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Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat Paperback – December 27, 2005
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A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is the largest residential yoga center in the United States, introducing more than 25,000 guests a year to its gentle yet in-depth approach, which emphasizes individual growth over outward
perfection of form, making it accessible to people of all ages, fitness levels, and body types.
Even for those who have never done yoga, Part I of "Kripalu Yoga shows how to get started at home, with two complete, safe, and fully illustrated routines, including Kripalu's easy-to-follow "press point" instructions for each pose.
Far more than an exercise program, "Kripalu Yoga also teaches the awareness and energy techniques that make yoga a catalyst for physical healing, psychological development, and spiritual awakening. Part II builds step-by-step from simple breathing practices to deep concentration and relaxation, culminating in the remarkable experience of "meditation-in-motion" that is the hallmark of Kripalu yoga.
Part III provides a menu of additional warm-ups, postures, and exercises, allowing even advanced yoga students to keep their practice perennially fresh and satisfying.
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"Kripalu Yoga" by Richard Faulds captures the spirit of Kripalu yoga in a beautiful manner. Kripalu means 'compassionate' and this is an apt description of this style of yoga. Named after Swami Kripalu, a guru whose teachings were brought to America in the 60's by disciple Yogi Amrit Desai, this gentle yoga form encourages breathwork, inward focus and meditation in motion.
Faulds gives clear instructions to help the reader begin to apply these principles to their own yoga practice. Breathing exercises are featured and here you'll find the ujjayi breathing (ocean breathing or "victorious breath") clearly explained. For some, this is a difficult breath to master - but the techniques in this book help anyone comprehend how to tap into it.
There are many pictures of poses along with good instructions. Routines are included as well. I also enjoyed reading the stories of other Kripalu student's experiences. It certainly will convince you of the benefits of yoga! Also featured in this book is information on chakras, fasting, yoga philosophy and spirituality, and meditation. While this may sound like a lot to process, Faulds explains everything an easy going and gentle manner. There is nothing here that feels intimidating at all.Read more ›
What I disliked was some of the pseudo-scientific explanations about disease, such as references to Candace Pert's discredited work (she left the NIH many years before the book was published; she pretty much left mainstream science for personal reasons but I digress), references to alternative medicine as if they provide cures (when they do, they are called merely medicine), and so forth. I thought yoga is its own discipline, and does not need to refer to anything else. In addition, some of the quotes from practitioners were pretty trite: "I was overworked and yoga changed my life" was the common theme. Yes, yoga is great (I wouldn't practice it nearly every day for an hour), but a little profundity, a little depth in the quotes chosen would have helped this reader understand more about what is special about yoga. My last problem is with revering Swami Desai, who was caught in a sex scandal with 2 female disciples (revealed in the Afterword). At least, exclude him and just include the quotes from Swami Kriplau; they actually had a lot of depth.Read more ›
As I studied and searched, I came into contact with Stephen Copes fantastic book "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self". This fantastic book led me to learn about and come to understand the Kripalu yoga method [ yes folks there is much more than just the hatha yoga we all seem to come into contact with]; this great practice is a combination of the physical hatha yoga and meditation. Please don't be overwhelmed; it's, in my book, the perfect combination.
As one who finds himself progressing on a daily basis, I highly recommend these two books. I suggest the reader, searcher, learner to explore a basic hatha yoga book or experience while reading "Kripalu Yoga" and branching out to Stephen Copes book for the "icing on the cake".
Stephen Cope, by the way, is one of the Senior teachers at the Kripalu Yoga Center.
I'm pleased to make this discovery myself and even happier to share my experience.
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This is a great Yoga book. I'm fairly new to Yoga and this has been a great help to me. Easy to understand, clear and concise. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by D. Cox
This book has allowed me to rethink everything I knew about myself. It has opened my eyes to the wonder of Kripalu yoga!Published 13 months ago by Heather Hamel
I desperately want to be able to give this book a glowing review, but I just can't. I love Kripalu Yoga, the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires, and everything Kripalu stands for. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Fawn A.
This was not at all like the first copy I purchased, It was a horrible reprint that I sooner tossed in the can like the newspaper it was printed on. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Angelo
This is now the textbook for Kripalu teachers. I used it for earning my teaching certificate. Great information.Published 16 months ago by JF36