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Light On Yoga
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
Great book, It was an assigned reading for my yoga teacher training and it is very helpful complete with pictures.
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on November 10, 2014
Well Obviously this is the most detailed book you can find that goes over each pose, how to get into it, the story behind it, and how to advance into the different forms of each pose. It's amazing. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't personally find the writing to be all that captivating. I tried to read it from beginning to end and i had a very hard time keeping my eyes open, it was a slow read and I eventually gave up. However, It is not a book that needs to be read from beginning to end. It is a perfect reference guide. find your pose and learn everything about it. certainly a must have for anyone who wants to understand the Physical yoga practice.
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on July 21, 2015
great reference for pictures and classical iyengar alignment. whenever a question of alignment or placement arises, this is the book i often find myself going to for a quick check. a little on the clunky side it can be a pain to transport
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on June 2, 2011
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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on December 16, 2014
Best book on yoga poses. And the general practice. This book is timeless.
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on November 17, 2014
Very good product!!
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on January 18, 2015
Lots of Info.
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