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Yoga is thousands of years old, but because of its current popularity, some people wrongly dismiss it as just another exercise fad made fashionable by celebrities. In fact, as author Kathy Phillips demonstrates in this large, beautifully illustrated book, yoga is a gentle but powerful means of achieving strength, flexibility, serenity, and a healthy balance between body and mind. Originating on the Indian subcontinent at the dawn of civilization, yoga is now accepted worldwide as an effective way to deal with physical and emotional stress. The Spirit of Yoga is a sensible introduction for beginners, and a source of inspiration for current practitioners who would like to learn more. It explains differences among the various yoga disciplines, enabling readers to make a considered choice that best fits their needs. The author uses her experience as a yoga teacher to describe exercises and postures—also shown in color photos—that can promote physical health and body flexibility while inducing emotional tranquility. Yoga positions are suggested as effective remedies for physical ailments and for discomforts produced by everyday stress. The author's witty approach to her subject demystifies today's yoga hype while offering readers sound guidance and emphasizing the entirely real benefits they can derive from this honorable discipline. The book's foreword is by the international fashion model Christy Turlington. Hundreds of color photos and illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9785558603446
Publisher: B.E.S. Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Product dimensions: 10.08(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Kathy Phillips is Health and Beauty Director of British Vogue, and has written for many magazines and newspapers. She has practiced yoga for twenty-five years.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

  • YOGA NOW From Hippies to the Celebrity Age
    The Legacy of the Theosophists
    Which Yoga? Different Schools
    Yoga as Therapy
    Echoes of Yoga

    -How Asanas Work
    -Guidelines for Safe Practice
    -The Asanas Pose by Pose

    -Kriyas, Bandhas and Mudras
    -The Art of Breathing
    -Some Pranayama Exercises

    -Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi

    The First Songs: The Vedas
    The First Poems: The Epics
    The First Introductions: The Sutras
    The Eightfold Path
    Yoga Grows Up: The Scholars
    Intimations of Immortality

    Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
    Further Reading

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