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Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness Paperback – December 1, 1996
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World-renowned yoga master Erich Schiffmann now offers an easy-to-follow, exciting new technique - the first to combine hatha yoga and meditation - to all who are seeking healthful beauty and inner peace. Through simple instruction and essential illustrations, Yoga reveals more than one hundred poses and yoga routines for all levels of ability that will slow or even reverse aging, increase stamina and strength, and slim and tone the body; a complete program of meditation to promote self-realization, decrease stress, and promote creativity and love; yoga's secrets of stillness and movement that will enable you to radiate energy and feel an inner luminescence throughout your body; exercises that will awaken joy, allowing you to feel good about yourself and experience happiness; and techniques for mindful breathing and conscious physical immobility to wonderfully transform your perception of yourself and your world. Discover how to feel balanced, centered, and coordinated, increase flexibility, eliminate pain, and become free of life's negativity through the spirit and practice of Yoga.
About the Author
Erich Schiffmann is an accomplished American Yoga Master widely known for his award-winning video, Yoga Mind & Body, featuring actress Ali MacGraw. He is the author of a bestselling book Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness.
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I think that this book would be good for all levels of yogis. It would be a great place to start for a beginner (along with classes), but it was also a perfect tool for me to develop a deeper personal practice and a more aware approach to yoga as a whole.
There is a whole section on breathing with the postures which I've not seen done so well in any other book. Also, he explains his concept of "lines of energy" which really bring the postures alive. A line of energy is a directional path of force that moves through your body during a pose. For instance, when you are doing the Mountain (basic standing) pose, you allow two lines of energy to develop: one which starts at the navel and runs down through your legs and feet, anchoring you down into the earth; the other lifting you from the navel upwards through the crown of your head. Understanding these lines helps the practitioner to experience each pose as a way of reorienting one's energy, rather than just a set of muscle stretches.
Perhaps Erich's greatest contribution to the yoga literature is his way of explaining how asana practice goes with meditation practice. Before, I was never sure how asanas fit in with the rest of yoga practice. Now I understand a lot better. I found Erich's spiritual writings very unpretentious and inspiring. The meditation exercises are wonderful both for beginners as well as people who've been meditating for a while.
This is a wonderful book from a teacher who knows his subject well and who seems to have a truly open heart. I would love to take a class from him someday.
As a beginner, I found the book a wonderful read and a truly amazing introduction to delving into what yoga was really all about. Since then, even though I have acquired a large number of books on yoga, I still think this is the most imformative book on how to live and practice yoga without having to study all the yogic texts (I am not dissing those! I have studied them, with the Bhagavad Gita winning a special place in my heart thanks to our wonderful yoga TT teacher).
All these years later, I still love to re-read and dip into Moving Into Stillness and now have it on my kindle so I can take it everywhere with me.
If you want to learn the essence of yoga then read this book.
Teacher or self-teacher you'll find the "steps" or modifications offered for poses useful. Even if you have no problem with a simple forward fold, do yourself a favor and start with the "step one" version. By the time you ease into the full forward fold you'll be in the pose like you never experienced it before! I love that.
One reviewer took issue with the cover photo. The person inside the book is a pony tailed man, the reviewer complained, not the attractive looking woman. Well that's just silly isn't it? I think the guy in the book is the author! But even if he isn't, the man in the photos is executing the asana in such a clear manner it's like awesome.
This book's great strength is that it will show you how to be your own teacher.