a helpful correction can actually lead to injury or physical harm. In Yoga Myths, Judith Hanson Lasater draws on almost fifty years of experience as a yoga instructor and physical therapist to address the most common mistakes in our yoga practice and provide clear instructions for correcting these errors. Focusing on the eleven "myths" most detrimental to our practice, Lasater provides a comprehensive discussion of what the myth is, why it can hurt us, and how we can avoid it through step-by-step instructions and guiding photos. This book will allow you to return to the inherent wisdom, natural goodness, and spiritual wholeness of yoga and avoid life altering injuries for as long as you practice.

Teaching Yoga

Teaching Yoga
Author: Mark Stephens
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2011-09-06
ISBN 10: 1583944729
ISBN 13: 9781583944721
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching Yoga Book Review:

Teaching Yoga is an essential resource for new and experienced teachers as well as a guide for all yoga students interested in refining their skills and knowledge. Addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance, the world's leading registry and accreditation source for yoga teachers and schools, Teaching Yoga is also ideal for use as a core textbook in yoga teacher training programs. Drawing on a wide spectrum of perspectives, and featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, the book covers fundamental topics of yoga philosophy and history, including a historical presentation of classical yoga literature: the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Pataljali, and the main historical sources on tantra and early hatha yoga. Each of the eleven major styles of contemporary yoga is described, with a brief history of its development and the distinguishing elements of its teachings. Exploring traditional and modern aspects of anatomy and physiology, the book provides extensive support and tools for teaching 108 yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. Teaching Yoga offers practical advice for classroom setup, planning and sequencing classes, as well as the process involved in becoming a teacher and sustaining oneself in the profession. The book has over 200 bibliographic sources, a comprehensive index, and a useful appendix that lists associations, institutes, organizations, and professional resources for yoga teachers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Science of Yoga

Science of Yoga
Author: Ann Swanson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-03-15
ISBN 10: 146549166X
ISBN 13: 9781465491664
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science of Yoga Book Review:

Explore the physiology of 30 key yoga poses, in-depth and from every angle, and master each asana with confidence and control. Did you know that yoga practice can help lower your blood pressure, decrease inflammation and prevent age-related brain changes? Recent scientific research now backs up what were once anecdotal claims about the benefits of yoga to every system in the body. Science of Yoga reveals the facts, with annotated artworks that show the mechanics, the angles, how your blood flow and respiration are affected, the key muscle and joint actions working below the surface of each pose, safe alignment and much more. With insight into variations on the poses and a Q&A section that explores the science behind every aspect of yoga, this easy-to-understand, comprehensive book is an invaluable resource to achieve technical excellence in your practice and optimize the benefits of yoga for your body and mind.

Yoga Anatomy

Yoga Anatomy
Author: Leslie Kaminoff,Amy Matthews
Publsiher: Human Kinetics
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-10-28
ISBN 10: 1492583413
ISBN 13: 9781492583417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Anatomy Book Review:

The best-selling anatomy guide for yoga is now updated, expanded, and better than ever! With more asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, the second edition of YogaAnatomy provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself. From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked. Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource—one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light. With Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition, authors Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, both internationally recognized experts and teachers in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork, have created the ultimate reference for yoga practitioners, instructors, and enthusiasts alike.

Yoga Body

Yoga Body
Author: Mark Singleton
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2010-02-25
ISBN 10: 0195395344
ISBN 13: 9780195395341
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Body Book Review:

The practice of yoga has become hugely popular in the West. Most people assume (and many claim) that 'postural' yoga - characterized by the familiar, demanding, physical poses - is an ancient Indian tradition. But in fact, as Mark Singleton shows, this type of yoga is quite a recent development, with its beginnings traceable to the middle of the 19th-century. Singleton here presents the first in-depth study of the origins of postural yoga, challenging many current notions about its nature and origins.

The Science of Yoga

The Science of Yoga
Author: William J Broad
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2012-02-07
ISBN 10: 1451641427
ISBN 13: 9781451641424
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Yoga Book Review:

Examines the health claims of modern yoga, drawing on scientific and cultural research to offer advice on how to recognize authentic yoga practice and gain actual benefits.

Myths of the Asanas

Myths of the Asanas
Author: Alanna Kaivalya,Arjuna van der Kooij
Publsiher: Mandala Publishing
Total Pages: 45
Release: 2020-03-10
ISBN 10: 9781683838470
ISBN 13: 1683838475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myths of the Asanas Book Review:

Enhance your yoga practice with this forty-five-card deck, which reveals the stories behind some of the most beloved poses. Based on a best-selling book, Myths of the Asanas Card Deck is a practical and portable collection of the stories behind the yoga poses, just right to accompany you to classes and retreats. Practitioners around the world reap the physical benefits of yoga, assuming poses and frequently calling them by their Sanskrit names. While many know that hanumanasana is named for the deity Hanuman, few understand why this is the case. Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal, much like an Aesop fable or European folktale. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help students of all levels realize their full potential. Meditating on the tolerance of trees while standing in tree pose can help one become more tolerant. Learning how the disfigured sage Astavakra came to be the teacher of a king can liberate us from anxieties about our external appearance and our self-imposed limitations. Marveling at Hanuman’s devotion to Ram can serve as a source of spiritual strength and determination. With beautiful illustrations to frame the stories, Myths of the Asanas Card Deck will add a new dimension to your practice and study of yoga.

Functional Awareness and Yoga

Functional Awareness and Yoga
Author: Nancy Romita,Allegra Romita
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-11-07
ISBN 10: 0190863943
ISBN 13: 9780190863944
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Functional Awareness and Yoga Book Review:

Functional Awareness and Yoga is an essential book for all who wishes to deepen their yoga practice and discover strategies to reduce strain or discomfort on the mat as well as in daily life. It is also an excellent book of introductory concepts in anatomy as applied to yoga required during a yoga teacher training. Each chapter provides essentials in functional anatomy with over 60 practical illustrations. The chapters also apply specific postures in yoga with cues to support the practice on the mat. Finally, each chapter contains a mindful practice section to help readers integrate anatomical imagery into daily life in order to release unnecessary tension, improve posture, and support ease of movement. The reflective practice of Functional Awareness® changes how one goes through simple daily tasks in living and demonstrates how these small simple shifts can have a profound effect on ease in action and resilience in movement both on and off the yoga mat. Guiding readers through the essentials in body alignment by providing engaging explorations in body/mind awareness, the book offers a pathway to improve resilience and balance in action.

The Heart of Yoga

The Heart of Yoga
Author: T. K. V. Desikachar
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1999-03-01
ISBN 10: 1594778922
ISBN 13: 9781594778926
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Heart of Yoga Book Review:

The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual. • A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher. • This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings. Sri 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. 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 concept of viniyoga, 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. This is a revised edition of The Heart of Yoga.

Living Your Yoga

Living Your Yoga
Author: Judith Hanson Lasater
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN 10: 1930485859
ISBN 13: 9781930485853
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living Your Yoga Book Review:

If you think that you have to retreat to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In this second edition of Living Your Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily life—all of them—as ways to practice. This edition includes three new chapters (Relaxation, Empathy, and Worship), a full index, and new interior and cover designs.Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, she serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you.Inspiring and practical, she blends her heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experiences as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend, and yoga practitioner and teacher. The result: a new yoga that beckons you to find the spiritual in everyday life.

2 100 Asanas

2 100 Asanas
Author: Daniel Lacerda
Publsiher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2015-12-01
ISBN 10: 0316270628
ISBN 13: 9780316270625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

2 100 Asanas Book Review:

This fully-illustrated New York Times bestseller categorizes an astonishing 2,100 yoga poses through photographs and descriptions for optimal benefit including adaptations for all levels of expertise and ages. A thoughtful, inspiring, meticulously-crafted guide to the practice of yoga, 2,100 Asanas will explore hundreds of familiar poses along with modified versions designed to bring more healthful options to yogis of all experience and ability. Organized into eight sections for the major types of poses -- standing, seated, core, quadruped, inversions, prone, supine and backbends -- and each section gently progresses from easy to more challenging. Each pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and primary benefits.

Yoga Sutra s of Patanjali in a Nutshell Illustrated

Yoga Sutra s  of Patanjali in a Nutshell Illustrated
Author: Neil Crenshaw
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-06-16
ISBN 10: 9781500226640
ISBN 13: 1500226645
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga Sutra s of Patanjali in a Nutshell Illustrated Book Review:

Yoga Sutra(s) in a Nutshell is written in plain, simple English for those who have had trouble understanding what Patanjali was conveying in his original Sutra(s). This book also has illustrations that help convey the themes of the sutra.