The Pure Heart of Yoga: Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation

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Inner stillness. Perfect awareness. True beauty. Yoga is much more than just a physical activity. It is a conscious lifestyle that brings about a profound spiritual and personal transformation. This book on yoga invites you to experience yoga as the ancient masters intended it-a holistic way of life that unites the body, mind, and spirit for complete health and well-being.

With clear instruction, Dr. Robert Butera guides you through ten steps on the path of yoga that are based ...

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Overview

Inner stillness. Perfect awareness. True beauty. Yoga is much more than just a physical activity. It is a conscious lifestyle that brings about a profound spiritual and personal transformation. This book on yoga invites you to experience yoga as the ancient masters intended it-a holistic way of life that unites the body, mind, and spirit for complete health and well-being.

With clear instruction, Dr. Robert Butera guides you through ten steps on the path of yoga that are based on traditional yogic principles and practices, yet designed to fit seamlessly into your life. Yoga enthusiasts of all kinds will discover effective tools for creating a life of healthful beauty and inner peace.

  • Understand the role of physical poses within the larger, holistic system of yoga
  • Practice breathing techniques (pranayama), work with your energy centers (chakras), and develop your concentration
  • Overcome psychological blocks, balance your emotions, and grow emotionally and spiritually

Visit www.pureheartofyoga.com for free video clips of demonstrated yoga postures.

"The Pure Heart of Yoga will bring increased depth to your yoga practice . . . It is an excellent book: thoughtful, reflective, deep, and accessible."
—Eleanor Criswell, Ed.D., author of How Yoga Works

"That he's able to instruct and inspire with a warm heart and skillful direction, without judgment or prejudice about the "style" or your yoga of choice, is good reason to believe this book will bring life to your practice.";
Yoga Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738714875
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 330,483
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Butera, MDiv, Ph.D., studied meditation and Yoga since 1984. He founded The YogaLife Institute of Devon, Pennsylvania, where he trains Yoga instructors and publishes Yoga Living Magazine. His advanced degrees are from The Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India, Earlham School of Religion, and California Institute of Integral Studies (1998). A lifelong Yoga instructor, the author opened The YogaLife Institute after completing his PhD He has trained over 750 yoga teachers in programs in Pennsylvania, Exeter, New Hampshire and Brantford, Ontario. He is the author of The Pure Heart of Yoga: Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation. For more information visit MeditationForYourLife.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I Foundational Practices

Step 1 Intention / Samkalpa 13

Step 2 Attitude / Bhava 33

Step 3 Posture / Asana 49

Step 4 Breathing / Pranayama 75

Part II Inner Yoga

Step 5 Archetypes / Purvaja 99

Step 6 Energy Centers / Chakras 127

Step 7 Concentration / Dharana 151

Step 8 Locks and Seals / Bandhas and Mudras 167

Part III Self-Exploration and Psychology

Step 9 Psychological Blocks / Klesas 191

Step 10 Emotional Transformation / Bhavana 217

Part IV Practice and Poses

Putting It into Practice 239

Catalog of Yoga Poses 251

Balance

1 Tree Pose 256

2 Dancer Pose 258

3 Boat Pose 260

Upward

4 Palm Tree Pose 262

Forward

5 Wheel Pose 264

6 Seated Forward Bend 266

7 Child's Pose 268

Backward

8 Cat Stretch 270

9 Cobra Pose 272

10 Bow Pose 274

Sideward

11 Triangle Pose 276

12 Extended Side Angle 278

Twist

13 Partial Seated Twist 280

14 Supine Twist 282

Extremities

15 Butterfly Pose 284

16 Pigeon Pose 286

17 Warrior I 288

Inversion

18 Downward Dog 290

19 Shoulder Stand 292

20 Plough Pose 294

Relaxation

21 Corpse Pose 296

Meditative

22 Easy Pose 298

23 Half Lotus Pose 298

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms 301

Bibliography 309

Resources 311

About the Author 313

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Robert Butera, Ph.D., wrote The Pure Heart of Yoga : Ten Essenti

    Robert Butera, Ph.D., wrote The Pure Heart of Yoga : Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation to help yogis get the most out of yoga. Throughout the book, Robert describes and provides examples of the ten essential steps of: intention, attitude, posture, breathing, archetypes, energy centers, concentration, locks, psychological blocks, and emotional transformation, with the hope to help yogis realize that yoga is not just an exercise, but a philosophical and spiritual experience. Throughout the novel I enjoyed the in-depth analysis of the philosophical meaning behind yoga and its poses; it helped me realize that yoga helps people in a multitude of ways, and not just physically. I also found the section about the yoga pose archetypes very intriguing, because it was interesting to learn about the inspiration behind different yoga poses. But on the other hand, something I particularly didn’t like about The Pure Heart of Yoga was that at times I felt that some of the passages and descriptions became very redundant and hard to read. And obviously due to the subject of the book, I would suggest that only persons’ who actively perform yoga read this novel, because this book wouldn’t particularly offer much to the non-yogi, other than an occasional philosophical theory to live by. For this reason, I do not believe that The Pure Heart of Yoga should be made into a movie: the audience that this book caters to is too specific to be of interest to a high enough number of viewers for it to be a successful movie. And with not being an experienced yogi, I often found myself not knowing the meaning of the many yoga slang words used throughout the book, which made some of the reading hard to understand. But beside that, I did enjoy the writing style of Butera, because the in-depth analysis and occasional case study flowed well together and made the novel easy to read. I would give this book an overall rating of a 4/5, and I would definitely suggest it to a yogi friend.           

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