- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (April 7, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679722874
- ISBN-13: 978-0679722878
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 176 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yoga: The Iyengar Way: The New Definitive Illustrated Guide Paperback – April 7, 1990
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A comprehensive, practical, and authoritative guide to the method developed by Iyengar. 100 key postures with detailed step-by-step instructions and photographs. This is our most recently published yoga book and has quickly become a backlist bestseller.
About the Author
SILVA MEHTA was an important figure in the spreading of yoga throughout the world, especially the West. She was a disciple of B. K. S. Iyengar and helped found the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale, London. She died in September 1994.
MIRA MEHTA, founder of and teacher at The Yogic Path in London, has studied yoga since childhood with B. K. S. Iyengar.
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I'd started about 6 weeks ago with The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga Illustrated, 4th Edition and I do recommend that book to beginners like myself, especially if going to class at first is not practical (which it isn't for me).
But after working with the "idiots" guide, I wanted something with more advanced positions and real pictures, instead of the drawn artwork in the guide book (which isn't bad, but it lacks what an actual photo can show).
Anyway, I haven't read all the extra stuff in this book, I'm sure it's good, but I wanted to write a review based upon the reasons I bought the book, the excellent pictures and the well written descriptions of how to achieve, safely, the position pictured.
In that sense, a beginner could start with this book as well, or in conjunction with one more styled to a newbie, but in any case, if you're interested in yoga and want a good book for descriptions and pictures of a variety of poses, this is a great book, I'm sure I'll be going back to it for directions over and over again.
Comparing with Iyengar's "Light on Yoga", the present book is shorter, more user-friendly, has a more modern look, contains fewer asanas, and has less (but more easily readable) discussions of yoga principles. Serious students will likely purchase both in the long run, but the present book is a better first buy.
This is not a "sit in your chair" yoga book. Although I don't expect ever to stand on my head or otherwise do extremely difficult poses, the exercises are clearly marked with beginners, intermediate or advanced poses. They are all there for those who will be able to advance. I find the beginning exercises have increased my flexibility. And I am 80 yrs. old. In good condition the price was minimal, much less than the shipping charge.