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The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga Paperback – April 18, 1995
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I have been using this large book as an aide to my practice for five years.
For me it has been a wonderful guide. The many poses or asanas are wonderfully photographed, and the lessons section sets out various practice routines and time tables that are appropriate for every ability level.
There is full section on the philosophy behind this yoga and its history, all of which is stated in a very clear and practical way.
It is difficult to be all things to all people, but I think that this book does a good job at coming close!
The text and illustrations in Vishnudevananda's book are invaluable for my daily yoga. His chapters on the Science of Yoga are also fascinating. The insights that were the most helpful to me included:
The science of Yoga dates back to pre-historic times and was developed as a method of obtaining Truth. The yoga philosophy teaches that we cannot understand the mind and soul as long as we experiment on the outside. To discover Pure Consciousness we must turn inward, still our thoughts and watch our mind and soul.
Humankind's intellect cannot understand the ever-unfolding mysteries of the universe, time, and the purpose of life. The sacred texts of most religions reveal that Truth can only be experienced when we transcend the senses, emotions, mind and intellect.
All the founders of religions saw God, glimpsed eternity and experienced Truth within themselves and sought Truth through spiritual practice.
Divine knowledge is the realization that the "Kingdom of Heaven" is within and that we are immortal, eternally perfect, peaceful and pure. Many wise men and prophets throughout history have transcended the limitations of space and time. Their wisdom was gained not from belief but through devotional practices such as meditation, contemplation, service, prayer, yoga and the reading of sacred scripture.Read more ›
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Wonderful book, great explanations, I really love photos that as a great illustration of our body, very inspiring! Recommend to everyone.Published 6 days ago by Veter
This book is really self explanatory. It is one of its kind and unique.Published 3 months ago by narendra bande
This book has things in it I would'nt advise anyone to try.Some of it I tried such as veganism ,anorexia, and candle gazing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Victoria Nicholson
I had bought this book many years ago & loved it. I gave it as a gift this year to a friend. I would recommend this book to any one who is into yoga. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Corneau
I love yoga it's history is very strange however it's wonderful for the body and this book is very informativePublished 9 months ago by mihael grose
The Source if you are serious about learning and practicing yoga. It explains the entire ecosystem yoga fits into as well as provides glimpses of the more advanced states.Published 10 months ago by Buck