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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800630
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gert van Leeuwen is the founder of the Bharata Yoga studio (www.criticalalignment.nl) in Amsterdam. He teaches (in English) all over Europe and Russia, at numerous studios in Canada, and in a growing number of places in the U.S. and Mexico. He was a student of Norman Sjoman, who was an early student of B. K. S. Iyengar.

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Obviously the book explains asana technique in detail.
Annelies
This first part of the class is very important because it brings awareness to the parts of your body on which you are going to work along the rest of the class.
Judy Hoster
For me this book is so welcome... thank you, Gideon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gideon on September 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Finally there is an book on yoga that makes sense:
No vague, semi-scientific or with Indian-mystical claims, but a very no nonsense approach to yoga with a
sound and clear way of explaining the asanas and meditation.
The author is introducing a state of the art blueprint for diagnosing the body in relation to movement.
From this blueprint all the asanas are being diagnosed and logically explained. There seems no way around it: it makes real sense.
The beauty is that the blueprint also functions as a stepping stone for explaining complex matters as
relaxation, consciousness, mindfulness and more.
For me this book is so welcome...

thank you,

Gideon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy Hoster on September 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
The author calls the whole of his ways by the name of Critical Alignment Yoga (CAY), and rightly does so. His ways do deserve a name to go by. Gert van Leeuwen gives grounding to a level of detail in the practice of yoga that puts his work one step further from the work of his (non-immediate, but almost) predecessor BKS Iyengar; the father of detail in contemporary asana practice. (Note that I'm a beginner; take my words in this review with a pinch of salt.)

A step back.

Eight months ago I started yoga with a CAY class in Amsterdam, taught by a student of Gert van Leeuwen. We would spend a good deal of the start of the class laying our mid or lower backs on a roll (something like a rolled up towel), or laying our upper spines on a (thick) rubber strip. This first part of the class is very important because it brings awareness to the parts of your body on which you are going to work along the rest of the class. Awareness is the first, if not most important, step in yoga; it is necessary, for example, in order to establish a feedback with our muscles so that they can tell us their state and so that we can tell them how to function.

This comes in connection with a recurring theme in CAY. Yoga is very technical (so involved that the practitioner needs to have a meditative approach in order to tackle it properly, as the author points out), so good will is not enough sometimes. There is a lot of room to better our technique, and subsequently our lives, by getting a deeper understanding of the process. Gert van Leeuwen seems to have had a similar outlook when roughly 30 years he decided to study yoga in India and try to reach to the essence of the practice. Why does it work, and what parts of it exactly work, and how?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Adams on September 5, 2013
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This book is very complete and the different asanas are described in detail. This is my favorite book on yoga and I am using the book when I am preparing my yogalessons.
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