Living Yoga

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874777291
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 568,786
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Yoga 1
Yoga in the West 1
What Does "Yoga" Mean? 1
Yoga: What It Is and What It Is Not 3
Yoga Is a Universal Art 5
The Major Branches of the Tree of Yoga 8
Yoga Today 9
Pt. 1 Cultivating the Body: Hatha Yoga
2 Getting Started with Yoga 15
Hatha Yoga and the Eightfold Path 15
Six Illusions About the Body 18
Coming to Terms with Embodiment 19
Developing Your Own Yoga Practice 19
A Nonviolent Approach to Extending Your Limits 25
Working with the Breath 27
Breath and Prana 38
3 Yoga Postures and Poise 41
Posture, Posturing, and Poise 41
Asana: Basic Movement Toward Health 42
Secrets of Sequencing 48
Balance in Yoga 57
How to Grow a Lotus: Learning the Lotus Posture 63
4 Yoga for Health 77
Introduction to Therapeutic Yoga 77
Boosting the Immune System 80
Relief From Back Pain 85
Yoga and the Menstrual Cycle 92
5 Eating the Yoga Way 97
Traditional Principles of Dieting 97
Nonbarming (Abimsa) and the Vegan Diet 100
The Yoga of Eating 103
Overcoming Eating Disorders 104
Tips for Healthy Nutrition 108
Pt. 2 Transcending the Mind: Raja Yoga
6 Relaxation and Well-Being 111
From Stress to Superconsciousness 111
The Relaxation Response and Beyond 113
Turning Stress into Strength: Tips for Stress Reduction 125
Love Is the Healer: An Interview with Joan Borysenko 127
7 Tapping the Mind's Potential 135
The Nature of the Human Mind 135
The Royal Path of Mental Discipline 137
The Buddhist Yoga of Mindfulness: An Interview with S. N. Goenka 138
Suffering Is Not Enough 141
The Ego and Meditation 143
The Power and Limits of Meditation 144
Tips for Meditation 145
8 Expanding Awareness 149
Walking on the Razor's Edge 149
Beyond Ego 150
Common Ground Between Psychotherapy and Spirituality 159
Kundalini Awakening: Breakdown or Breakthrough? 161
What Makes Spiritual Teachers Go Astray? 165
Early-Warning Signs for the Detection of Spiritual Blight 174
Guideposts on the Path 176
Pt. 3 Cultivating Love: Bhakti Yoga
9 The Journey of the Heart 183
The Radiant Force of Love 183
Dancing on the Razor's Edge: The Yoga of Relationship 185
Building the "Sacred Vessel" of Relationship 190
Unconditional Love 194
Sacred Sexuality 195
Tantric Celibacy and the Mystery of Eros 201
Pt. 4 The Path of Work: Karma Yoga
10 A Labor of Love 209
Action, Inaction, and the Transcendence of Action 209
If You Do What You Love, Will the Money Follow? 211
Taking Money Seriously 214
Life as Service: An Interview with Ram Dass 215
Karma Yoga and Inner Peace 217
Work and the Cosmic Bank Account 219
11 Healing the Earth 223
The Practice of Eco-Yoga 223
Deep Ecology 228
Prayer for the Great Family 233
Think Like a Mountain 234
Guardians of Gaia 236
Pt. 5 Ritual and Beyond: Tantra Yoga
12 The Creative Spirit 241
Yoga as Sacred Art 241
Remembering the Deeper Meaning of Celebration 244
Ritual in Daily Life 245
The Creative Spirit 248
Pt. 6 The Path of Wisdom: Jnana Yoga
13 Insight Is Liberating 257
From the Unreal to the Real 257
Be Who You Are: An Interview with Jean Klein
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