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Yoga: Mastering the Basics Paperback – January 25, 2007
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"I love the simple clarity of Yoga: Mastering the Basics! There is much here for yoga practitioners of all levels" -- Donna Farhi, author of The Breathing Book
"The most beautiful and inviting new yoga book to come along in the last serveral years..." -- Yoga Journal
About the Author
Undergraduate degree in education from the University of Washington and graduate degrees in reading and educational administration from Seattle Pacific University.
Rolf Sovik is the spiritual director of The Himalayan Institute and is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He has studied yoga in the U.S., India and Nepal. Co-author of the award winning book; Yoga Mastering the Basics.
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2013 update: I now have a whole library of yoga books and this is one of my top two books.
In clear, simple, easy-to-understand language, it introduces the reader to major aspects of yoga in a scientific way. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the detailed instructions. Each position is accompanied by a brief description of associated benefits. However, no contraindications are given. In our teaching experience, we think that even for simple positions certain cautionary tips are important and worth including (such as for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, replaced hips) as the readers who gravitate toward gentle yoga tend to have these issues. This is our only criticism.
The section on pranayama is written well and there are benefits as well as cautions given in this section. A brief section on meditation gives the reader the basic knowledge on how to begin relaxing.
Two sequences are built around the teachings of the well-known and respected institute. The first develops flexibility, strength, and balance. Anyone looking for truly gentle yoga will find the asanas very helpful. The second sequence is termed "deepening and strengthening." It builds on the first one and is a little more challenging. However, if you like styles such as Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Mysore Yoga, Anusara, etc. these sequences will not be challenging enough.
Understanding what you are doing and why is important to a practice and this book helps the reader understand with drawings of the anatomy of the body. A philosophical understanding enriches a yoga practice and the writers reveal a deep knowledge that can only come from living the philosophy on a daily basis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic and eye-opening! Well written and easier accessible! Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by Cassandra
Anyone especially people starting yoga will find this book very helpful. A keeper for your yoga life.Published 10 months ago by pam
Great book.It helps me move along from my beginners gentle yoga class.Published 12 months ago by debi perilli