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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Himalayan Institute Press (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089389155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893891558
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...if you have felt frustrated and confused in your search for the simplicity and serenity of basic yoga, look no further." -- Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., author of Radical Healing and Diet and Nutrition

"I love the simple clarity of Yoga: Mastering the Basics! There is much here for yoga practitioners of all levels" -- Donna Farhi, author of The Breathing Book

"The most beautiful and inviting new yoga book to come along in the last serveral years..." -- Yoga Journal

About the Author

Sandra Anderson is the asana columnist for Yoga International magazine. She has been teaching yoga since 1981 and trains yoga teachers in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other cities. She lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Rolf Sovik, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He lives in Buffalo, New York.


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This book has nice clear black and white photos of people doing the yoga poses.
Marcia Brady
Therefore knowing what to do and how to do it makes all the difference in the world in sticking with your yoga practice and this book does exactly that.
F. Ehrlich
This book is slightly oversized and printed on thick, glossy paper so it feels really nice to use.
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145 of 147 people found the following review helpful By "deanna1965" on October 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a beginning yoga student, I've consulted several books to support my practice and this is one of the best I've found. This book is slightly oversized and printed on thick, glossy paper so it feels really nice to use. The photos, drawings and text are clear and concise and the photos show modifications for different abilities. The book features two asana sequences and chapters on pranayama, relaxation and meditation. The chapter that sets this book apart has sections on problem areas such as hips, hamstrings, abdomen and back. The chapter shows you which poses in the asana sequences help in these areas and then shows additional poses. This is the only book I would recommend to the yoga beginner.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2001
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All elements of yoga practice both spiritual and physical are brought to play in a title packed with black and white photos illustrating techniques and positions. From technical discussions of muscles used in these positions to step-by-step directions, Yoga: Mastering the Basics is packed with clear information any beginner will appreciate.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Burke on November 10, 2006
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This is the book that got me onto a yoga mat, and is still one of my favorite yoga manuals. In fact, I'm reordering it because it's getting so tatty being on the floor all the time, and I'm buying a copy for my daughter in college. What is particularly nice is the way the book is broken out into 3 distinct parts - the 1st is a programmed series of moves for beginners - a GREAT way to start. The 2nd is the program you move into as your joints become more flexible. The 3rd section has yoga moves for different areas of your body that you want to work on. The hip exercises help keep me pain free! I HIGHLY recommend this book!

2013 update: I now have a whole library of yoga books and this is one of my top two books.
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If you are looking for a basic book on gentle, non-intimidating yoga, this could be a good fit. Published by The Himalayan Institute, it won the 2001 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year award.

In clear, simple, easy-to-understand language, it introduces the reader to major aspects of yoga in a scientific way. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the detailed instructions. Each position is accompanied by a brief description of associated benefits. However, no contraindications are given. In our teaching experience, we think that even for simple positions certain cautionary tips are important and worth including (such as for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, replaced hips) as the readers who gravitate toward gentle yoga tend to have these issues. This is our only criticism.

The section on pranayama is written well and there are benefits as well as cautions given in this section. A brief section on meditation gives the reader the basic knowledge on how to begin relaxing.

Two sequences are built around the teachings of the well-known and respected institute. The first develops flexibility, strength, and balance. Anyone looking for truly gentle yoga will find the asanas very helpful. The second sequence is termed "deepening and strengthening." It builds on the first one and is a little more challenging. However, if you like styles such as Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Mysore Yoga, Anusara, etc. these sequences will not be challenging enough.

Understanding what you are doing and why is important to a practice and this book helps the reader understand with drawings of the anatomy of the body. A philosophical understanding enriches a yoga practice and the writers reveal a deep knowledge that can only come from living the philosophy on a daily basis.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on March 1, 2007
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This is an excellent and thorough introduction to yoga including the philosophical foundation and context for a meaningful practice. It has a great progressive program and provides a complete and comprehensive rationale for following it. It is well-organized, contains a lot of material, is very readable and very accessible to anyone. It is also printed on very quality paper, has excellent illustrations and is quite a bargain at this price. Highly recommeneded by this reviewer and I see a lot of yoga books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on May 24, 2011
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I have been looking for a set of Yoga exercises to do daily. And my search ended in this book. Found this book in the library. Simple and effective Yoga exercises for the Joe and Jane. I primarily do the 40 warm-up asanas and it takes about 20-30 minutes. I have been doing the exercises for last 6+ months. I recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Showy on August 23, 2007
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I feel this book does what it says, covers the basics. It's easy to read and the pictures clearly show each pose. There is more to read than expected, and it is all beginner-friendly & not over-kill at all. A good book that provides exactly what it says it will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on April 18, 2010
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Very nice book, has many pictures to follow for the beginner. Would recommend highly. This book was suggested by my yoga teacher.
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