Yoga Mind and Body

Yoga Mind and Body

by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Yoga Vedanta Sivananda


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Yoga Mind and Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Yoga Vedanta Sivananda

All the yoga essentials are covered in this easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual guide. 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. Vetted by the expert staff of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Yoga Mind and Body provides a comprehensive approach to yoga, with meditation tools, stress relief exercises, and recipes for healthful nutrition. Using the ancient science of yoga, this guide gives you the tools to improve your positivity, health, happiness, and wellbeing.

Based on Swami Vishnu-Devananda’s five yoga principles. Yoga Mind and Body will develop your mental and physical potential. Nourish yourself with simple, wholesome food and begin to take control of the stresses and tensions of everyday living. Through exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet and meditation techniques, you too will unlock the secret to positive thinking that will ensure a more fulfilling, meaningful life. For all yoga enthusiasts, whatever their age or fitness level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756636746
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/21/2008
Series: DK Living Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 261,977
Product dimensions: 7.31(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Centre was established in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevanada (1927–1993). This nonprofit organization with locations around the world is dedicated to the teaching of classical yoga and vedanta philosophy as a way to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health. As part of a global network of ashrams and centres, yoga teachers guide their students in developing an integral practice of yoga and meditation. More than 25,000 yoga teachers have graduated from the international Sivanada teachers' training courses since 1969.

Table of Contents

What Is Yoga?     6
The Three Bodies     8
The Yogic Path to Inner Peace     10
Proper Exercise
What Is Proper Exercise?     14
Preparatory Exercises     16
The Sun Salutation     20
The Headstand     26
The Scorpion     32
The Shoulderstand     34
The Plow     38
The Bridge     40
The Shoulderstand Cycle     46
The Fish     48
The Forward Bend     52
The Inclined Plane     54
The Shooting Bow     60
Eka Pada Sirasana     62
The Lotus     63
The Cobra     64
The Locust     68
The Bow     72
The Wheel     76
Backward Bends     80
The Crescent Moon     82
The Spinal Twist     84
The Crow     88
The Peacock     90
The Tree     94
Advanced Balances     95
Natarajasana     96
The Standing Forward Bend     98
The Triangle     100
Final Relaxation     104
Mental & Physical Aspects of Breathing     108
The Pranic Benefits of Yogic Breathing     110
Breathing Exercises     112
Purification Techniques     114
Proper Relaxation
Relaxation or Tension?     118
Relaxation Techniques     120
Vegetarian Diet
What We Need from Food     124
Why Be Vegetarian?     126
You Are What You Eat     128
Soups     130
Salads, Dips, and Dressings     132
Main Courses     134
Sauces and Condiments     142
Desserts     144
Bread and Muffins     146
Cakes and Cookies     148
Fasting     150
Positive Thinking & Meditation
What Is Positive Thinking?     154
Why Meditate?     156
How to Meditate     158
Meditation Tools     160
Glossary     162
Index     164
Useful Addresses     167
Acknowledgments     168

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Yoga Mind and Body 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.

Guest More than 1 year ago
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.