Relax and Unwind with Yoga

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More than 60 million books sold in the Teach Yourself series!
Useful, gentle advice about incorporating yoga into your lifestyle

Relax and Unwind with Yoga is designed to help you reap the full benefits of yoga for practical and emotional well-being by following a daily routine that doesn't require a huge amount of commitment. Ideal for the beginner with no previous experience, it outlines all the basic/key exercises (asanas) you will need and ...

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Overview

More than 60 million books sold in the Teach Yourself series!
Useful, gentle advice about incorporating yoga into your lifestyle

Relax and Unwind with Yoga is designed to help you reap the full benefits of yoga for practical and emotional well-being by following a daily routine that doesn't require a huge amount of commitment. Ideal for the beginner with no previous experience, it outlines all the basic/key exercises (asanas) you will need and how, where and when to practice them. There is plenty of insight into the philosophical background of yoga and helpful tips on diet and lifestyle.

Includes:

  • Supporting materials, including a practice diary, and a list of teachers and sources for taking it further will be useful to all those who wish to deepen their practice
  • Insightful instruction on how to use yoga to promote physical and mental health
  • One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress
  • Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071769785
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Series: Teach Yourself: General Reference Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Swami Saradananda has been teaching yoga and offering spiritual/physical leadership for many years, and has run workshops, courses and tours worldwide. She is also a former editor of Yoga Life and an author with wide experience of writing for the general market.

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Table of Contents

Meet the author v

Only got a minute? vi

Only got five minutes? viii

Only got ten minutes? xii

Preface xvii

1 Introduction 1

The philosophy and goals of yoga 1

The main paths of yoga - which one is for you? 3

Hatha yoga: ancient techniques for a modern lifestyle 5

Benefits of hatha yoga 8

2 Starting your practice 14

Starting your practice 14

When and how often 17

Where and with whom 18

Who can practise yoga 19

What you will need 21

Safety measures 21

3 The exercises - asanas 24

Warming up 27

Standing and balancing: connect fully with your body 41

Sitting and forward bending: focusing within 62

Back bends: opening up to the world 76

Twists: wringing out negativity 89

Inverted poses: attain a new vision of life 96

Relaxation techniques: winding down 109

4 Pranayama - working with breath 117

Why do pranayama? 118

Styles of breathing 120

Kapalabhati: purifying the mind and body 128

Nasal cleansing exercises to enhance your breathing exercises 129

5 Yoga lifestyle 131

Moderation in all things 131

Keeping your life in balance 132

Yamas - your relationship with the world 134

Niyamas - your relationship with yourself 141

The yogic diet 149

6 Meditation - retraining your mind to let go 156

What is meditation? 156

Why meditate? 159

The practicalities 162

How to sit 166

Using your breath 169

Focusing on sound 171

Chakras - bringing your awareness to your higher energy centres 176

Tratak - candle gazing 178

Glossary182

Appendix 1 Your yoga programme 187

Appendix 2 Practice diary 190

Appendix 3 Schools and teachers 192

Taking it further 199

Index 203

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