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Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga

Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga

by Richard Rosen


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Part history, part philosophy, part yoga instruction manual, this book clears up some of the confusion and misconceptions about the development of yoga, both traditional and modern. Richard Rosen draws from ancient yoga manuals, which combine philosophy with postures and meditations, to show how traditional practice compares with what we do today. He is an engaging, experienced guide who reveals the development of modern yoga through the centuries and shows how the ancient yogis did it.

Each section offers a guided practice session of ancient poses and breathing techniques to enable readers to connect to the roots of their yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the sequences they use in their regular sessions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590308134
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Richard Rosen is a graduate of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and has been teaching yoga since 1987. He is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and director of and one of the principal teachers at the Piedmont Yoga Studio (cofounded by Rodney Yee), in Oakland, California. Many of Rosen’s practice instructions and technical teachings are posted on the Piedmont Yoga Studio website,

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Traditional Hatha Yoga 5

2 Channels and Circuits: Modern Nadis 28

3 The Six Acts (Shat Karma) 53

4 Asana through the Ages 69

5 Gheranda's Thirty-Two Asanas: A Practice Overview 78

6 Seals and Bonds: Mudras and Bandhas 189

7 Pranayama 220

8 Meditation 240

Appendix 1 Original Yoga Practice Guidelines 255

Appendix 2 The Literature of Hatha Yoga 263

Notes 269

Glossary: 108 Words Every Hatha Practitioner Should Know 273

Bibliography 279

Index of Practices 281

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