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Light On Yoga [Paperback]

B.K.S. Iyengar
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Book Description

May 17 2001

B. K. S Iyengar's Light On Yoga is established now as the classic text for all serious students of yoga. It's a jewel in the list and we are delighted to have the enthusiastic support of B. K. S. Iyengar for this new edition.

There has not been a substantial redesign of Light On Yoga since the 1960's and although this original, cramped design does sell, we know our new look book will broaden it's appeal, ensuring Light On Yoga remains fresh and accessible.

• Step by step photo-guide to routines for beginners to highly advanced.
• Guide to yoga breathing

• Introduction to the philosophy behind the Yoga.
• Guide to healing specific health problems with yoga poses.
New design will appeal to new yoga readers and existing Iyengar students:
• Larger, more spacious, squarer format pages
• Improved structure – so its easy to see where one exercise ends and next begins
• Updated page design and typeface

• Larger, easier to read type
• Larger photo's of each completed Asana (pose) – to show more detail.
Iyengar's original text is retained throughout and we also have a brand new foreword written by Mr Iyengar especially for this edition.

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One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. 'The Michelangelo of yoga' - BBC

About the Author

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar is one of the foremost authorities on Yoga in the current era. His devotion to yoga, his uninterrupted practice for the past 65 years and his extraordinary ability to transmit his experiential knowledge of the yoga sutras of Patanjali has led to millions taking to this path along with their respective professions and activities in life. Today people the world over, irrespective of their age, caste, gender, religion, nationality, health status and economic background are practicing yoga as taught by BKS Iyengar (popularly referred to as "Iyengar Yoga"). He has successfully used yoga to help patients suffering from chronic ailments to overcome their problems. He has designed several props making it possible even for the diseased and disabled to practice yoga and attain its benefits. Many famous personalities have been his students including the violin maestro Lord Yehudi Menuhin; The Queen mother of Belgium, philosopher J. Krishnamurti amongst many others. He has been conferred many awards and recognition by several organizations and Governments.

He has authored 13 books, all of which have undergone several reprints and have been translated into many languages. His ‘Light on Yoga’ has been translated into sixteen languages and has been referred to as "Bible on Yoga". His other works include ‘Light on Pranayama, Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Light on Astanga Yoga, Yoga: A Path to Holistic Health’ and his most recent 2 volumes on Asta Dala Yoga Mala. His teachings are also available in the multimedia format as interactive CD ROMS.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light on Yoga March 22 2013
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Great book, It was an assigned reading for my yoga teacher training and it is very helpful complete with pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for serious students and teachers Feb. 20 2010
Although I do agree with the fellow who noted that this particular edition of Light on Yoga is poorly bound and an awkward size, the book remains a classic. Try to get it used. Luckily, I have an older paperback copy that has remained mostly bound. The book serves the beginner as well as the adept, with good practices listed in the back. I learned my sanskrit words out of neccessity, to minimize the flipping back and forth from the practices to the plates and instructions. Each time I pick up this grand volume, a new little gem is revealed--so much is contained in this book. The introduction is well-written, explaining the 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga and some of the main philosophical elements from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. There are also hints and cautions, special practices for ailments and pranayama techniques. An oldie but a goodie. As Iyengar himself one exclaimed, "a good book is better than a bad teacher".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A classic, but expect the binding the crack Aug. 25 2009
By Steven
It's obviously the classic of yoga books in English, and every student of the practice should have a copy. This is not a particularly useful book for the novice. Personally I find the postures mostly too extreme, but that's Iyengar Yoga. I would exercise caution and work with a qualified teacher, if you're attempting some of these postures or any of the other practices in the book. The book is also pretty poorly organized. If you want to use the suggested sequencing then you will find yourself flipping all over the book to find them. Sticky notes are your friend.

The thing that annoys me about this particular printing of the book is 1) it's a very awkward size (there are other editions that are much easier to transport and hold), 2) the binding is very poor quality and is sure to crack.

I would buy this used (hardcover or stitched binding) or buy the American edition available for much cheaper on the US sight. The book is worth 4 stars, but in light of my other points, I'm giving it 2 stars in total.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Hatha-yoga Nov. 6 2011
Best pictures, with best descriptions, week by week 6 years course plan, with gradual increase of difficulty level, so that you don't have to be flexible at all when you start the first week routine, and gradually progress in flexibility. If you'll have the persistence and perseverance then in 6 years you'll become a yoga master, if not, then you'll just improve your health, looks and flexibility to some extent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Yoga June 2 2011
By GReid
B.K.S. Iyengar's book "Light on Yoga" is an amazing reference book in advancing your yoga skills & learning more about your own personal journey.
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