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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (April 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129118769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517884317
  • ASIN: 0517884313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1960, more than 1 million people have used this classic guide to tap the incredible power of yoga. The attractive new edition, in a new size, will appeal to a wide audience of contemporary yoga students.

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This book is an excellent beginning.
Dennis Littrell
It is difficult to be all things to all people, but I think that this book does a good job at coming close!
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Illustrations are clear and instructions good.
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was my first yoga book; as such it is close to my heart. I read it (in another edition) in 1974 and used it as a guide to my practice for many years thereafter. It is not, of course, "complete." No "complete book of" ever is. That is a publisher's fiction. It is however, very thorough in presenting the yoga of Patanjali and the classical Hatha Yoga Pradipika to the English speaking reader. Much of the book is devoted to asana, highlighted by 146 photos of demonstration by an unidentified young man, who is as good as, if not better than (if that is possible), the accomplished and illustrious B. K. S. Iyengar in showing the sort of suppleness and precision that can achieved. The photos really are extraordinary. (As noted in a comment to this review by "louisnapoli" the person doing the asanas is a young Vishnu-devananda.) There is an excellent and lengthy chapter on pranayama and several on the philosophy and spiritual aspects of yoga. Consequently this goes beyond hatha yoga and becomes a treatise on raja yoga, the so-called "king's yoga" or "ashtanga yoga," or "eight-limbed" yoga--the yoga codified and outlined by Patanjali about eighteen hundred years ago. Raja yoga, which is a continuation of hatha yoga, is to be distinguished from the three other yogas of the ancients, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and jnana yoga, respectively the yogas of selfless action, devotion, and knowledge. (There is also tantric yoga, the so-called "left-handed path," the beginnings of which are lost in antiquity. Following the example of the Bhagavad Gita, tantric yoga is not mentioned in this book.) Raja yoga is sometimes called "the science of mental control," as it is here on page 220.Read more ›
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hunter on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, each good yoga text has something of its own to aid the student. Though Iyengar's books are tops for asanas and clear exposition, Vishnudevananda's book is particularly useful and complete on the subject of yogic hygiene and nauli kriya, the abdominal exercises, offering good photographs which clarify what text can only somewhat describe.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James on May 3, 2005
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As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, no book can contain every point on yoga.

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!

Enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah P. Nolen on January 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Vishnudevananda, the author of this classic guide into to yoga, founded the highly regarded organization for yoga studies and practices called the Sivananda Yoga Center. After receiving the life karma goal from his yoga teacher to move from India and share his knowledge of yoga to those of us in the West, he has written severa book that have become standard texts for both yoga students and teachers. Predating the current craze in only power yoga, the book has easy-to-follow instructions, inspirational teaching, and detailed photos and is a good introduction into yoga practice, as it covers every aspect of the yoga lifestyle, including relaxation, exercise, dietary guidelines, breathing, and meditation. I think that whether you're using it in conjunction with a class or on your own, this photo-illustrated introduction into yoga can help you in your daily practice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CeeCee on April 4, 2002
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I was lucky to be a student of Sivaram, a direct student of Vishudevananda. Through Sivaram, I experienced the sweetness of disposition of a true yogi and I was exposed to the enormous esteem in which he was held. The postures and philosopy in this book were taught to Vishnudevananda by his teacher, Sivananda. Sivananda was a medical doctor before he became a "yogi" and great teacher of many who came from India to the West to teach this ancient art. These teachers were "pioneers" of yoga in the West, developing classes as well as lecturing and demonstrating before groups of people during the 1960's. Rather than critiquing their "form" in the postures, one would praise them for opening up the West to the teachings and practice of yoga so that we all may continue to learn and grow in this ancient art and science. Reading this book will help any yoga aspirant to more fully understand the yogic philosophy and introduce the student to some of the 84,000 yoga postures. The postures in the book encompass the major areas of hatha yoga practice: forward bends, backward bends, balancing, inversions, and twists, and so are a complete introduction to the practice of yoga.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have never found a better book on yoga anywhere. This book is written by a great teacher who came from India. It has a comprehensive set of yoga postures, breathing excercises and meditation. The only flaw in the book is that one should study under a teacher. For those who cannot find a teacher or would rather work alone, I strongly suggest working with inner guides. A good book on this is The Inner Guide Meditation, or a similar book. A teacher is necessary, because contrary to what others may say, yoga and other spiritual excercises do work. They work for anyone who has the time and patience to do the excercises even for a short time. Results may take years to come, but they do come. But given a teacher to see the results through which can be frightening at times, this is an excellent book and I strongly recommend it.
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