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Yoga: Mastering the Basics Paperback – January 25, 2007
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"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
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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2013 update: I now have a whole library of yoga books and this is one of my top two books.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone especially people starting yoga will find this book very helpful. A keeper for your yoga life.Published 4 months ago by pam
Great book.It helps me move along from my beginners gentle yoga class.Published 5 months ago by debi perilli
If you don't mind turning pages as you go, you can actually exercise from this book. It's nice to look at and easy to understand. Awesome!Published 9 months ago by brainhoney
Outstanding pictures and very helpful to this novice in Yoga. I highly recommend this for clarification and as a reference source.Published 14 months ago by John