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

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

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by Robert J. Butera PhD
     
 

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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

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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 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:
09/08/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
468,440
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Butera,MDiv, PhD (Devon, PA) founded the YogaLife Institute inPennsylvania, where he trains yoga and meditation teachers and comprehensiveyoga therapists. Robert’s PhD at CA Institute of Integral Studies focused onYoga Therapy for Immunity. He publishes Yoga Living Magazine and authoredThe Pure Heart of Yoga and Meditation for Your Life. Visit him online atYogaLifeInstitute.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.