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Light On Yoga Paperback – May 17 2001

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  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada; Thorsons Classics edition edition (May 17 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007107005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007107001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 By Dennis Littrell on Oct. 8 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the definitive text on hatha yoga. This is the book you want if you are serious about beginning your yoga practice. This is also a text of reference for professional teachers used throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that all yoga instructors in the United States know this book, and most of them own a copy and refer to it regularly.
Iyengar's text is characterized by a thoroughness of content, a detailed, precise, step-by-step "how to" for instruction in asana and pranayama. There are 602 photos of Iyengar himself demonstrating the poses with extraordinary flexibility and precision. I have an early, hardcover edition with the photos collected together at the back of the book. The newer editions have the photos spaced appropriately throughout the text.
The 34-page Introduction entitled, "What is Yoga?" is a concise overview of the nature, aim and extent of yoga as gleaned from the ancient texts, in particular Pantajali's Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and Swatmarama's Hatha Yoga Pradipika (from which Iyengar gets his Sanskrit title, Yoga Dipika). These are the three great texts of yoga and Iyengar knows them well. This Introduction rewards patient study, and is the kind of pithy text that needs to be returned to again and again, and yet it is written in an accessible, inspired, and inspirational style.
Iyengar emphasizes precision and careful technique and a whole body mindfulness as prerequisites to success in hatha yoga. From my experience this mindfulness is absolutely essential for two main reasons. One, you will surely strain or pull a muscle, usually several little ones, if your mind goes astray or if you practice with your attention elsewhere. Count on it.
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When most reviewers of this book refer to it as a "bible", they're not exagerating. It deals with everything one needs to know about the practice of hatha yoga. Every single pose is explained in detailed along with its benefits and there is a section regarding physical contra-indications. The written information is so dense however, that it is sometimes difficult to differenciate between one pose and another, or where one ends and the next follows. One major draw back to this edition, however, are the quality of the photographs: they are gloomy and dark b/w pictures that make some of the poses look like freak-show acts, with all do respect to Mr. Iyengar and Yoga. I must confess that if I've seen this book a year ago when I first started practicing yoga I will have skip it. But now I'm ready for it and I've read it thoroughly and have fall for it. This is a book that anyone who practices yoga must own. If you're a begginner, I will reccommend Iyengar's "Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health" which more contemporary and the 360 degree pictures are just excellent.
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Guru Iyengar's book cant be missed for whoever is interested in yoga/spirtual stuff or the like. After reading the introduction, you will have a new insight into life and I personally read the introduction many times. And the instructions for the asanas, pranayama, and the banda are indispensible for every yoga student. I bought this book 8 years ago and I was amazed and started learning how to do yoga. In the book, Guru Iyengar said you need a teacher or a guru and its true. I tried to do it without a teacher for 6 years and got very little improvement and even hurt myself. It is very important you have a teacher because the book doesnt convey those minor details which is critical in every asana poses. I now go to local Iyengar Yoga class weekly and practice daily by myself and I feel I learn much much more and benefit much much more. It takes time, but doing yoga(Hatha Yoga, asana, pranayama) will equip you with good health and you will feel you start integrating your body, mind and spirit. Its just wonderful. I dont know what else to say. Go to a local Iyengar yoga center and start go to class and practice it!
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Ever wondered why you are here? Or what we humans really are? Or how to live right? The answers are all here. The short introduction alone is worth much more than the price of the book. I have read the intro at least a dozen times, and each time I get something more out of it. (Unless you have reached a place in your life where you are "ready" to understand, many truths often pass right by unheard). And I must admit, I need to read it again now!
This book contains everything you need to know about yoga. With each pose, Mr. Iyengar explains not only how-to-do-it, but WHY-to-do-it (how the pose benefits you). Looking at the pictures, a beginner can easily be intimidated, but do not compare yourself to Mr. Iyengar, who has devoted his life to yoga. Beginners have MUCH to gain!
NOTE: (1) This book costs only a third of what you are used to paying for a book this size. NOTE: (2) Books, and especially videos, are no substitute for studying with a good teacher.
With his teachings and with this book, Mr. Iyengar has given a gift to mankind, a gift of undescribable beauty, joy, and compassion. You need this book. The world needs this book.
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