Hatha Yoga
Tantra of the Yoga Sutras: Essential Wisdom for Living with Awareness and Grace
Tantra of the Yoga Sutras
Essential Wisdom for Living with Awareness and Grace
Paperback      ISBN: 1611806151
A readable, accessible version of the ancient classic primer on the practice of yoga--interpreted by a contemporary Tantric yoga master.

The Yoga Sutras is Patanjali's classic text on how to experience oneness (samadhi) within yoga practice. Serious yoga students want to bring the wisdom of the Sutras to their practice but often find the text impenetrable and difficult to relate to. Here, yogi and Tantric master Alan Finger offers an interpretation of the Sutras that is clear and immediately relevant--and he shows contemporary practitioners that samadhi is something that they can experience here and now.

Yoga is a process of spiritual evolution, and samadhi is as natural as breathing and available to all, because it is our true nature. Viewed through a Tantric framework, Finger shows us how the Sutras describe the yogic process that both leads us to the experience of samadhi and allows us to weave the wisdom and grace of that experience back into our everyday life.
Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being
Yoga for Healthy Aging
A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being
Paperback      ISBN: 1611803853
The definitive resource on how to use yoga to foster your physical, mental, and emotional health for a lifetime.

Everyone would like to age with as much strength and grace as possible and now numerous studies confirm what many yoga practitioners have known for a long time: yoga practice has a remarkable impact on physical and mental health--and spiritual well-being--as you grow older. Yoga for Healthy Aging is the definitive resource on how to use yoga to foster your physical, mental, and emotional health for a lifetime.

Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow, respected yoga teachers and authors of the popular "Yoga for Healthy Aging" blog, explain how yoga can address concerns related to strength, flexibility, balance, agility, cardiovascular health, brain health, and stress management, among other issues. They offer a safe, real-world yoga program to suit your particular needs, which includes poses, breathing practices, meditation, and yoga philosophy. Their program was developed in consultation with scientific and medical experts on aging, and allow you to focus on maintaining overall physical health and/or addressing target problem areas. Yoga for Healthy Aging is a yoga toolbox that will set you up for a lifetime of emotional and spiritual well-being.
The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice
The Path of Modern Yoga
The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice
Hardcover      ISBN: 1620555670

A history of yoga's transformation from sacred discipline to exercise program to embodied spiritual practice

- Identifies the origin of exercise yoga as India's response to the mania for exercise sweeping the West in the early 20th century

- Examines yoga's transformations through the lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures, including Sri Yogendra, K. V. Iyer, Louise Morgan, Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar

- Draws on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources and includes 99 illustrations

In The Path of Modern Yoga, Elliott Goldberg shows how yoga was transformed from a sacred practice into a health and fitness regime for middle-class Indians in the early 20th century and then gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century into an embodied spiritual practice--a yoga for our times.

Drawing on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources as well as recent scholarship, Goldberg tells the sweeping story of modern yoga through the remarkable lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures: six Indian yogis (Sri Yogendra, Swami Kuvalayananda, S. Sundaram, T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, and B. K. S. Iyengar), an Indian bodybuilder (K. V. Iyer), a rajah (Bhavanarao Pant Pratinidhi), an American-born journalist (Louise Morgan), an Indian diplomat (Apa Pant), and a Russian-born yogi trained in India (Indra Devi). The author places their achievements within the context of such Western trends as the physical culture movement, the commodification of exercise, militant nationalism, jazz age popular entertainment, the quest for youth and beauty, and 19th-century New Age religion.

In chronicling how the transformation of yoga from sacred discipline to exercise program allowed for the creation of an embodied spiritual practice, Goldberg presents an original, authoritative, provocative, and illuminating interpretation of the history of modern yoga.
The Yogi Assignment: A 30-Day Program for Bringing Yoga Practice and Wisdom to Your Everyday Life
The Yogi Assignment
A 30-Day Program for Bringing Yoga Practice and Wisdom to Your Everyday Life
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611803861
A high-profile Ashtanga yoga teacher introduces an inspirational 30-day yoga and lifestyle program that will challenge your mind, body, and spirit

"The brave heart of a yogi is defined by actions that make the world a better place."

Live with authenticity. Practice patience. Let go of negativity. These are some of the core tenets of a yoga lifestyle, on and off the mat. Yoga is about much more than twisting yourself into shapes--the heart of this ancient practice is an inner journey, one of reflection, spiritual awakening, and ultimately a calm, clear mind.

The Yogi Assignment is a 30-day introduction to these life-affirming and simple--yet revolutionary--principles. Led by master Ashtanga yoga teacher Kino MacGregor, this journey will challenge and uplift your body, mind, and spirit. Each day offers a practice and meditation that will help you confront your emotional, physical, and mental limitations and inspire real change in your life. MacGregor is a fierce, loving guide who encourages you to look deeply within to find your wellspring of inner strength and courage.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
Hardcover      ISBN: 0970700601

Coulter, who received a PhD in anatomy in 1968, and has taught in numerous contexts since then, has also been a student of yoga since the 1970s. Here he conjoins his two areas of expertise. After discussion of basic premises regarding yoga practice focusing attention, becoming aware of breath, movin

The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power
The Five Tibetans
Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power
Paperback      ISBN: 1594774447

"Inspired and clear, The Five Tibetans makes a worthy contribution to body-mind wellness and longevity."
Dr. Mehmet Oz

New edition of the popular yoga classic

- Provides illustrated instructions for the five yogic exercises known as the Five Tibetans

- Includes a new chapter on the author's continued devotion to this daily practice, even during his extensive worldwide travels

- Explains how regular practice of these postures relieves muscle tension and nervous stress, improves digestion, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tunes and energizes the chakras, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being

Originating in the Himalayas, the five yogic exercises known as the Five Tibetans take only a minimum of daily time and effort but dramatically increase physical strength, energy, and suppleness as well as mental acuity. Also called the Five Rites of Rejuvenation, these exercises were brought to the West in the early 20th century by a retired British army officer who learned them in a Tibetan lamasery. Regular practice of these postures relieves muscle tension and nervous stress, improves digestion, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tunes and energizes the chakras, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. Enhancing the innate energetic power of the body and mind, these exercises provide a vehicle for enlivening the senses and harnessing energy for the purpose of self-transformation. Since 1978, Christopher Kilham has taught these exercises to thousands of people seeking a healthier lifestyle.

The Five Tibetans has established itself as a classic among yoga practitioners and teachers alike. In this new edition the author shares his own positive experiences from more than 30 years' devotion to the practice, even during his extensive worldwide travels, and explores the spiritual benefits of the Five Tibetans as well as the profound impact the practice has on health, longevity, and healthy aging.
Advanced Hatha Yoga: Classic Methods of Physical Education and Concentration
Advanced Hatha Yoga
Classic Methods of Physical Education and Concentration
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1594774536

The classic Hatha yoga manual for a strong, vital, beautiful body and a balanced, harmonious, happy mind

- Includes instructions for many advanced Hatha yoga exercises to build strength, stamina, and good posture, the necessary basis for spiritual development

- Provides detailed exercise plans to help you develop your personal weekly practice

- Explains traditional yogic methods of fasting and internal cleansing, practices to strengthen the endocrine system, methods for advanced sexual control, breath control practices, and concentration exercises to improve mind power

Based upon ancient Sanskrit works on yoga as well as thousands of years of oral teachings, this Hatha yoga classic moves beyond the introductory level of yoga and provides illustrated instructions for many advanced asanas and other yogic techniques to build strength, stamina, and good posture--a necessary prerequisite for spiritual development.

Offering detailed exercise plans to help you develop your personal weekly yoga practice as well as techniques to target specific areas of the body, such as the abdominal muscles, this book also contains detailed instructions on many forms of pr n y ma (breath control), including alternate nostril breathing, kap labh ti, and sahita, as well as meditative methods for developing your powers of concentration and mental discipline. With instructions on diet, fasting, internal cleansing, advanced sexual control, and strengthening the endocrine system, Sri S. S. Goswami's classic text presents the complete picture of an advanced Hatha yoga lifestyle for a strong, vital, beautiful body and a balanced, harmonious, happy mind.
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga: Developing a Practice That Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace--Includes the Complete Primary Series
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga
Developing a Practice That Will Bring You Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Peace--Includes the Complete Primary Series
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611800056
A user's guide to the philosophy and practice of one of the most popular types of yoga--by the dynamic yoga teacher Kino MacGregor

Ashtanga Yoga is a graceful, athletic type of yoga that has become extremely popular in recent years. Here, Kino MacGregor--a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the great modern guru who developed Ashtanga Yoga--gives a comprehensive view of the practice, demonstrating how Ashtanga is fundamentally a path of spiritual transformation and personal development.

MacGregor delves into the history and tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and reveals how its philosophy manifests in contemporary lifestyle and dietary choices. She also explains the essential connection of breath, posture, and gaze that is the core of the practice. Her clear, step-by-step instruction of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series--including standing, seated, backbending, twisting, hip-opening, and closing postures--is a wonderful initiation for those who are new to the practice, and it will motivate experienced yogis toward perfection of the form. Throughout, MacGregor shares her own personal yoga journey and her devotion to yoga as a path of self-realization in a way that will inspire all practitioners.
Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain
Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back
A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611800498

Learn to understand lower back pain and heal it through gentle yoga exercises. Liz Owen, a yoga instructor who specializes in alleviating back pain, describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine. She discusses both the Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain--particularly the Eastern medical notion of energy flow and how that relates specifically to the sacrum and the many related muscles and joints, and the chakras, or energetic points, that relate to the area.

The sacrum, or lower back, is an incredibly powerful part of the human anatomy. It's what enables you to stand upright and tall, it unites your upper and lower body, it roots you to the earth, it is the foundation from which you reach upward--and it is one of the most common areas where people experience chronic pain and discomfort. It's probably the number one body part that keeps massage therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists in business.

Owen then provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and then for specific problems. The last section looks at strategies for sacrum health related specifically to pregnant women and those with fibromyalgia or arthritis.
Anatomy of Yoga: An Instructor's Inside Guide to Improving Your Poses
Anatomy of Yoga
An Instructor's Inside Guide to Improving Your Poses
Paperback      ISBN: 1554077664

Remarkable computer-generated illustrations of the muscles used during the most popular yoga poses.

Yoga teachers and students can use this book as a visual reference to the muscles that are engaged by specific yoga poses. Each pose is shown in a full-color photograph opposite a detailed and annotated anatomical drawing that identifies the active and stabilizing muscles being used. By identifying affected muscles, practitioners can maximize the benefits of each pose and even design a personalized yoga routine that focuses on their specific problem areas.

Anatomy of Yoga explains the basics of yoga, breathing and the spine, concentrating on the body's core musculature. It covers:

  • Yoga warm-up
  • Standing poses
  • Forward bends
  • Back bends
  • Seated and twisted poses
  • Poses that balance arms
  • Inversions
  • Restorative poses
  • Sequences, such as sun salutation

There are numerous asides, including "best for" information boxes that describe the muscles that work the most during each pose. Tip boxes give hints on safety and form and outline the target muscles for and benefits of each pose. The author also suggests creative ways to modify the intensity of an exercise.

Anatomy of Yoga is an expert guide that is extremely useful for anyone interested in enhancing a personal yoga fitness routine. It will also interest yoga instructors who want a visual aid that clearly illustrates the benefits of each exercise.