Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
  • Alternative view 1 of Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
  • Alternative view 2 of Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom

Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom

5.0 6
by B. K. S. Iyengar
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Light on Life conveys the discoveries from a lifetime of intensive yoga practice, study, and teaching. Mr. Iyengar invites both those new to yoga and those who are experienced practitioners on an Inward Journey designed to increase their physical stability, emotional vitality, mental clarity, intellectual wisdom, and spiritual bliss. As Mr. Iyengar says, the potential…  See more details below

Overview

Light on Life conveys the discoveries from a lifetime of intensive yoga practice, study, and teaching. Mr. Iyengar invites both those new to yoga and those who are experienced practitioners on an Inward Journey designed to increase their physical stability, emotional vitality, mental clarity, intellectual wisdom, and spiritual bliss. As Mr. Iyengar says, the potential for enlightenment lies in the heart of every person, and the yogic journey will illuminate the path.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Light on Life offers revelations from a lifetime of studying yoga.” —The Washington Post

Light on Life is . . . a rumination on the metaphysics of yoga and the mystery of being alive.” —The Baltimore Sun

“Like his other books, Light on Life is rich in yoga philosophy and methodology. But unlike his previous writings, this new book is full of autobiographical anecdotes. . . . [A] formidable will percolates through Light on Life.” —The New York Times

“Rather than present the yoga postures as he did in Light on Yoga, Mr. Iyengar reveals in Light on Life the ‘heart of yoga' that he personally discovered through more than 70 years of disciplined, daily practice . . . [including] the precise ways that yoga can transform our lives and help us live in harmony with the world around us.” —Yoga Journal

Publishers Weekly
Master yogi Iyengar offers what may turn out to be his last written words on the discipline that he helped popularize with Light on Yoga. Published in 1966, that first book became yoga's "bible" and set the standard for yoga books, providing pictures and instructions. The 86-year-old teacher here expounds the philosophy of yoga-its metaphysics, of which yoga poses, or asanas, represent the physical component. Iyengar yoga is vigorous because it involves the body, mind and spirit, and the master explains those interrelationships clearly. Chapters elaborate on aspects of yoga-the physical, energetic, mental, intellectual and divine, showing the architecture of the comprehensive system of spiritual teachings that lead to samadhi, the state of blissful absorption. Yoga is about health and purity, flexibility and divinity. While this book underlines the intellectual aspect of yoga, it is insufficient for a new yoga student, no substitute for yoga sadhana, practice that requires and integrates body and mind. Not the book with which to begin the yoga journey, it is highly recommended for those advanced on the path and interested in learning from a master of flexibility and wisdom. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Still teaching in India at 85, Iyengar came to the United States 50 years ago to share yoga. His first book, Light in Yoga, was published in 1966 and has since become the most popular yoga book ever written, translated into 18 language. Since then, he has educated instructors and students in his style of yoga, which stresses the importance of posture alignment. Today, yoga's popularity is growing as strictly a fitness exercise, ignoring the importance of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. In his new work, Iyengar emphasizes the integration of mind, body, and soul; the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutrasis woven throughout. For emotional stability, he also includes asanas, a series of postures sequenced to relax one totally. Iyengar shares here the knowledge he has accumulated in 70 years of yoga study. His last book, the shining jewel of yoga works, is recommended for all libraries that have a yoga collection.-Dede Archer, Naples, FL. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594865244
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
68,826
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.89(d)

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

B.K.S IYENGAR, world-renowned yoga master, has been called by The New York Times "one of the most penetrating writers on yoga alive today." Iyengar's bestselling classics Light on Yoga and Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health, head the Amazon.com list as the two best yoga books ever written. Iyengar has trained thousands of teachers and there are Iyengar Yoga Centers in most cities around the world.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Light on Life : The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just learning about Iyengar yoga, and his writing style and content has just captivated me. I love this book and what it has to say. It feels like coming home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read hundreds of yoga books, and this is the best. It goes little into the physical aspects of practice; instead it focuses on the core of yoga. It is easily understood and well-explained. Iyengar is truly a master!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elders live here and tell stories to other cats