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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada; Thorsons Classics edition edition (Jan. 29 2015)
  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

‘The Michelangelo of yoga’ – BBC

About the Author

B.K.S. Iyengar is the world’s most respected yoga teacher. Widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West, his teaching practice has been hugely influential over decades. He lives and teaches in Pune, India.

www.bksiyengar.com


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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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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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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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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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Great book, It was an assigned reading for my yoga teacher training and it is very helpful complete with pictures.
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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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