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The Tree of Yoga (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – March 26, 2002
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"The well known Iyengar, a yoga teacher for fifty years and family man with six children, offers valuable teachings that are consistently lucid, inspiring, and instructive."— East West
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I read this book within a night, and have reread it many times since then. It's simple and inspiring, and will forever be a part of my collection.
In this book, editor Daniel Rivers-Moore has taken it upon himself to construct a narrative by Iyengar, gleaned from lectures given by the master in Europe and India during the nineteen-eighties. Rivers-Moore has done an admirable job of bringing the voice of Iyengar to the many readers who have not had the opportunity to hear him speak. The continuity of expression is maintained throughout, and the book reads as though Iyengar wrote it himself.
One sees that Iyengar is speaking to teachers of yoga as well as students. The extended metaphor of yoga as a tree is an apt one since when our practice is strong we are like a tree, solid and unshaken by the vicissitudes of life. But it is only a metaphor, one of many used by Iyengar in his teaching practice. His metaphor is not related to what is one of the most profound metaphorical images in yoga, that of the tree upside down with its branches in the earth and its roots exposed to the sun. It is said that this is the way we will see the world after becoming firmly established in yoga. Much of what we once believed (as children and young adults), we will now disbelieve and embrace the very opposite.Read more ›
It is divided into five parts: (1) "Yoga and Life," with essays describing generally the traditional Hindu view of the life process and how yoga fits in with that; (2) "The Tree and Its Parts," where the eight limbs defined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are described; (3) "Yoga and Health," which is pretty self-explanatory; (4) "The Self and Its Journey," examining the higher practices of pranayama and meditation leading to samadhi; and (5) "Yoga In the World," which has only two essays, the first about yoga as an art form, the second about the requirements and responsibilities of yoga teachers.
Although Iyengar does quote a bit of Sanskrit here and there, I would not say any of the essays are particularly "technical," though this is certainly not to say they are at all superficial. Quite the opposite--this book could not have been written by someone who was anything less than a master of his field, with long years of experience and reflection.Read more ›
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Every yogi and yoga teacher should have this book on their shelf. Go-to good read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must read to deeply connect to the practice of Yoga and how the understanding of a constant, dedicated practice can transform your life.Published 13 months ago by Healthy for Life
I was impressed with the excellent condition of this book. I bought it as "used" so I was expecting the worse. It came as new new book!Published 17 months ago by Leila Amaral