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Yoga Resource Hardcover-spiral – 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Tirtha Studios; 1ST edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983688303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983688303
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recommended for my yoga teacher training.
Constance Aigner
Very comprehensive collection of yoga pose illustrations with sanskrit names & pronunciation guide.
Granolan
I can't wait for updated editions - not least of which a digital version, I hope!
Kat Colibri

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nik Gervae on September 19, 2011
I preordered this book based on Darren's poster of Anusara yoga poses. The book addresses several problems with the poster:

+ Although the book is a bit thick, you can consult it just about anywhere, unlike the poster.
+ The pictures are big so you can really see what the pose looks like.
+ Each picture has both (romanized) Sanskrit and English names, with an approximate pronunciation guide (but see below).
+ Wonderful photographic indexes at the beginnig of each section. This feature in the preview images is one of the things that sold me on the book.

Unfortunately the book has flaws of its own:

--- Awful, awful wire spiral binding loosely attached to the cover. At over 440 pages I can see this is not going to last. Pages splay every which way and shift out of the protection of the cover, and the holes cut into the pages are close to the edge, so that pages are going to fold at the edges and tear from the binding. The spiral-bind wires are already warped. The cover hinges are paper and are not going to survive long, either.
- The alphabetical index at the end is by Sanskrit name only. (By comparison, Bruce Bowditch's book of hand-drawn poses has two indexes).
- The pronunciation guide uses some weird system they developed, and isn't explained anywhere (they use capital letters for long vowels & retroflex consonants, it seems, except for ' and ' which I still haven't deciphered as they are inconsistently rendered as Sh and SH). They should have just used standard Sanskrit romanization with diacritics, alongside the more basic romanization if necessary to match common press spellings.

If I had seen this book in person, I regretfully would have passed on buying it due to these problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kat Colibri on October 5, 2011
...Then 400 pictures of Darren Rhodes in superlatively executed yoga postures is worth a lifetime of study and reverie. This book is supremely inspiring as well as utterly useful. As a practitioner, I am motivated and empowered to take my practice to ever expanding levels, and as a teacher I appreciate the ability to efficiently locate poses by visual and written index, as well as being able to visually compare poses and their relationships to one another. I celebrate the creators' logic in dividing and sequencing the postures into different classifications (i.e. arm balances, backbends, inversions), and the sutra-like simplicity - nothing but the essential! The presentation is so beautiful I have this book out on display in my home. I can't wait for updated editions - not least of which a digital version, I hope!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lara on September 23, 2011
Darren Rhodes' latest offering is truly a must-have for anyone with a desire to deepen or refine their yoga practice. 400 beautiful and clear pictures which accurately show the poses, both Sanskrit and English names, and a pronunciation guide make it a boon for both teachers and students. The photo indexes are another a great feature, making it easy to get right to the pose that has my interest, as well as being a nice visual overview. The book feels great in my hands and the binding is one of my favorite features. It enables me to open the book flat, perfect for use during practice. I also appreciate the care it asks me to take while flipping the pages to be sure they stay beautiful. It reminds me of the great respect and reverence I have for my practice and my teachers, as well as the respect I have for the love and care that went into the making of this great Yoga Resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack on April 7, 2013
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This book is a priceless tool for teachers. It's similar to Light On Yoga with everything stripped out except the images. In that simplicity, insights seem to jump right off the pages! If you're passionate about asana and sequencing - and have a curious analytical mind - I have no doubt that you'll gain plenty from this book. I rarely create a class sequence without it.

I also use it as an inspiring focal point for advancing my personal practice. The spiral binding allows it to easily lay flat - I keep it by my practice space and open to a new random page every day. Gives me plenty to contemplate each time I practice or simply walk by!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Djibril Estrada on October 10, 2011
I could spend countless hours examining the photos in this book. The pics are truly captivating. I wonder how his body bends like that. I wonder if my body will ever bend like that. I wonder if it's even prudent for me to try bending like that. Ultimately though, I am deeply moved by Darren's uncanny ability to demonstrate such awesome feats of power and precision. I see supreme balance in each pose. I'm especially inspired knowing he has used yoga and intense bodywork to correct his severe scoliosis. His is a remarkable story.

This extraordinary work is a beautiful testament to one student's dedication and devotion both to his own personal yoga practice and his primary teacher John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. I heartily recommend this book for anyone aspiring to fine-tune their asana practice. Although there is no replacement for one-on-one instruction with a trusted teacher, this book has already taught me so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent I. Polley and Lynn Polley on September 30, 2011
This is beautifully done and organized. The pictures are large, well-lit and usefully presented: you can use them in fine-tuning your alignment. The organization is thematic, generally tracking a typical practice, but allowing expansion (or retreat) as the mood and body permits. As important, the book simply FEELS complete -- it's nicely assembled and satisfyingly sturdy. In a single volume, this contains teaching, spirit and opportunity -- all things I need, and all I need.
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