The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

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by T. K. V. Desikachar

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The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar

The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.

• A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher.

• This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings.

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya's fundamental concept of viniyoga, which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value.

In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level--physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga--poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy--and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.

This is a revised edition of The Heart of Yoga.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892817641
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Edition description: 2nd Edition, Revised Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 924
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A structural engineer by training, T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability and currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Heart of Yoga
Developing a Personal Practice
A Blessing from Indra Devi
Forword by Vanda Scaravelli
Introduction by Mark Whitwell
Part I The Practice of Yoga
1. Yoga: Concept and Meaning
2. The Foundations of Yoga Practice
3. The Principles of Asana Practice
4. The Careful Construction of a Yoga Practice
5. Asana Variations
6. Pranayama
7. The Bandhas
Part II The Understanding of Yoga
8. The Things That Darken the Heart
9. Actions Leave Traces
10. The World Exists to Be Seen and Discovered
11. Living in the World
12. The World Exists to Set Us Free
13. The Qualities of the Mind
14. Nine Obstacles on the Yoga Way
15. The Many Paths of Yoga
Part III The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Part IV Yoganjalisaram
Appendix 1 The Texts Mentioned in This Book
Appendix 2 Four General Practice Sequences
Glossary

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Relaxed1HH More than 1 year ago
I am using this as a text in my Yoga Instructor's course. I hope to be completed by winter 2010 and Alliance certified, I plan to keep this book in my permanent library as even now I find myself referring to it daily and have discussions on the contents with my colleagues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore who read the book written by The Heart of Yoga T. K. V. Desikachar for my yoga research project. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very informational for my project. This is a great book for both beginners to the art of yoga and those who have had some exposure to it. I really enjoyed reading this book because it taught everything I needed to know it detail and had a glossary for the terms I couldn't understand. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the art of yoga because it will inspire you to try it and you will not regret it. I also really enjoyed that there was four parts to the book, making it very easy to understand each part to yoga. My least favorite par was the fact that the definitions were not next to the words in the book because sometimes it was a pain to go back to the glossary overtime a new word was introduced.
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Johnnyz3 More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book on Yoga, as a beginning introduction or as a reference tool for those more advanced. I have been reading it for over ten years and never fail to learn or be enlightened in some way by it. This book encouraged me to learn more about Yoga, I became a Yoga Teacher and am now a Certifed Yoga Therapist in Desikachar's lineage.
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AlbertWang More than 1 year ago
I love this book very much. It teaches you everything about Yoga and the whole Yoga Sutra is inside the book.