The Complete Illustrated Guide to Yoga is comprehensive introduction to an ancient practice that is becoming more and more popular in response to the pressures of modern life. Most people think of yoga as a kind of advanced Eastern exercise program, literally translated 'yoga' means unity. It is the art of body, breath and mind control. Through meditation, control of breathing, and correct posture, yoga seeks to release the life force (called prana by the yoga sages) so that is flows naturally through every part of your being. For optimum health, harmony and inner peace, a daily yoga regime may include a change of lifestyle and diet, as well as a mastery of yoga postures, transitions and relaxation techniques. Recent studies have shown that the practice of yoga can actually reduce blood pressure and reverse the symptoms of heart disease in addition to building patience and physical endurance. Written by a world renowned expert in yoga, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Yoga offers a complete program for beginners as well as current practitioners. With specially commissioned, step-by-step photographs of postures and relaxation techniques, Howard Kent emphasizes the need for safety and caution to prevent injury in those who have little experience. The book covers the history and origins of yoga, the different schools of yoga, step-by-step guides to all the yoga exercises, step-by-step guide to healthy breathing, yoga in pregnancy, for children and the elderly; and yoga as a preventative medicine.
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