The Art of Vinyasa

Awakening Body and Mind Through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga

Author: Richard Freeman,Mary Taylor

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611802792

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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A radical presentation of the most rigorous form of contemporary yoga as meditation in motion. The Art of Vinyasa takes a unique look at Ashtanga yoga as meditation in motion that produces profound inner change. Two of the most well-respected teachers of the Ashtanga style of yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, explore this rigorous practice not as a gymnastic feat, but as a meditative form. They reveal that doing the practice--and particularly the vinyasa, or the breath-synchonized movements--in such a deep and focused way allows practitioners to experience a profound awakening of the body and mind. It also develops an adaptable, flexible practice that can last a lifetime. Freeman and Taylor give an in-depth explanation of form, alignment, and anatomy, and how they work together in the practice. They also present a holistic approach to asana practice that includes an awareness of the subtle breath, and seamlessly merges yoga philosophy with practical technique. Unlike other books on Ashtanga, The Art of Vinyasa does not follow the linear pattern of the sequences of postures that are the hallmark of Ashtanga yoga. Instead, it interlinks the eight limbs--yama and niyama (ethical practices); asana (postures); pranayama (breathing); pratyahara (nongrasping of the senses); dharana (concentration); dhyana (meditation); and samadhi (harmony, insight)--and shows how to establish an internally rooted yoga practice. The book will be fully illustrated with fifty halftones by esteemed photographer and cinematographer Robert Muratore, along with thirty illustrations.

The Mirror of Yoga

Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

Author: Richard Freeman

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824874

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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The world of yoga is astonishingly rich in its array of schools and practices. Yet, as diverse as they seem, they share a common aim: the discovery of the essence of existence that can be found at the core of our being, and the liberation that comes from that discovery. With this worthy goal in mind, Richard Freeman presents an enlightening overview of the many teachings, practices, and scriptures that serve as the basis for all the schools of yoga—hatha, bhakti, jnana, karma, tantra, and others. He shows how the myriad forms are ultimately related, and can even be perceived to make up a vast, interpenetrating matrix, symbolizing the unity, profundity, and beauty of the ancient tradition. Richard's wide-ranging discussion includes the Upanisads and Samkhya philosophies, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the eight limbs of astanga yoga, the process and purpose of hatha yoga, and much more. He also explores the role of the guru, chanting, meditation, and the yogic imperative of offering service to others. All of this is applied to the actual practice, giving the reader the tools to digest and apply the wealth of information to daily life. The Mirror of Yoga will be a welcome resource to all yogis who wish to better practice the profound philosophy underlying their practice.

Ashtanga Yoga

Practice and Philosophy

Author: Gregor Maehle

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577319869

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through: • the history and lineage of yoga • the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement) • a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count • a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text • a glossary of yoga terminology In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.

Guruji

A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students

Author: Guy Donahaye,Eddie Stern

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 9780374532833

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 464

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An unprecedented portrait of a great yoga teacher and how teachings and traditions are transmitted and passed on It is a rare and remarkable soul who becomes legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was such a soul, and through his teaching of yoga, he transformed the lives of countless people. The school in Mysore that he founded and ran for more than sixty years trained students who, through the knowledge they received and their devotion, have helped to spread the daily practice of traditional Ashtanga yoga to tens of thousands around the world. Guruji paints a unique portrait of a unique man, revealed through the accounts of his students. Among the thirty men and women interviewed here are Indian students from Jois's early teaching days, intrepid Americans and Europeans who traveled to Mysore to learn yoga in the 1970s, and important family members who studied as well as lived with Jois and continue to practice and teach abroad or run the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Many of the contributors (as well as the authors) are influential teachers who convey their experience of Jois every day to students in many different parts of the globe. Anyone interested in the living tradition of yoga will find Guruji richly rewarding.

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga

The Authoritative Presentation-Based on 30 Years of Direct Study Under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacha

Author: Srivatsa Ramaswami

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

ISBN: 9781569244029

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

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Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888–1989) was the most influential figure in the last 100 years in the field of yoga. Many of today's best-known yoga teachers—including his brother-in-law B. K. S. Iyengar, his son T. K. V. Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga—studied with him and modeled their own yoga styles after his practice and teaching. Yet, despite his renowned status, Krishnamacharya's wisdom has never before been made completely available, just as he taught it. Now, in The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, Srivatsa Ramaswami—Krishnamacharya's longest-standing student outside his own family—presents his master's teachings of yogasanas in unprecedented detail. Drawing upon his 33 years of direct study, beginning in 1955 and continuing nearly until his teacher's death, Ramaswami presents more than nine hundred poses and variations in logically structured sequences, precisely describing Krishnamacharya's complete Vinyasakrama system. Along with every movement of each yoga posture, he covers the proper breathing techniques for each pose—something no other book also derived from Krishnamacharya's teaching does. Nearly 1,000 full-color photographs are featured in this authoritative landmark presentation of the study practiced by the "grandfather of modern yoga."

Yoga Mala

The Seminal Treatise and Guide from the Living Master of Ashtanga Yoga

Author: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1429965061

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

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The seminal treatise and guide to Ashtanga yoga by the master of this increasingly popular discipline There is a yoga boom in America, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is at the heart of it. One of the great yoga figures of our time, Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West a quarter of a century ago and has been the driving force behind its worldwide dissemination. Based on flowing, energetic movement, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it--have become the most widespread and influential styles of practice in the United States today. Mala means "garland" in Sanskrit, and Yoga Mala--a "garland of yoga practice"--is Jois's distillation of Ashtanga. He first outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying the discipline and explains its important terms and concepts. Next he guides the reader through Ashtanga's versions of the Sun Salutation and its subsequent sequence of forty-two asanas, or poses, precisely describing how to execute each position and what benefits each provides. Brought into English by Eddie Stern, a student of Jois's for twelve years and director of the Patanjali Yoga Shala in New York City, Yoga Mala will be an indispensable handbook for students and teachers of yoga for years to come.

Ashtanga Yoga

Mythology, Anatomy, and Practice

Author: Gregor Maehle

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 157731669X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 232

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In this much-anticipated follow-up to his first book, Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle offers a detailed and multifaceted guide to Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series. An expert yogi and teacher, Maehle will guide you to your next level with an unprecedented depth of anatomical explanation and unparalleled attention to the practice’s philosophical and mythological heritage. You will learn: • The background and applications of each of the three forms of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana • How to use Indian myth and cosmology to deepen your practice • The importance of the Sanskrit language to the yogic tradition • The mythology behind the names of the Intermediate Series postures • The functions and limitations of body parts integral to the Intermediate Series, including the spine, the sacroiliac joint, the shoulder joint, and the hip joint • How to reap the full benefits of practicing the Intermediate Series Maehle meticulously explores all twenty-seven postures of the Intermediate Series through photos, anatomical line drawings, and practical, informative sidebars. He also discusses the philosophical and spiritual background of Ashtanga Yoga and places the practice within the context of Indian cultural history. With passionate erudition, Maehle will prepare you to reap physical, spiritual, and mental fulfillment from your evolving practice.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

Author: Simon Borg-Olivier,Bianca Machliss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921080005

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 474

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Written by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, this book is a unique text on the science of hatha yoga and yoga therapy, explaining the effects of yoga on each part of the body. This comprehensive text includes hundreds of photographs, diagrams and tables, making it a useful and informative guide for teaches and students of all styles of yoga.

On Yoga

The Architecture of Peace

Author: Eddie Stern,H.H. H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836557986

Category:

Page: 290

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Poses of peace: One photographer's meditation on the essence of yoga It's taken yoga several thousand years to make the journey from a handful of monasteries dotting the Himalayas to the yoga studios popping up everywhere. Whether bathing with holy men in the Ganges or joining the chorus of a thousand voices chanting "om," photographer Michael O'Neill decided to devote himself to experience and record the world of yoga at this critical juncture in its history. The result is a powerful photographic tribute to the age-old discipline turned global phenomenon, with over 250 million practitioners united in physical, spiritual, and mindful practice worldwide. Famous for his photographs of the famous, O'Neill first set out to make portraits of the most influential yogis of our time--B. K. S. Iyengar, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa--as well as those famed for integrating yoga into their high-profile lives, such as Donna Karan, Sting, and Trudie Styler. It was a chance to honor the masters and unite his lifelong passion for photography with a newfound love for yoga and meditation. But as his practice deepened, so did his drive to look past the personalities and the poses to document the roots of yoga. Over ten years O'Neill trekked beyond the traditional epicenters to meditate with monks in the Tibetan Plateau, live with sadhus in their tents at the Kumbh Mela, and marvel at the boys who practice the little known discipline of Mallakhamba at the wrestling grounds in Kochi. Says O'Neill: "All I wanted to do was to pay homage to yoga's classical lineage and understand this unique moment before it slips away." Now brought together for the first time, this extraordinary XL body of work tells the story of yoga as it's never been told before, with nearly 200 photographs, most of which have never been seen. Two of O'Neill's most important subjects, meditation master His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Ashtanga guru Eddie Stern, join the conversation with their essays on the role of yoga in contemporary culture, the history of the practice from the time of Patanjali, and the healing power of what Michael O'Neill calls "the architecture of peace . . . a series of postures that bring the practitioner closer to touching the infinite."

Yoga Sadhana for Mothers

Author: Sharmila Desai,Anna Wise

Publisher: Yogawords Limited

ISBN: 9781906756307

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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Yoga Sadhana for Mothers is far more than just a how-to yoga manual. Although the book includes clear, illustrated guidelines on modifying the Ashtanga yoga primary series during pregnancy, at its heart are intimate first-hand accounts from prominent members of the Ashtanga yoga community of their experiences of conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Additional material includes interviews with the Jois family and essential guidance for pregnancy and postnatal care. Beautifully presented, with treasured family photos alongside yoga photography, this is an inspiring, essential guide for any yoga student, yoga teacher - and mother.

The Science of Yoga

The Risks and the Rewards

Author: William J Broad

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451641427

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 298

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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.

Nadi Sodhana

Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Author: Petri Räisänen

Publisher: Yogawords

ISBN: 9781906756505

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

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Nadi Sodhana uniquely illustrates the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate series practice, its benefits and the tradition as it is taught in Mysore, India. This beautifully outlined book was written in India from Petri Räisänen's interviews with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, the masters of the Ashtanga Yoga system.

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga

Developing a Practice that Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace

Author: Kino MacGregor

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611800056

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 216

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Discusses the history and tradition of Ashtanga yoga and explains the essential connection of breath, posture, and gaze that is the core of the practice.

A Way from Darkness

Author: Taylor Hunt

Publisher: Ekam Publishing

ISBN: 9780692638392

Category:

Page: 318

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A Way from Darkness is the unflinching and confessional story of Taylor Hunt's journey from addiction to health - physical, emotional, and spiritual. His parents' divorce set the stage for a downward spiral of self-destruction. The pressure he felt to keep his family together coupled with a deep desire to "fit in" fueled his experimentation with drugs and alcohol. His descent from upper-middle class teen with a promising future to the depths of heroin addiction left him bankrupt in every imaginable sense of the word. Soon, he was fully immersed in the dark underbelly of society and on the brink of death. Finding his way out of the abyss after ten years was neither quick nor easy. A twelve-step program of recovery and the practice of yoga provided the guiding lights toward a new path. Taylor does much more than share his story in A Way from Darkness; he invites the reader to find healing through community, Ashtanga yoga, and ultimately, acceptance.

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II

A Practice to Open Your Heart and Purify Your Body and Mind

Author: Kino MacGregor

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 083484124X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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In this follow-up to her popular first book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, Kino MacGregor presents and explains the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga practice. MacGregor, a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the method, gives a basic introduction to Ashtanga Yoga philosophy; provides essential background information on the Intermediate Series; gives tips on how to know when you are ready to take on this next stage of practice; explains the purification aspects of the practice; and gives instructions for the pranayama techniques associated with the practice, along with other key points. She also describes and demonstrates the entire Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series in over 250 photographs. This solid, engaging entry into intermediate-level practice is a wonderful resource for both practitioners and teachers.

Iyengar

The Yoga Master

Author: B. K. S. Iyengar

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590305248

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 334

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Prominent yoga teachers and practitioners celebrate the life and great influence of renowned yoga teacher B.K.S.

What Are You Hungry For?

Women, Food, and Spirituality

Author: Lynn Ginsburg,Mary Taylor

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 142997429X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Women have many secrets. But a woman's secret relationship with food and her body can overshadow other aspects of her life, filling her with obsession, shame and fear. Many women waste countless years focusing on food and appearance, rather than spending energy on what holds deepest meaning for them in life. In What Are You Hungry For? authors Taylor and Ginsburg show how obsessive dieting, a distorted body image and eating disorders are often symptoms of a deep spiritual void. They offer a revolutionary--and easy to follow--approach to resolving deep-seated food and body issues using methods adapted from Eastern mind/body practices such as yoga. What Are You Hungry For? is a discovery book in the tradition of Susie Orbach's Fat is a Feminist Issue and Geneen Roth's When Food is Love. It will change the way you think about your body and the way you approach preparing and eating every single meal. "Finally, an insightful book that ties together food and our spiritual practice What Are You Hungry For? provides both philosophical and practical ways to understand our relationship with what we take into our bodies and to how we are following our internal voices." --Rodney Yee, yoga teacher and star of the bestselling video series "Yoga Journal's Yoga with Rodney Yee"

Ashtanga Yoga

The Yoga Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: The Primary Series Practice Manual

Author: Petri Räisänen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781906756420

Category:

Page: 192

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A physical and dynamic form of yoga, Ashtanga combines an impressive sequence of yoga poses with special breathing techniques to heat the body internally and allow safe stretching of the muscles. Each of the yoga poses in this book is presented both separately and as part of complete practice, allowing the reader to gain a deep knowledge of the multidimensional philosophy of Ashtanga yoga and how it relates to everyday life.

Yoga of the Subtle Body

A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga

Author: Tias Little

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829762

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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With his expert teachings, philosophical insights, and pragmatic imagery, world-class yoga instructor Tias Little turns the anatomy of the physical body into a tool for navigating the subtle body. If you spend considerable time doing yoga, you begin to see that it is about much more than just the body—the practice of yoga in fact reveals that the body is in no way separate from the pyschospiritual forces that animate it. Tias Little here provides a way to understand these forces as they relate to an integrated yoga of body, mind, and spirit. He unites somatic concepts and wisdom teachings in this practical guide to the anatomy of the physical, mental, emotional, and subtle (or energetic) body. Little is a master teacher who offers us a guided tour of the body’s structure and physical anatomy, then uses this new structural awareness as the basis for exploring the subtle body. In a meaningful and pragmatic way, the book maps the connection between the body and the rich symbolism that pervades the yogic imagination, including the chakras, nadis, and koshas. Further, Little offers readers clear, insightful yoga, pranayama, and meditation exercises that apply these body-mind principles.

Moving Toward Balance

8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee

Author: Rodney Yee

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9780875969213

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 394

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Outlines an eight-week program of basic yoga postures, meditation, and breath awareness combined to promote physical, emotional, and psychological balance, and includes additional information for managing chronic pain and stress.