Light on Yoga: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Practice Paperback – Jan 29 2015
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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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Absolute must have classic for anyone in yoga. This issue is particularly heavy, so I may look for a different addition if I were to buy one in the future.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Doesn't look the same - must have gotten a different edition. But content is as expected - concise, clear and a perfect starting point.Published 4 months ago by nature ❀ pod
This book is just what I needed to understand and improve my yoga practice.Published 4 months ago by C.James
Blown away at how precise and through this book is for helping with ques. Love this book only wish I had the opportunity to meet Mr.B.K.S Iyengar.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very fast shipping, exactly as advertised. So happy to be able to find the previous release of this book! Thank you!Published 6 months ago by Krysta Lovella
was not at all what I expected. The pictures are back and white and very old traditional. I am new to yoga and from reading the reviews thought this would be a good beginner book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Annieg