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Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga Paperback – January 3, 1995
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The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.
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B. K. S. Iyengar, for whom hundreds of Iyengar Institutes all over the world are named, headed his own institute in India until his death in 2014.
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People who have criticized this book saying it's not for the beginners, should note my point #2 above. I think these people have not paid attention to ALL the sections in the book, and hence have felt discouraged.
The only thing I wish was there was categorization of Asanas according to their focus muscle or organ groups, e.g., "back-bending", "forward bending", "side twisting", "inverted poses" etc.
But apart from this, the book is gold and a must have possession for anyone who's serious about following Yoga! Two thumbs up!
Each pose has the real (Sanskrit) name, a photo or group of photos, and a detailed description of step by step how to properly practice the pose. The only thing is that the photos are small, and a little bit grainy (you can tell that they were taken a log time ago). But they are enough to see the correct form. Iyengar is a true yoga master. I have also enjoyed his book "Light on Life." The book also includes instructions for pranayama.
The poses go in order from beginner to advanced, and the advanced ones seem VERY advanced. At the end are recommendations for asana practices, and asanas for specific medical conditions.