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Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat Paperback – December 27, 2005
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For more than thirty years, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health has influenced the growth of contemporary yoga in America; now this comprehensive guide brings Kripalu's uniquely accessible approach home to anyone, at any stage of practice.
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.
About the Author
Richard Faulds, M.A., J.D., has practiced yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. A former president of Kripalu (1998-2001), he currently chairs the Kripalu Board of Trustees. As one of Kripalu's senior teachers, he has also incorporated the first-person experiences of many colleagues and long-time practitioners. For more information about Kripalu Yoga, visit www.kripalu.org.
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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.
No matter what shape you are in, no matter what background you come from, no matter what spiritual belief system you are tuned in with, Kripalu is the most accessible form of yoga. I would especially recommend this book for people who are new to yoga and a bit put off by the acrobats that are now dominating the current yoga scene.