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Yoga Books

One Simple Thing

One Simple Thing

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Yoga was created as a science for liberation, but in modern times it is used by many to improve physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, more responsible contributors to society, and better inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that--as many practitioners report--how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?

Believe it or not, the answers lie in how the human body and mind function. Eddie Stern's One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life explains from both a yogic and a scientific perspective how the human nervous system is wired. It describes the mechanics taking place beneath the surface of our bodies and shows how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways.

Drawing on modern neuroscience, ancient wisdom, and decades of practice and teaching, Eddie Stern reveals how what we do--from diet to chanting, from postures to meditation, from ethical practices to breathing techniques--affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.

Original Yoga

Original Yoga

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Part history, part philosophy, part yoga instruction manual, this book clears up some of the confusion and misconceptions about the development of yoga, both traditional and modern. Richard Rosen draws from ancient yoga manuals, which combine philosophy with postures and meditations, to show how traditional practice compares with what we do today. He is an engaging, experienced guide who reveals the development of modern yoga through the centuries and shows how the ancient yogis did it.

Each section offers a guided practice session of ancient poses and breathing techniques to enable readers to connect to the roots of their yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the sequences they use in their regular sessions.

Outdoor Adventurers Guide to Yoga

Outdoor Adventurers Guide to Yoga

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Discover the power and benefits of yoga for outdoor adventures. With The Outdoor Adventurer's Guide to Yoga, athletes and explorers can tailor yoga practices to support performance, recovery, and longevity, no matter their sport. This fully illustrated guide covers the foundations of yoga, anatomy, alignment, breath work, and asana, then applies these practices specifically for hiking, backpacking, cycling, climbing, paddling, and snow sports. -Incorporate yoga before, during, and after your backpacking trips and outdoor adventures for greater strength, balance, connection, and recovery. -Understand the unique anatomical demands of backpacking, paddling, climbing, and more to address and prevent common overuse injuries. -Learn 88 poses with detailed descriptions, instructive photos, modifications and tips. -Follow 21 specific flows and postures of functional therapeutic benefit for backpackers, hikers, paddlers, cyclists, climbers, skiers, and snowboarders. -Go beyond the physical and develop practices to support holistic health, mobility, and stability. Foreword by Quinn Brett, Director of Accessibility, National Park Service
Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

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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.

Path of the Yoga Sutras

Path of the Yoga Sutras

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One of the great gifts of the yogic path is that it returns us to a life of simplicity, even as we go about our lives in a world of growing complexity. Through practice, we ultimately find the freedom to be who we really are, and allow others do the same.

This was Patañjali's original intention when he penned his legendary sutras. But when a text is over 2,000 years old, important things can get lost in translation. For today's yoga student looking to take their practice "off the mat and into the world," Nicolai Bachman presents The Path of the Yoga Sutras.

By organizing the sutras into 51 core concepts that support the Western student in germinating and blossoming these potent "seed" teachings, Bachman has created a breakthrough tool for integrating yoga philosophy and practice, whatever your level of experience.

Path of Yoga: Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices

Path of Yoga: Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices

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The best-selling beginner's guide to the history, schools, practices, and philosophy of the ancient Yoga tradition--from a renowned Yoga scholar

This overview of the essentials of Yoga is meant to both broaden and deepen the understanding of beginning students. It covers all the basic elements of this ancient discipline and philosophy of India--including Yoga poses, diet, breath control, meditation, mantras, Kundalini energy, and more. It also includes newly translated excerpts from the scriptures and pays special attention to branches of Yoga, such as Tantra, that are of great interest to Western students but are frequently misunderstood.

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

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NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

This book will shine new light on your journey, ignite your practice with new power, inspire new possibilities for growth, and infuse your life with the grace and confidence you seek. --Baron Baptiste

A little over a decade ago, Baron Baptiste published his seminal book, Journey into Power. The first of its kind, it introduced the world to Baptiste Yoga, his signature method that marries a lifetime of studying with some of the world's most renowned yoga masters with his uniquely powerful approach to inner and outer transformation. Since then, yoga has steadily moved into the mainstream in our culture, and Baron's unique contribution has played a key role.

As millions of participants incorporate yoga into their daily lives, Baron's teachings have evolved to bring them even deeper into their own transformative possibilities. Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice takes readers beyond the foundations of the practice by speaking to everything that happens in their bodies and minds after they get into a yoga pose. That is where the true transformation occurs, and where much rich spiritual and emotional growth is available. Readers will learn how to move through their lives with grace and flow, begin again when a situation becomes difficult, be a yes for their innermost desires, give up what they must, follow their intuition, and find their truth north.

With his signature blend of boldness, insightfulness, humor, and warmth, Baron offers what is destined to be an instant classic in the yoga and meditation world. With Perfectly Imperfect, he proves once again to be a true yoga master for the modern world.

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

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NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

This book will shine new light on your journey, ignite your practice with new power, inspire new possibilities for growth, and infuse your life with the grace and confidence you seek. --Baron Baptiste

A little over a decade ago, Baron Baptiste published his seminal book, Journey into Power. The first of its kind, it introduced the world to Baptiste Yoga, his signature method that marries a lifetime of studying with some of the world's most renowned yoga masters with his uniquely powerful approach to inner and outer transformation. Since then, yoga has steadily moved into the mainstream in our culture, and Baron's unique contribution has played a key role.

As millions of participants incorporate yoga into their daily lives, Baron's teachings have evolved to bring them even deeper into their own transformative possibilities. Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice takes readers beyond the foundations of the practice by speaking to everything that happens in their bodies and minds after they get into a yoga pose. That is where the true transformation occurs, and where much rich spiritual and emotional growth is available. Readers will learn how to move through their lives with grace and flow, begin again when a situation becomes difficult, be a yes for their innermost desires, give up what they must, follow their intuition, and find their truth north.

With his signature blend of boldness, insightfulness, humor, and warmth, Baron offers what is destined to be an instant classic in the yoga and meditation world. With Perfectly Imperfect, he proves once again to be a true yoga master for the modern world.

Pick Your Yoga Practice

Pick Your Yoga Practice

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On the surface it may appear that yoga is yoga is yoga, but take a closer look and you'll discover myriad different yoga systems and lineages. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, and while yoga is for everyone, not every style is the perfect fit for every person. But how do you choose between mysterious-sounding names such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, and Kripalu? As Meagan McCrary discovered when she began exploring different classes, finding the right style is essential for establishing a steady yoga practice. Pick Your Yoga Practice is the first book to describe the most prominent yoga styles in depth, including teaching methodology, elements of practice, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, class structure, physical exertion, and personal attention. Those new to yoga will discover they have options and can confidently attend a class of their choosing, while experienced practitioners will expand their understanding of the vast world of modern yoga, and perhaps find themselves venturing into new territory.

Styles included:

Ashtanga * Iyengar * Kundalini * Integral * Kripalu
Bikram * Jivamukti * Sivananda * Ananda
Viniyoga * Svaroopa * Power * Forrest * ISHTA
Anusara * Moksha * AcroYoga

Poetry of Yoga

Poetry of Yoga

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The Poetry of Yoga is a rich gathering of poetry written by some of the most accomplished and well-known spiritual teachers of our time. The book's introduction is written by leading yoga innovator Shiva Rea and contributors include leading yoga teachers Rod Stryker, Lilias Folan, Sharon Gannon, Joseph Goldstein, Sianna Sherman, Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Douglas Brooks, Chuck Miller, Erich Schiffmann, Swami Ramananda, Doug Swenson, Lesa Lowitz, Michael Stone, Tias Little, among others. Indian music super star Krishna Das has contributed his poem "Flying at Night." The book was brought together by artist, poet, yogi, and social activist HawaH from over 2,300 pages of submissions from 19 countries.
The Poetry of Yoga has been hailed as a "ground-breaking volume . . . . A book to cherish and revisit again and again--at home or in class" (Jane Sill, editor, Yoga & Health Magazine) and "destined to become a favorite gift book for our community" (Waylon Lewis, editor-in-chief, Elephant Journal). The perfect book for teachers to use as part of yoga classes and students and lovers of philosophy to ponder while sipping tea or in bed.
Poser

Poser

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National Bestseller

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good--even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife--and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read--because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

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"The studio was decorated in the style of Don't Be Afraid, We're Not a Cult. All was white and blond and clean, as though the room had been designed for surgery, or Swedish people. The only spot of color came from the Tibetan prayer flags strung over the doorway into the studio. In flagrant defiance of my longtime policy of never entering a structure adorned with Tibetan prayer flags, I removed my shoes, paid my ten bucks, and walked in . . .
"Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.
Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good--even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife--and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.
"Poser "is unlike any other book about yoga you will read--because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, "Poser "is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness

Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness

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This book describes Buddhist-Yogic ideas in relation to those of contemporary Western psychology. The book begins with the Buddhist view of the human psyche and of the human condition. This leads to the question of what psychological changes need to be made to improve that condition. Similarities between Buddhism and Western Psychology include:

Both are concerned with alleviating inner pain, turmoil, affliction and suffering.

Both are humanistic and naturalistic in that they focus on the human condition and interpret it in natural terms.

Both view the human being as caught in a causal framework, in a matrix of forces such as cravings or drives which are produced by both our biology and our beliefs.

Both teach the appropriatenss of compassion, concern and unconditional positive regard towards others.

Both share the ideal of maturing or growth. In the East and the West, this is interpreted as greater self possession, diminished cravings and agitations, less impulsivity and deeper observations which permit us to monitor and change our thoughts and emotional states.

Buddhism, Yoga, and Western Psychology, especially the recent emphasis on positive psychology, are concerned with the attainment of deep and lasting happiness. The thesis of all three is that self-transformation is the surest path to this happiness.

Power of Ashtanga Yoga II The Intermediate Series

Power of Ashtanga Yoga II The Intermediate Series

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A user's guide to intermediate-level practice of Ashtanga Yoga, from the dynamic yoga teacher Kino MacGregor

In her first book, Kino MacGregor introduced readers to Ashtanga Yoga, a popular and athletic type of yoga developed by her mentor, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Now, she returns with this informative follow-up to present and explain the Second--or Intermediate--Series to practitioners who wish to take their practice to the next level. MacGregor provides step-by-step instructions and covers the key aspects of the practice, including:

- The basics of Ashtanga Yoga philosophy
- Essential background information on the Intermediate Series
- How to know when you are ready to take on this next stage of practice
- The purification aspects of the practice
- The pranayama techniques associated with the practice
- And more

With over 250 photographs, this solid and engaging entrée into intermediate-level practice is a wonderful resource for both practitioners and teachers.

Power of Breath

Power of Breath

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Discover how the art of breathing can enhance your wellbeing and relieve stress with this engaging guide from one of the world's leading yoga gurus

Breathing is the most fundamental of our body's physical processes and our most intimate companion--yet most of us give it little to no thought. However, once fully acknowledged and harnessed, the power of the breath is unlimited. It can ease stress and anxiety, boost energy and stamina, enhance self-confidence, sharpen the ability to focus, strengthen the quality of voice, and even relieve pain.

With The Power of Breath, renowned yoga teacher Swami Saradananda aims to give gentle yet powerful guidance on the art of breathing, from the basic practices to its myriad effects on the mind and body. She explores the five types of breath--vitalizing (prana), nourishing (samana), expansive (vyana), cleansing (apana) and expressive (udana)--and provides breathing exercises for each one. She also offers mini programs for targeting specific common ailments and issues such as asthma, skin disorders, depression, lethargy and phobias--plus ways to harness your breath to enhance vocal, dramatic, or sports performance.

With evocative artwork, inspiring photography, and easy-to-follow guidance, this book will enhance and affirm your daily life through the power of breathwork.

Practical Ayurveda

Practical Ayurveda

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Practical Ayurveda guides you on a wellness journey that is tailor-made for you.

If you're looking for renewed energy, relief from stress, and improved sleep, this is the place to start. Practiced in India for millennia, Ayurveda reveals the path to ultimate well-being by identifying your individual characteristics and patterns of health and showing you how to bring balance to your life. Using this modern guide to conduct a simple self-assessment, you'll learn how to understand your constitution and patterns of health and bring balance to your life.

Discover the foods and recipes that are right for you, natural remedies for a variety of common ailments, and the power of yoga, meditation, and massage with Practical Ayurveda.

Quantum Yoga

Quantum Yoga

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Lara Baumann developed Quantum Yoga to help practitioners tap the ancient approach to achieving union with the divine through the harmony of body and mind.

Drawing on both Western and Eastern medicine aligned with Quantum physics, Lara Baumann offers a whole-body, whole-mind kind of yoga that is becoming one of the most important contemporary disciplines in the field. This accessible guide is the key to creating the ultimate individualized practice.

Quantum Yoga instructs the reader to recognize, construct, and vary dynamic yoga sequences ideally suited to personal needs. Part 1 provides a thorough explanation of the history, philosophy, and varying traditions of yoga, and also outlines the body's gross and subtle anatomies, the basic principles of Ayurveda, and how the modern insights of Quantum physics illuminate the ancient spiritual teachings of yoga. Part 2 delivers a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations, to creating a personalized and flexible vinyasa-yoga practice.

Quantum Yoga takes into account your body-mind constitution, and how circumstances might be changing around you. Creativity, mental focus, and clear intention are supported through the choice of a theme and peak pose. This is a spiritual system that adopts the holistic approach to health from the ancient Indian healing science of Ayurveda, while embracing the modern insights of Quantum physics to maximize one's power of conscious manifestation. Develop the skills and enjoy the freedom of finding your own authentic yoga path to health, happiness, and enlightenment.

Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight

Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight

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The gateways to wonder and delight are flung open wide for all to enter. At once a beautiful love song and an encyclopedia of yogic techniques, the cherished text known as the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra shimmers with new effulgence in Lorin Roche's The Radiance Sutras. Lorin brings us his unique perspective on each of 112 Sanskrit teachings, along with his one-of-a-kind guidance in how to meditate with, embody, and practice them--what he describes as answering the call of the sutras you love.

Here is an invitation to experience directly the ecstatic depths of yoga as revealed by the divine partners Shiva and Shakti, through an intimate exploration of:

The divinity that is permeating your body at this very moment
- The alchemical power of Sanskrit
- Yoga meditation--harmonizing all the elements and levels of your being
- The depths of your connection to the energies of life
Taken as a whole, this teaching is startling in its breadth and the huge range of human experience that it encompasses. This is a book to savor one phrase at a time, over a period of days or years or a lifetime. With The Radiance Sutras, yoga and meditation students everywhere can nurture their own relationship with these living wisdom teachings.