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Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Arranged in two sections, the first gives detailed instruction on Head Stand and Shoulder Stand, the two cornerstones of the Iyengar tradition, with their profound healing and meditative effects. In both poses he looks at the basic arrangement of the body and talks about how individuals may vary and what should be done in order to allow for those variations. He gives numerous prop modifications for the reader to adjust the poses to their bodies so that they may work in them safely and efficiently. For those who are not ready for the pose, he also provides alternative that, over time, will prepare the reader for the main pose itself.
In the second section he presents six different practice sequences addressing specific parts of the trunk and upper body. (He is hoping to follow this book up with a second volume dealing with the lower body.) The level of detail in these practices is remarkable.Read more ›
My only cavaet would be that a real beginner is likely to find this approach overwhelming. For those individuals, I would suggest some of Judith Lasater's books (I found her 30 poses for beginners useful and still refer back to it after most classes).
First off, I have to say that this is a beautiful book. For anyone who adores the physical beauty of yoga, you will want to just go through all the pages first to take a look at all the poses that are considered part of the yoga practice. There are some beautiful pictures. Once this was completed, I started reading the preface which explains in detail the proper way to read and use the book. I must admit that this book is broken down in sections that were a little difficult to understand at first, so reading the preface is important.
Part 1 is entitled Finding Inner Balance and takes a detailed look at Salamba Sirsasana and Salamba Sarvangasana and the differences between them. They also carefully detail the props you will need when doing the poses and also outlines the areas in which you need to use caution.
This section was a tad confusing to me as I am still not all that well versed on the differences between the various schools of yoga, however, once I started reading the description of each pose (with the details about proper alignment and how to do the pose effectively) it was much clearer. There are some great pictures of each pose - which helps in making sure that you are practicing the pose correctly and effectively. I also appreciated the "variation" section which was offered for many of the poses.Read more ›
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Thank you for putting such a great guide to using the inner body together. So many insights and such clarity is rare to find. Read morePublished 10 months ago by suzanne dodd
This is the first review I have ever bothered to enter on any product. This book is fantastic for practitioners who wish to deepen their practice. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Susan Ward
Clear pictures, excellent explanations. I used this book for a teacher training class and it was incredibly helpful in understanding the whys and hows of certain yoga poses.Published on March 13, 2014 by P. W. McCarroll
I read and re-read his descriptions of poses, how to get into and out of them. This is a great book for all levels.Published on July 26, 2013 by Cheryl Armstrong