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Interest in Yoga is at an all-time high--and with good reason. During the past decade millions of Americans have come to recognize that the benefits of physical Yoga are very great. Not only do they far surpass those of any system of self-improvement for the body (calisthenics, salon programs, jogging, isometrics, competitive sports) but they extend also to the emotional and mental aspects of the individual. Yoga is concerned with the health and beauty of the organism as a unified whole. Weight control, slimming, firming, relief of tension and stiffness, improvement in general health, emergence of hidden beauty, emotional stability and a positive mental outlook will be experienced by all those who apply themselves diligently to the plan of this book. This is true practically regardless of age or present physical condition!
As recently as ten years ago it would have been considered virtually impossible to successfully accomplish, within a 28-day period, the physical techniques presented herein. Formerly, a student who undertook the serious study of Yoga was prepared to devote a minimum of several years to the learning of the major Yoga exercises (asanas) and an unknown period of time to the perfecting of them. Human organisms have not changed in the past ten years. But through my personal experience with many thousands of students and in the course of offering more than one thousand "Yoga for Health" television programs, I have evolved an accelerated method of instruction that now enables any serious student to learn and practice 38 Yoga exercises within a four-week period! It is this unique system that is presented in the following pages.
Our format is simple. Most of the practice days consist of (1) learning new exercises, (2) adding movements to exercises partially learned, (3) reviewing exercises that have been completed. The title of each of these reviewed exercises is printed in gray. Every fourth day is devoted entirely to review. The numerous illustrations will always show you exactly how to proceed in new exercises and remind you of the correct movements for review. Days 17-25 list the exercises that are utilized in dealing with special problems.
Each day's exercises are arranged so that the sequence of the movements is performed first in a standing position, then sitting and finally lying. At the end of each day's exercises there is a page of Yogic information that should prove extremely interesting and of real value in your daily life.
Upon completion of the 28-day plan, you will refer to the routines at the end of the book that serve as a lifetime program for practice.