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Yoga (Yoga Journal Books) Perfect Paperback – January 8, 2008
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If that isn't stunning enough, wait until you open it. The pictures are *GORGEOUS* and truly amazing. I read elsewhere that there are ~375 photos in this book, and all but a few photos in the beginning are full-page photos. The poses they demonstrate are breathtaking and people doing the poses are equally so! The book begins with 60 pages of a remarkably complete and concise background of yoga - very informative. The rest of the book is the pictures and they are broken down into general genre of poses: inverted, seated, backbends, etc.
Believe me, this book will not teach anyone yoga, nor does it suggest that it will. What it does do is INSPIRE. This book is thoroughly fascinating and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you are interested in yoga at all or in the potential of the human body I believe you will find this book a treasure. It is actually quite a bargain for the price, I feel, given the quality of the book and the volume of material contained within.
Or, for that matter, getting into some of the asanas displayed herein. Up through now, I have been disappointed by the photography in most yoga books: either the constrast is poor, the pictures too dark, the subject's posture is off, or the background is some cliched, cheesy setting, like a beach or whatever, taking the focus off the subject. (Another mistake is when a book tries to do a two-page spread, and the subject's center winds up lost in the book's fold)
Here, the photography is absolutely stunning, and the quality of the paper it's printed on allows the beauty of the prints to shine. Subjects include David Life, Richard Freeman, Sharon Gannem, Rodney Yee, and many more of today's most respected yoga professionals.
The book also includes essays on the history of yoga, yogic philosophy, and diet.
Yoga Journal has created the ultimate tome on yoga. I do not read the magazine: to my taste, many of the articles are either sappy or exercises in public relations and attempts to create as commerial a magazine as possible with the highest subscription circulation (Fran Leibowitz once said that any special interest magainze that turns a profit is probably not so special or so interesting).
But here they have spared no expense - either financially or creatively - trading what could have been yet another title on yoga in an already over-saturated market, and decided to make a book strictly to satisfy a deep, committed passion for the practice.
Anyway, the paperback is a steal in terms of value for your money. I can't think of any reason not to buy it if you are the sort of person who cares enough to read this review.
My only complaint is that there are several editorial errors that haven't been corrected in the new paperback edition and I don't know if anyone will be bothered to fix them in the future, which would be a shame. Given the nature of the work, it's natural that there would be some mistakes, but that is what second editions are for. This paperback edition leaves the errors intact, which concerns me for future editions, if there will ever be any. For example, Indra Devi died in 2001 at the age of 102, but someone apparently didn't tell Ms.Read more ›
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Is like an Asana Encyclopedia. Has good info about yoga. Would recommend to any yoga practicant or teacher!Published 7 days ago by David Amado Paredes
Each pose is very well demonstrated by amazingly flexible models. Shows you what to strive for.Published 5 months ago by Krista
I just completed my Yoga Teacher Training where this book was required. I had wanted to write the review before but was afraid others in class might see it first and not go to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ruler Sophie
This book is absolutely beautiful. It's a wonderful collection of many different bodies expressing asana. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeffrey
Awesome book...photography is excellent....bought two....one for me and one for my daughterPublished 14 months ago by diarmid