Hatha Yoga
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
The Heart of Yoga
Developing a Personal Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 089281764x

The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.

- A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher.

- This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings.

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya's fundamental concept of viniyoga, which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value.

In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level--physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga--poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy--and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.

This is a revised edition of The Heart of Yoga.
The Psychology of Yoga: Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches for Understanding the Mind
The Psychology of Yoga
Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches for Understanding the Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 1611800420
How the mind works according to the ancient yogic traditions, compared and contrasted to the approaches of Western psychology--by one of the greatest yoga scholars of our time.

Georg Feuerstein begins the book by establishing the historical context of modern Western psychology and its gradual encounter with Indian thought, then follows this introduction with twenty-three chapters, each of which presents a topic--generally a point of correspondence or distinction--between Western and Eastern paradigms. These are grouped into three general sections: Foundations, Mind and Beyond, and Mind In Transition. The book concludes with a brief epilogue as well as three appendices, adding depth to the discussion of the ancient yoga traditions as well as an informative survey of yoga psychology literature. The Psychology of Yoga is a feast of wisdom and lore, assembled from a perspective possible only for one whose monumental scholarship has been tempered and leavened by practice.
Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship [With CD]
Teaching Yoga
Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship [With CD]
Paperback      ISBN: 1930485174

Drawing on decades of experience in training yoga teachers, Donna Farhi offers the first book to set professional standards for yoga teachers. Teaching Yoga explores with depth and compassion a variety of topics both practical and philosophical, including how to create healthy boundaries; the student-teacher relationship (including whether a sexual relationship is acceptable); how to create physical and emotional safety for the student; what is a reasonable class size; how much a class should cost; and how to conduct the business of teaching while upholding the integrity of yoga as a philosophy, a science, and an art. A bonus CD features the author speaking about yoga ethics at a 2002 conference.

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.
Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression
Yoga for Emotional Balance
Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1590307607

Emotional balance is within your reach--when you cultivate the intelligence of both your body and mind. Bo Forbes, a psychologist and yoga teacher, presents an integrative approach to healing anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. In this book, she offers some of her most important teachings and practices, including:

- restorative yoga sequences designed to balance anxiety and lift depression
- breath- and body-centered exercises to calm your mind and energize your body
- simple ways to understand your emotional patterns
- an overview of the three main obstacles to emotional well-being
- five tools for building emotional balance
Rooted in classical yoga yet supported by psychology and science, the techniques in this book will help you create progressive and lasting change.
Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga
Yoga of the Subtle Body
A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611801028
With his expert teachings, philosophical insights, and pragmatic imagery, world-class yoga instructor Tias Little turns the anatomy of the physical body into a tool for navigating the subtle body.

If you spend considerable time doing yoga, you begin to see that it is about much more than just the body--the practice of yoga in fact reveals that the body is in no way separate from the psYchospiritual forces that animate it. Tias Little here provides a way to understand these forces as they relate to an integrated yoga of body, mind, and spirit. He unites somatic concepts and wisdom teachings in this practical guide to the anatomy of the physical, mental, emotional, and subtle (or energetic) body. Little is a master teacher who offers us a guided tour of the body's structure and physical anatomy, then uses this new structural awareness as the basis for exploring the subtle body. In a meaningful and pragmatic way, the book maps the connection between the body and the rich symbolism that pervades the yogic imagination, including the chakras, nadis, and koshas. Further, Little offers readers clear, insightful yoga, pranayama, and meditation exercises that apply these body-mind principles.
Yoga: Critical Alignment: Building a Strong, Flexible Practice Through Intelligent Sequencing and Mindful Movement
Yoga: Critical Alignment
Building a Strong, Flexible Practice Through Intelligent Sequencing and Mindful Movement
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611800633
Yoga: Critical Alignment is an innovative, illustrated guide to new practices that release the tension held in the body to create a new balanced alignment. In yoga, even seasoned practitioners have the habit of working the body from the surface layers of muscle. The muscles are linked to will power and discipline, and working hard on the mat can create unhealthy strain in the body. Author Gert van Leeuwen teaches his unique sequences of standing postures, inversions, forward bends, backbends, twists, and pranayama to get you to optimal alignment and ease. Each thoughtfully sequenced practice is meticulously illustrated so that you can keep this book at your side while you practice.

Core topics include:

- The role of the skeleton in movement chains and sequences
- How to enhance the body's mobility and deepen body awareness
- Cultivating a meditation and pranayama practice
- Instructions and refinement: inversions, standing postures, forward bends, backbends, twists, seated postures
- Planning lessons for a home practice or a studio environment
Secrets of Yoga
Secrets of Yoga
Paperback      ISBN: 1782404643

Whether you're a dedicated yogi looking to perfect your asanas at home or an absolute beginner, Secrets of Yoga brings you all the insight and information you need to get the most from your practise. This comprehensive, illustrated guide will teach you how to unite body and mind to enhance health, wellbeing and awareness through a combination of breathing, stretching, and spiritual and mental focus. Discover different schools of yoga, insight into the benefits of time spent on your mat, and follow the detailed instructions to a series of classic yoga poses to deepen your understanding and enhance your practice.

Healing Addiction with Yoga: A Yoga Program for People in 12-Step Recovery
Healing Addiction with Yoga
A Yoga Program for People in 12-Step Recovery
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1844091708

Especially oriented toward those in 12-step programs, this comprehensive wellness guide describes how yoga can stimulate recovery from addiction by bringing the mind and body closer together. The supportive and understanding text presents a 21-day yoga regimen using dynamic affirmations, relaxation techniques, nutrition and lifestyle suggestions, aerobic activities, and journal writing, all of which are geared to incorporate the 12-step philosophy into yoga practice. The featured poses are drawn from the popular hatha yoga tradition, while the complementary contemplations are applicable not only to addicts, but to anyone seeking physical and spiritual enrichment. Newly updated and revised, the guide includes beautiful, professional photographs throughout to demonstrate the wide variety of asanas.

Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation
Restore and Rebalance
Yoga for Deep Relaxation
Paperback      ISBN: 161180499x
Restorative yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater offers a program of yoga poses to help rebalance your mind and body and counteract the effects of chronic stress.

Restorative yoga offers the body a chance to rest deeply and revitalize. Whether you are feeling weak, fatigued, stressed from daily activities, or simply need to slow down and tune into your body, this wonderfully adaptive practice is essential for well being. Many of the practices are simple and accessible for people of all ages and in all states of health, using props that are readily available--like pillows and chairs. These deeply relaxing poses help you

- rebalance your mind and body
- create feelings of wellbeing, and counteract the effects of chronic stress
- recover from injury or illness
- lower blood pressure, and elevate and stabilize your mood

Discover how just a few minutes a day of active, supported rest can improve your mood, your energy, and your sense of physical comfort and ease.