Yoga Mind and Bodyby Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Yoga Vedanta Sivananda
Develop your mental and physical potential, take control of the stress and tension of everyday living, and learn to nourish your mind and body with Yoga Mind & Body. Vetted by the expert staff of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, this guide stresses the five points of exercise, breathing, meditation, diet, and relaxation for improved health and happiness. In addition to basic yoga poses, Yoga Mind & Body provides meditation tools, stress relief exercises, and recipes for healthful nutrition.
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Swami Sivananda is a well known master of Yoga. His a traditional and pure form of ancient asceticism. I have great respect for the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh and all its associated organizations. The book gives a lucid and clear description of the Yogasanas, the practices of vegetarianism and the necessity for living a pure and clean life for achieving success in Yoga!
I've learned much since I bought this book, enough that I've nearly 'outgrown' it. Yet when I need to view a form, or glean a healthy and elegant recipe, this is the book I always return to. Little touches like the covers extending into flaps on the inside that allow you to prop the book open to the page you¿re viewing really help round out this informative and pleasurable publication. However, I do have one complaint and one criticism: My complaint is lodged with the photographic images. The cropping paths are poorly constructed and cause the images to have flat edges and pieces missing in some cases. For example, the woman on the cover image has a flattish head and part of her big toe is missing. These flaws are not so bad as to render the images useless, just enough to mar an otherwise exemplary production. My criticism is a lack of resources listed in the book. I didn¿t even consider this until I found 'Forbes Best of The Web, June 25, 2001' ¿ Vol. 167, Num. 15, Page 86. There are only seven links to web sites listed, but the information on those sites opened the doors to a plethoric wealth of knowledge on the subject. I reviewed several books (both on-line and off) before making my purchase. This has an excellent quality to price ratio that makes this one of my most treasured books on the subject of Yoga. I recommend it to anyone seeking initiation into yoga, its practices, and it¿s mores.
Yoga Mind and Body is an easy to use guide to yoga for beginner through advanced students. Full color, well explained poses are easy to follow and have modifications for all levels. Included are sections on breathing and the yogic diet. This is a book I return to again and again as my practice improves.