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Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion) Paperback – August 7, 2000
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Bikram Choudhury, author of the newly revised Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class and yoga guru to the stars, is on a mission to heal America through yoga. Bikram claims that faithfully doing his yoga routine, which consists of 26 hatha yoga asanas (postures) set down by Patanjali over 4,000 years ago, can fix everything from chronic diseases (like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis) to obesity and depression. According to Bikram, his beginning yoga class exercises 100 percent of the body, increases energy, and leaves you looking and feeling fantastic.
The book contains nearly 200 photographs illustrating each of the poses. Each asana is also accompanied by detailed directions on how to do it the right way. Can't quite twist your leg around your head or touch your nose to your knee? Bikram will tell you how to modify poses so one day you, too, can resemble a pretzel.
This is not an easy workout. Even intermediate students will find Bikram's yoga routine, which requires about an hour to complete, challenging. Need encouragement? Beginning Yoga contains suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram's students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy. If you can't get to one of Bikram's 100 yoga centers and want to give his style of "hot yoga" a try, open up Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class and let Bikram work his magic on your body, mind, and spirit. --Ellen Albertson
`Yoga might have had its heyday, but Bikram is still blisteringly hot.' METRO, 28/5/02 `The hot new fitness craze.' DAILY EXPRESS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Both books are like taking a class taught by Bikram himself. Lots of fun. Plus, both books show & discuss perfect posture and reality posture (ie what you may be doing).
I think every Bikram yogi should read this or the blue book to improve your practice, practice “the right way” and make sure you get 100% benefit from each posture and every class. Your time is precious, don’t waste it!
Remember, when you try “the right way” you need only do 1% of the posture to get 100% benefit. These books will make sure you are trying the right way in your 90 minute class so you get full benefit.
Best wishes on the mat,
Bikram Certified Yoga Instructor
Bikram Yoga For You in Dedham, MA.
I read the book through once... then realized that it is broken up into 2 parts -- for each pose. The top portion is for advanced students who have a general idea of the poses. The bottom portion is for complete beginners. Although Bikram writes in the book that someone who has never taken a class can follow the book, I would highly disagree with that. I think you need to have gone to a few classes to get a general idea of the flow, then you can read about each poses and tips to get a deeper stretch/proper form.
I wish they would have redone the photos for the updated copy. Now that I have read through it once, I find that I go back to it for reference for some of the poses I find more challenging. I would highly recommend this book.
The studio instructors sometimes go very quickly through the poses and dialog, so this book offers a good opportunity for you to fully understand the entire sequence of 26 poses and answer any questions you might have about how to properly perform the asanas.