The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga: An Authoritative Presentation, Based on 30 Years of Direct Study under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacharya

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga: An Authoritative Presentation, Based on 30 Years of Direct Study under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacharya

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by Srivatsa Ramaswami
     
 


Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888–1989) was the most influential figure in the last 100 years in the field of yoga. Many of today’s best-known yoga teachers—including his brother-in-law B. K. S. Iyengar, his son T. K. V. Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga—studied with him and modeled their own yoga styles after his practice… See more details below

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Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888–1989) was the most influential figure in the last 100 years in the field of yoga. Many of today’s best-known yoga teachers—including his brother-in-law B. K. S. Iyengar, his son T. K. V. Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga—studied with him and modeled their own yoga styles after his practice and teaching. Yet, despite his renowned status, Krishnamacharya’s wisdom has never before been made completely available, just as he taught it. Now, in The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, Srivatsa Ramaswami—Krishnamacharya’s longest-standing student outside his own family—presents his master’s teachings of yogasanas in unprecedented detail. Drawing upon his 33 years of direct study, beginning in 1955 and continuing nearly until his teacher’s death, Ramaswami presents more than nine hundred poses and variations in logically structured sequences, precisely describing Krishnamacharya’s complete Vinyasakrama system. Along with every movement of each yoga posture, he covers the proper breathing techniques for each pose—something no other book also derived from Krishnamacharya’s teaching does. Nearly 1,000 full-color photographs are featured in this authoritative landmark presentation of the study practiced by the "grandfather of modern yoga."

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Publishers Weekly
Having studied for more than three decades with renowned yoga master T. Krishnamacharya, and taught for more than two decades, Ramaswami attempts to offer a more complete picture of the practices developed ages ago to heal the body, train the mind and cultivate inner peace. He calls much of Western yoga practice "blatantly aggressive" and altered to appeal to Western tastes, omitting such essential aspects as yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, correct sequencing, chanting and meditation. In his descriptions of more than 900 poses and variations, he guides students on ways to integrate these aspects. While Ramaswami says his book can be used by students of every level (the sequences are rated according to difficulty), some may feel intimidated by the photographs, which show highly advanced yogis in many positions that are rarely taught in the average group class. The author's approach is somewhat didactic, emphasizing the "correct" way to do the poses, without acknowledging differences in body type and structure. The book's format makes it more of a practice manual, and most likely readers without much background will need to read Ramaswami's Yoga for the Three Stages of Life to put the instruction into a larger context. Agent, Bob Silverstein. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Credited with developing modern yoga, the legendary guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) also influenced such well-known yoga teachers as B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. According to Ramaswami (Yoga for the Three Stages of Life), who studied with Krishnamacharya for 33 years, these disciples omitted important ingredients of his master's teaching and developed "blatantly aggressive" yoga styles. Now for the first time, Kirshnamacharya's complete Vinyasakrama system is presented in what the author claims to be the most comprehensive and detailed representation of the yogi's teachings. Starting with "On Your Feet Asanas" and ending with "The Winding-Down Procedure," the book is divided into vinyasa sequences; more than 900 poses and variations are clearly illustrated with helpful, if sometimes intimidating, photos, starred for level of difficulty. With each pose, Ramaswami explains the proper breathing technique to help the practitioner become steady and release internally. Ramaswami believes the study and contemplation of texts, like the Yoga Sutras, is the next step in the yogi's spiritual practice. Including a 90-minute audio CD of mantras and chants (not heard by this reviewer), this is recommended for serious students who want a unique and no-frills system of learning yoga.-Dede Archer, Naples, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569244029
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
361,815
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.92(d)

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