Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yoga Books: Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar

Title: Light on Yoga
Published: Schoken, 1995 (First published 1966)


Summary: The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises.  (Taken from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This is basically the must-read book on Yoga. On all of the sites I visited Light on Yoga is mentioned as a book that everyone should read to get a good solid knowledge of Yoga. And this is true. It really is a great resource.

The first part of the book explains a lot of the history and foundations of Yoga. It explains what it's about and all about Yoga philosophy. It's a lot to get your head around but if you take it in small doses it's really informative.

Then the majority of the book is a detailed description of the asanas or poses. Each one has accompanying pictures and it's really impressive just some of the poses that are out there and how B. K. S. Iyengar can manage to do them all so well. I also really like how some of the mythology of certain poses and how they got their names is featured in the book too. I'm always fascinated by information like that.

Towards the end of the book there's a section on how to create a routine and regular practice with a program that starts off for a beginner and then it moves on to intermediate and advanced stages after a certain number of weeks.

At the end of the book there is also a section with different ailments and a selection of Yoga poses to try for each one. I haven't tried any yet but it is certainly a handy resource.

In most Yoga circles this book is considered to be one of the must-read books and I completely agree. There is so much information in this book that I will definitely be going back to it on a regular basis. I will say that there is a lot of information in this book so it's a good idea to take your time with this one and just let the information soak in.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yoga Books: Yoga All-In-One For Dummies

Title: Yoga All-In-One for Dummies
Authors: Doug Swenson, Georg Feuerstein, LaReine Chabut, Larry Payne, Sherri Baptiste, Stephan Bodian, and Therese Iknoian
Published: For Dummies, 2015


Summary: Everything you need to make yoga an integral part of your health and well-beingIf you want to incorporate yoga into your daily routine or ramp up what you're already doing, "Yoga All-In-One For Dummies" is the perfect resource! This complete compendium of six separate titles features everything you need to improve your health and peace of mind with yoga, and includes additional information on, stretching, meditation, adding weights to your yoga workouts, and power yoga moves.

Yoga has been shown to have numerous health benefits, ranging from better flexibility and athletic performance to lowered blood pressure and weight loss. For those who want to take control of their health and overall fitness, yoga is the perfect practice. With "Yoga All-In-One For Dummies," you'll have everything you need to get started and become a master of even the toughest yoga poses and techniques. Find out how to incorporate yoga to foster health, happiness, and peace of mind. Get a complete resource, featuring information from six titles that are packed with tips. Use companion workout videos to help you master various yoga poses and techniques that are covered in the book. Utilize tips in the book to increase balance, range of motion, flexibility, strength, and overall fitness.  (Taken from Goodreads)

My thoughts: I usually enjoy reading the For Dummies books as they offer really good basic information about a topic. So, when I found this Yoga resource for dummies, I just had to read it as part of my quest to read as much about Yoga as possible. This book has six different Yoga books inside, there's a basic Yoga, Power Yoga, Yoga with Weights, Meditation, Stretching and Mind-Body Fitness. So there's a lot of information contained within this handy compendium.

Now, I know that the For Dummies books often have very basic information but I was disappointed with just how basic the information was. By the point of my reading this book I had been practicing Yoga for a couple of months and had already read two other books. I felt like the information in this book was a little too basic. Especially when it came to the poses. So, it would give the names of traditional poses but then it would give an even more modified version than teachers tended to give beginners. I didn't really understand why but I am no expert. I just thought that was a little odd.

I guess I just didn't particularly enjoy this book because I found it far too simplified. That being said, the meditation section was actually pretty good.  There are also some very handy pictures of people in the poses and if you're learning a pose through reading, good pictures are always helpful.

I think this book is probably best for those who know absolutely nothing whatsoever about Yoga as it really is only the very basic stuff.

Other information: Most Dummies guides come with a cheat sheet and some online resources to check out alongside the book. This cheat sheet is a good summation of the main points of the book.

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