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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press; First Edition edition (July 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914955810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914955818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ingredients
Yoga and Ayurveda together form a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness. Yoga & Ayurveda reveals to us the secret powers of the body, breath, senses, mind and chakras. More importantly, it unfolds transformational methods to work on them through diet, herbs asana, pranayama and meditation. This is the first book published in the West on these two extraordinary subjects and their interface. It has the power to change the lives of those who read and apply it.

More About the Author

David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.vedanet.com), which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology. He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.

Customer Reviews

This is the first book of the kind!
Alex Ikilikian
I found this book very easy to read, it has great information concerning Yoga and Ayurveda, not only for personal use but to train Yoga Students as well.
renataria
I recommend this book to serious students as well as beginners.
Nat Kat

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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Alex Ikilikian on June 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first book on this subject. I am a serious yoga practicioner and so far have never seen anything like this: so well connecting Ayurveda medicine knowledge with especially Hatha and Kundalini yoga. You can see that the auther is an adept, informing us about the working of prana in the subtle body. The book contains to my knowledge the most clear and complete explanation for a serious practitioner the inner alchemy of yogic transformation. This is not a book for a beginner! It explains everything about prana, ojas and tejas, vital information on pranayama, pratyahara, chakras and kundalini and all in connection with Ayurveda. This is the first book of the kind!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kate Sadowsky on April 1, 2008
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This book is perfect for those who already have some understanding of ayurveda/yoga/holistic health. It addresses the core principles and practices with a beautiful blend of spiritual lineage and academic rigor. This is definitely not an introductory-level book; it is a wonderful reference for those ready to move more deeply into these practices.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By aqua yoga lover on October 23, 2007
The kind of books I like are the ones that are tagged, underlined,and worn. That indicates that it is not just another book for another books sake. This is one of those books. Teaching or practicing yoga without knowledge of ayurveda is like teaching with some knowledge of life missing. It links us to the macrocosm aswell as understanding our constitution beyond the physical body and is a must buy and study. It helps us to understand what we have to re-wire on an individual level to make progress on the spiritual path. Camella Nair - Author of Aqua Kriya Yoga
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kawaikx15 on June 13, 2009
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words fall short when it comes to write a review on Dr. David Frawley's work. simply the best. No one has better understanding on the subject than him. I have been following ayurveda and yoga in bits and pieces. this whole book consolidated my knowledge and taught me the right sequence of things. for example, doing pranayama when your ojas is low, is killing yourself..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 8, 2011
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I wanted an introduction to the Psychology of Yoga. This book delivered. It's simple and easy to digest. Yet it covers a lot of ground. It's also written by a Westerner for a Western audience. For those intereseted in the mental health benefits of yoga, this book is for you.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms Muffintop on July 6, 2011
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The problem I have with Ayurveda is that based on the body type descriptions I don't fit into any of the categories. Until one can diagnose which body type one is, the rest of the information is not very useful. All the treatments are type specific.

In the 1980's I read a lot of Depak Chopra and that was the problem I had with his books as well. If you teach yoga this book will give you enough background info to field basic questions about Ayurveda.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Dan on April 25, 2004
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i've got this book after a recomendation of my yoga instractor and just like she said - it helps put the yoga i take at the gym, which is mainly asanas (postures) in a larger context of both spiritual guidness and preseption as well as other live guiding filds, like breathing, eating, and over all living.
though it deals with a lot of topics who were new to me, and a lot of sanskrit turms, the book's very well arange and repeat to explain certion parts more then once so that i was sure to understand, it's very methodic and though it doesn't creat or recoment a spasific practice to live, like some, mostly more shallow book does, it give you certion guidlines and directions to find yourself withing the path of yoga and ayurveda.
the book approach the 3 dosha (type) help you realize what type you belong to (air, fire or water) and what are the best approachs for you concerning breathing, eating, asana practice, meditation and other filds of life. on top of that it gives a very whole phylosofical approach that i liked.
frewley is a very good teacher, he phrases things very clearly and arranged a lot of half known turms while filling a lot of the gaps for me, i enjoyed this book a lot and it had direct influence on my yoga practic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Klein on July 24, 2013
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The topic of Ayurveda has been mentioned on my blog a few times, but this is the first book I've read + reviewed with a major focus on the topic - exciting! I'm glad to say that David Frawley's book doesn't disappoint.

As you can gleam from the title, this book isn't purely about the medical science of Ayurveda, but specifically Ayurveda's relation + inherent connection to yoga.

Ayurveda is the Vedic science of healing for both body and mind. Yoga is the Vedic science of Self-realization that depends upon a well-functioning body and mind ... Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that developed together and repeatedly influenced each other throughout history.

Frawley does a wonderful job of introducing the true purposes of Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as how they work in-tandem at all times. He does a great job of introducing Sanskrit terminology without it being overwhelming. The first few chapters may seem like a huge cascade of information + it can take some time to absorb how it all links together, but Frawley is quick to reference other sections of the book that are helpful.

As someone who has studied/read about/practiced both Yoga and a bit of Ayurveda for over a decade, Frawley's book is a highly appreciated addition to my bookshelf - the type of book I'll happily read + reference again + again.

If this was the first book I'd ever read about Yoga, I'd probably be a bit confused and overwhelmed, but if you know a little bit about Yoga (or Ayurveda) + would like to learn a bit more about Ayurveda (or Yoga), this is the book to start with.

Note: I highly appreciate Frawley's emphasis on all aspects of Yoga, not just asana (which is the most popular aspect in Western culture) - thank you, David. :)
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