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Yoga: A Yoga Book for Beginners and Experts
     

Yoga: A Yoga Book for Beginners and Experts

by Karen Whistles
 
Yoga in its full form combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy.

Yoga is intended to increase relaxation and balance the mind, body, and the spirit.

Early written descriptions of yoga are in Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means

Overview

Yoga in its full form combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy.

Yoga is intended to increase relaxation and balance the mind, body, and the spirit.

Early written descriptions of yoga are in Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means "yoke or union."

It is believed that this describes the union between the mind and the body.

The first known text, The Yoga Sutras, was written more than 2,000 years ago, although yoga may have been practiced as early as 5,000 years ago.

Yoga was originally developed as a method of discipline and attitudes to help people reach spiritual enlightenment.

The Sutras outline eight limbs or foundations of yoga practice that serve as spiritual guidelines:

- yama (moral behavior)

- niyama (healthy habits)

- asana (physical postures)

- pranayama (breathing exercises)

- pratyahara (sense withdrawal)

- dharana (concentration)

- dhyana (contemplation)

- samadhi (higher consciousness)

The numerous schools of yoga incorporate these eight limbs in varying proportions.

Hatha yoga, the most commonly practiced in the United States and Europe, emphasizes two of the eight limbs: postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama).

Some of the major styles of hatha yoga include Ananda, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, and Viniyoga.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012295262
Publisher:
Karen Whistles
Publication date:
04/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
488 KB

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