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Yoga for your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice Paperback – October 31, 2001
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all the details about
how I should go about personalizing my yoga practice
and all the alignment,
modifications, cautions and more for each posture.
And that covers only 2 of
the chapters. It also gives me an understanding of
Ayurveda, how to know
what type I am and then how to adapt my yoga practice
so that it has the
strongest balancing effect for my specific needs. The
chapter that gives me
months of practices especially designed for my type of
energy is really
valuable. Both authors are masters in their own
fields. Sandra Kozak has
long been known (and on several continents) as an
exceptional yoga teacher
and Dr. Frawley has written many books on Ayurveda.
All in all this is one
of the best books on yoga postures in print and is a
must for any
practitioner of yoga.
If you are familiar with ayurveda, you know that there are some exercises, some foods and some health directions that are better or not so better for your type (your dosha). Following this reasoning, according to Mr. Frawley, certain asanas, ways to breathe and other cares of Yoga practice can do better or worse for you, based on the type of person you are. His explanations are clear and objective, the book has lots of beautiful and useful illustrations/pictures, and the harmony you'll get by integrating that wisdom in your practice is incommensurable.
More than that, I believe your practice of Yoga can't be that good without this ayurvedic approach. In fact, I don't know why we in the West don't have the ayurvedic approach attached naturally to the Yoga knowledge, as it should be.
If you don't know Yoga nor Ayurveda, I suggest you the books about Ayurveda from Mr. David Frawley and the books of the Yoga from Georg Feuerstein or any other author somebody closer to you - who lives Yoga - had suggested you. But, the best suggestion at all, I believe, is don't die without knowing what Yoga and Ayurveda can do for and with you.
All the best!
Decent things about "Yoga for Your Type":
1. The programmes for instant dosha balance (for example instant vata reducing etc.) are inspiring - even if impossible for normal people
2, Decent intro to basic ayurvedic concepts for beginners or yoga students who know nothing about ayurveda
Flaws & Shortcomings:
1. The illustrations are all advanced yogis with perfect bodies achieving perfection. I loved Bikram's book for showing asanas done by REAL people. Fat people, skinny people, old people, young people, etc. Although "Yoga for Your Type" illustrates "modifications" for beginners, even the modifications are done by yogis with perfect bodies. Practicing at home in a mirror I have no idea how the asana will look on "me".
All this perfection is daunting. The average yogi will never look as good as the pictures in this book and you may hurt yourself trying.
2. Too advanced for realistic at-home practice. This book might be a good guide for professional yoga teachers, but even amongst the "level 1" programmes were many poses I will never achieve even if I practice for the next 50 years. And I am an intermediate yogi - not a beginner!
3. "Yoga for Your Type" ignores its own premise. For example I would like to see an old skinny person with stiff joints doing the vata programme. Why not show a fat person doing the kapha programme? The models and pictures are beautiful but have little to offer "real" people with all our imperfections.Read more ›
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