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Read the book for his philosophy -- not to learn the poses.,
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This review is from: Bikram Yoga: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment (Hardcover)
I am hooked on hot yoga but am in complete disagreement with Bikram Choudhury over his attempt to patent the poses. It seems to really go against the core philosphy of yoga.
So why did I buy the book? I flipped through a copy at my local bookstore and read a few excerpt that made me think I would hate this book. But as I became more and more hooked on hot yoga, I wanted to learn more "keys" or "secrets" to achieving the various poses. So based on the reviews here, I purchased it as an accompanyment to the first Bikram book.
Although I wanted to dislike the book for the reason stated above, when I read through it, I actually enjoyed learning a bit more about his philosophy... and realized that the portions that I read were taken out of context.
I think the gem of this book lies not in the poses/or photos... but rather in the back where he discusses the thoughts behind "mind yoga."
So, buy the book if you are an avid reader and are interested in the man who "invented" hot yoga. But don't buy the book if you are a beginning student and want to learn more of the technical aspects of the poses.