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Yoga Books

Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing

Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing

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Let Max Strom help you heal your body, camp your mind, and heal your heart. "I love the energy and flow of Max Strom's yoga classes...but perhaps above all, I respect his quite strength and deep humility."--Ali McGraw

A Life Worth Breathing teaches us how mindful breathing, in tandem with the physical practice of yoga and spiritual practice of meditation, raises us to a more powerful level of awareness. Max Strom's groundbreaking book reaches past expected dogma in language that is inspired and accessible. Chapters include:

  • The Yoga Revolution
  • Our Situation
  • The Three Pillars of Transformation
  • The First Pillar--The Mind
  • The Second Pillar--The Emotions
  • The Third Pillar--The Body
  • Mind, Emotions, Body--Integrating the Three Pillars
  • Having a Code
  • Ethics at Work
  • Avoiding a Near-Life Experience
  • Activism

  • With exercises to help readers identify and achieve intentions, and anecdotes and analogies to bring the practice to life, this book will lead you to the loving and peaceful power of the universe and allow you to fully awaken to your highest human consciousness.

    Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika (Revised)

    Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika (Revised)

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    The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.
    Living the Sutras

    Living the Sutras

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    Bring the wisdom of ancient Yoga philosophy into your life in a fresh, accessible, and relevant way.

    In its highest form, yoga is a practice for your body and your mind. Living the Sutras brings the wisdom of classical yoga philosophy into your life in an accessible and relevant way. The Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga philosophy and practice, written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, are made up of 196 aphorisms that offer potent teachings on how to deal with loss and pain, and guidance on how to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden offer an entrée to this yoga training for the mind and spirit by introducing a sutra or group of sutras on a related theme, providing a brief commentary, and writing prompts to allow you to reflect on and apply the meaning of the sutras to your life. The book is at once an introduction to the classical philosophy, a quick guide for students and teachers, and an active self-study that helps you to engage with yoga wisdom in a deeply personal way.

    Living Your Yoga

    Living Your Yoga

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    If you think that you have to escape to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In Living Your Yoga, Judith Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily lifeall of themas practice. Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, the author serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you. Inspiring and practical, she blends her heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experiences as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, and yoga practitioner and teacher. The result is a new yoga that beckons you to find the spiritual in everyday life."
    Magic Ten and Beyond

    Magic Ten and Beyond

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    From the co-founder of the yoga method that launched yoga into the mega-popular mind-body practice that it is today (the Jivamukti method), here is a simple guide to developing your own individualized daily spiritual practice for greater peace and well-being.

    This powerful little book from legendary yoga teacher Sharon Gannon shows readers how to design their very own daily spiritual practice, incorporating yoga poses and practices, meditation, blessings, and other spiritual practices, to begin one's day in a positive and life-affirming place. While many people experience yoga only in yoga studios, Gannon explains that it is highly beneficial to have a private spiritual practice that can be done at home. Replete with how-to instructions on the ten simple yoga poses Gannon recommends readers do for health and flexibility, as well as guidance on meditation, blessings, and awareness exercises that can be added to the mix, this book will help readers infuse their day with greater focus, compassion, and joyfulness.
    Matrix of Yoga

    Matrix of Yoga

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    This book offers novice Yoga practitioners a solid foundation on which to begin or build their personal practice. Written by two highly-respected Yoga teachers and scholars in the West-Georg Feuerstein and his wife Brenda Feuerstein-the book will also augment Yoga teacher trainings, and provide current Yoga teachers with an invaluable text to use with or recommend to their new students. Yoga stands for spiritual discipline, as it was developed in India over thousands of years. This is the focus and purpose of The Matrix of Yoga: to provide as simple an introduction to the authentic teachings of Yoga as possible. While Yoga traditionally included physical postures, this was just one aspect of practice. Mental discipline was counted as far more important. Above all, Yoga was wrapped into an overall spiritual framework. Every single discipline had the purpose of helping the practitioner to grow toward inner (or spiritual) freedom. This reader-friendly handbook is divided into two sections. In Part 1 the authors establish the substructure of Yoga, with short essays that cover basic principles: the meaning of Yoga, the practice, the types, the deeper commitment and levels. They go on to explain practical applications of Yogic philosophy to all aspects of life, including: diet, working with the mind, livelihood, and the transcendence of ego. In Part 2, presented in a unique question and answer format, they address 30 of the most important and widely-asked questions by newcomers to this path. Their straightforward and highly-authoritative responses will give any practitioner a more direct understanding of the issues involved in adopting Yoga as a practice, a lifestyle, a spiritual philosophy. Rather than requiring research through numerous and complicated texts to find answers, newcomers will appreciate having wise elders to guide them along the way. Some of the relevant issues include: Can one be a Christian and still practice Yoga? Does Yoga require the need for a guru, and if so how to find one? Is the market appeal of Yoga today an asset or a detriment to the serious practitioner? Without denying that modern practitioners of the physical postures of Yoga are significantly helped by them, the Feuersteins emphasize the "so much more!" The core power of Yoga-which is in its spiritual and ethical wisdom-remains untapped in so many contemporary approaches. This book seeks to address that lack.
    May I Be Happy

    May I Be Happy

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    For all her wisdom as a teacher, Cyndi Lee understood intuitively that she still had a lot to learn. In spite of her success in physically demanding professions - dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher - Lee was caught in a lifelong cycle of repetitive self-judgment about her body. Instead of the radical contentment expected in international yoga teachers, she realised that hating her body was a form of suffering, which was infecting her closest relationships - including her relationship to herself. Inspired by the honesty and vulnerability of her students, Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led her outward - from the sacred sites of the parched Indian countryside to the center of the 2011 earthquake in Japan - and inward, to seek the counsel of wise women, friends and strangers both. Applying the ancient Buddhist practice of loving-kindness meditation to herself, Lee learned that compassion is the only antidote to hatred, thereby healing her heart and changing her mind. With prose as agile as the yoga sequences she creates, May I Be Happy gives voice to Lee's belief that every life arises, abides, and ultimately dissolves. By becoming her own best student, Lee internalizes the strength, stability, and clarity she imparts in her Buddhist-inspired yoga classes.
    Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

    Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

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    365 daily reflections offering a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life, from the acclaimed yoga teacher, Rolf Gates.

    As more and more people in the West pursue yoga in its various forms, whether at traditional centers, in the high-powered atmosphere of sports clubs, or on their own, they begin to realize that far from being just another exercise routine, yoga is a discipline of the body and the mind. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day, during evening reflection, the daily reflections in Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone's yoga journey.

    Meditations on Intention and Being

    Meditations on Intention and Being

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    Take the mindfulness of yoga off the mat and integrate it into every aspect of life with 365 inspirational daily reflections from acclaimed yoga teacher Rolf Gates.

    Gates draws on twenty years of teaching experience to help readers--from experienced yogis to novices seeking a little tranquility--fundamentally reconsider their relationships with their minds, bodies, and the universe around them through self-reflection.

    Over the course of seven chapters, he explores Effortlessness, Nonviolence, The Spirit of Practice, Mindfulness, Compassion and Loving-kindness, Equanimity and Joy, and Intention and Being, giving readers the tools they need to effect positive changes in their lives.

    Mirror of Yoga

    Mirror of Yoga

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    The world of yoga is astonishingly rich in its array of schools and practices. Yet as diverse as they seem, they share a common aim: the discovery of the essence of existence that can be found at the core of our being, and the liberation that comes from that discovery. With this worthy goal in mind, Richard Freeman presents an enlightening overview of the many teachings, practices, and scriptures that serve as the basis for all the schools of yoga--hatha, bhakti, jnana, karma, tantra, and others. He shows how the myriad forms are ultimately related and can even be perceived to make up a vast, interpenetrating matrix, symbolizing the unity, profundity, and beauty of the ancient tradition.

    To learn more, visit MirrorofYoga.com.

    Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life

    Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life

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    Ayurveda is a holistic healing tradition from India whose history is linked to the development of yoga. It is an ancient system in which physical and spiritual well-being comes from a number of sources, including a healthful diet based on one's individual constitution.

    Ayurveda is about achieving a physical and spiritual balance through a number of means, including yoga, aromatherapy, and diet. This all-vegetarian cookbook based on Ayurvedic traditions features delectable and nutritious recipes that appeal to particular doshas, which are one's personal constitution based on physical and mental characteristics: fire (pitta), air (vata), and earth (kapha). (The book includes a dosha questionnaire so readers can determine their own.) And while the recipes are authentically Ayurvedic, they feature easy-to-find ingredients and modern-day cooking methods appropriate for busy schedules.

    The book also includes yoga postures, cleansing programs, and information on aromatherapy, color therapy, and Abhyanga massage. There are also suggested meat substitutions for non-vegetarians. (Ayurveda is not exclusively vegetarian, although this book is.)

    Written with both converts and beginners in mind, The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook is a twenty-first-century approach to a five-thousand-year-old tradition that will restore your health, energy, and sense of well-being.
    Two-color throughout.

    Modern Yoga Bible

    Modern Yoga Bible

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    Get the most out of your yoga workout!

    The Modern Yoga Bible details up-to-date yoga practices and techniques that increase flexibility and strength, relieve stress, and calm the mind. Inside you'll find a complete step-by-step guide to active flowing sequences (vinyasa flow yoga), slower, more restorative floor-based postures (yin yoga), and meditation. It's an enormous amount of instruction, including:

    - Advice for beginners as well as expert tips for yogis wishing to deepen their practice
    - An emphasis on newer poses and active flowiing sequences
    - Guidelines for combining poses to create your own complete and balanced home yoga practice
    - Guidance on how to modify poses to suit your individual needs and experience
    This exceptional book stands on its own, or works as the perfect complement to Christina Brown's original category bestseller, The Yoga Bible.

    Morning Cup of Yoga

    Morning Cup of Yoga

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    Whether you're a novice or expert yoga practitioner, this book and audio CD offers up a simple stretching routine to improve your health and well-being. You can do it right in your kitchen with no more equipment than a chair and the countertop.
    Moving into Meditation

    Moving into Meditation

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    Moving into Meditation is a practical and inspiring guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format.

    One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. Cushman's curriculum integrates asana with mindfulness meditation to help practitioners turn embodiment from a concept into a tangible reality. Her insightful mixture of practices, yoga history, and Buddhist philosophy are made relevant to your present-day life. Personal stories from the trenches of decades of practice and teaching add color; Cushman's characteristic poetic and funny voice makes all readers feel that much more human. Cushman believes--and experience proves--that by becoming better attuned to and acquainted with the body, the physical forms become a vehicle for becoming more intimate with yourself and your world. From there, we can explore and embody the teachings of the Buddha for a more awakened life.

    In recent years, mindfulness has blasted into mainstream culture much as yoga did two decades ago, making mindful yoga an appealing trend. But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body?

    As we quickly learn, the practices are inherently entwined. Experienced yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman answers all these questions and more in Moving into Meditation, teaching us to deepen our asana practices with mindfulness meditation and enhance our meditation practice with asana. With compassion, humor, and deep intelligence, Moving into Meditation guides us through integrating mind, body, and spirit practices for a wide-awake life.

    Namaslay

    Namaslay

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    Candace's approach to yoga, which combines old-world principles with a modern-day perspective comes from her own experience fighting back against a dangerous illness and depression. Her focus on perseverance and overcoming adversity transforms Namaslay into a powerful, motivational guide to help you live your most authentic life.

    With a distinct visual format, Namaslay guides readers step by step through more than 100 yoga poses. The poses are broken down by experience level into a series of progressions and include modifications for those who can't quite achieve the full expression of a pose just yet. Full-color photos and tips on overcoming common mistakes helps people get the most out of every pose.

    Namaslay also features three 30-day yoga programs that focus on: de-stress, core strengthening, and back pain. You will also find specific yoga sequences that are customized for everyone from the office dweller to the endurance athlete.

    Written with heart, humor, and swagger, Namaslay is a book for everyone, from beginners to advanced practitioners and even the simply curious.

    Namaslay's high-quality, edgy yet beautiful photographs add an artful flair that puts it in a class of its own--as appropriate for a coffee table as a yoga studio!

    New Yoga for Healthy Aging

    New Yoga for Healthy Aging

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    A step-by-step guide for the millions of baby boomers who want one simple practice for feeling and looking great--yoga!

    One in five Americans is now moving toward the age bracket of "sixty and beyond," and while many are calling sixty the "new forty," this milestone is the perfect time to take stock in good health. One form of exercise that is proven to prevent or alleviate a host of physical and mental ailments for the last 5,000 years is yoga.

    Now, under the guidance of a qualified and well-known Iyengar yoga teacher, who is also the author of The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers can reap the benefits of yoga with this gentle and clear guide written specifically with today's baby boomers in mind. Filled with clear instructions, including the use of yoga props and modified poses, plus crisp follow-along photographs, The New Yoga for Healthy Aging takes readers step by step through the asanas (poses) that can prevent or lessen ailments such as osteoporosis, hip fractures, chronic pain, arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. With heartfelt interviews and tips from some of America's most active yoga teachers and their older students--each sharing wisdom, insights and successes--readers will discover a source of inspiration that will help their practice evolve into more than just those moments they spend on the mat.

    New Yoga for People Over 50

    New Yoga for People Over 50

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    Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. Nationwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination.

    In The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers will learn how the health of the spine and posture affect every sustem of the body, and how yoga positions and breathing exercises benefit the circulatory system, the heart and other vital organs, relieve menopausal symptoms, and remove stiffness and inertia from the body. In this comprehensive guide, Iyengar yoga expert Suza Francina describes and illustrates how to begin and maintain a yoga program through personal stories and over 100 easy-to-follow instructional photos of older teachers and students.

    No Om Zone: A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Guide to the Healing Practice of Yoga

    No Om Zone: A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Guide to the Healing Practice of Yoga

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    If you've ever wanted to try yoga but felt intimidated to walk into a class--or maybe tried it but were put off by complicated poses, foreign terminology, or chanting--The No OM Zone is for you. The No OM Zone, a practical guide designed to make yoga accessible to everyone, is based on the pioneering program by former professional triathlete, Kimberley Fowler whose pioneering Yoga for Athletes(R) Workout and DVD introduced everyday people to yoga with a fun and fulfilling approach.

    The No OM Zone offers a range of yoga workouts as well as excellent information on:
    *The benefits of yoga, from improved posture to increased energy and lower stress
    *Injury prevention and rehabilitation through yoga
    *Types of yoga and yoga styles, from Kundalini to Power Yoga, and which one is right for you
    *Breath work and meditation
    *Poses that target specific muscle groups and areas of the body
    *Sports-related benefits and sports-specific poses to help you excel at your favorite event or pastime

    Designed to get you off the couch and onto the mat, The No OM Zone can help you enjoy the amazing, lifelong benefits of the ancient practice.