The true beauty of this book...is in its photography and the poses of the models. Photos are arranged according to types of poses, such as standing, backbends, balance, recline, etc. The models all do a splendid job in assuming these difficult asanas....All told Yoga is fabulous for the skillful photography that captures the artistry of these masters at work.
Yogaby Linda Sparrowe, David Martinez (Illustrator), David Martinez (Photographer)
Yoga's 5,000-year tradition is rich and varied, and has always evolved to meet the needs of the culture it serves. Ever increasing numbers of people come to the practice and encounter its many benefits: the union of opposites; an understanding of the effect of the outside world on the body; a significant reduction in stress; a path to liberation; and the discovery of one's true self. Above all else, yoga has been and continues to be about the process of transformation. Linda Sparrowe discusses yoga's roots in the sacred texts and provides a look at the 20th-century yogis who brought it to the West Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar, to name a few. Four hundred artful posture-illustrating photographs of the most famous yoga practitioners, including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Richard Freeman, pull the reader ever closer to this powerful practice.
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Meet the Author
Linda Sparrowe is the former managing editor and current contributing editor of Yoga Journal magazine. She is a freelance writer and the author of A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health. This book is also published under the editorial direction of Yoga Journal magazine.
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This is a book that shows literally hundreds of poses with multiple variations in fold out pages. Many are inspirational, some appear impossible, all are beautiful. No instruction is given to get into these poses. The Sanskrit and English names appear for each. Short biographies of the models are given in the back. It is a book that you can pick up, open to any page, and be amazed at what the human body can do.
This book is composed of beautiful photographs of many well-konwn yoga teachers from all around the country. It is not a "how-to" book containing instructions for achieving the poses, but rather an inspiration for yoga practitioners who hope to one day be able to bend their bodies into the postures depicted. My students come to class and see these photos displayed on the wall. They are fascinated and amazed by them. It gives them something to work toward. I highly recommend this book to anyone who practices yoga and needs a little inspiration! If you're feeling stuck in your practice, this will definitely be the push you need to keep practicing.