As any yoga student or teacher knows, there’s more to yoga than Downward Dog. Meta Chaya Hirschl’s immersive guide offers a complete vision of yoga, from its historical and spiritual roots to modern practice. Whether you are a novice yogi or an experienced instructor, Vital Yoga will help you unlock yoga’s full potential—and your own.
Focusing on the traditional eight limbs of yoga, Hirschl covers a wide range of essential topics in three sections: Before the Mat, On the Mat, and Into the World. In Before the Mat, you’ll learn about the history and philosophy of yoga, with fresh insights into:
• Fundamental texts like the Bhagavad Gita
• The role of vibration in yogic practice
• Mantras for everything from health to job hunting
In On the Mat, you’ll find practical instructions for every aspect of yoga, including:
• Breathing consciously to guide your vital energies
• Meditating to master and heighten your senses
• Posing with intention, strength, and balance
And finally, you’ll go Into the World. For Hirschl, the true benefits of yoga come not from perfect poses, but from using yoga every day to help yourself and others—so she covers how you can improve your confidence, health, and even your sex life with yoga, and how you can teach others to do the same.
Throughout, Vital Yoga invites you to delve into the heart of yoga with derivations of Sanskrit terms, “stealth” yoga practices you can do anywhere, wisdom from the great sages, and accounts by contemporary yogis. Its goal is to help you connect to your inner self, transcend fear and attachment to the stresses of life, and achieve bliss—and when you’ve achieved it, you’ll be able to share it.
Are you ready to learn yoga, but don't know where to begin? Are you intimidated by the unfamiliar terms or the challenging postures? With Yoga Basics you'll become an expert in no time! You'll learn about: The origins of yoga—philosophy, history, and different styles What really happens in a yoga class—invaluable tips on choosing the right style for you, getting ready for your first class, and safety tips The essential elements of yoga—breathing, sitting postures, standing postures, balancing postures, and inverted postures How to complement your yoga practice—with meditation and relaxing techniques Effective ways to promote health and well-being through specific sequences—for flexibility, strength, weight loss, stress-relief, and relaxation Resources that can help you improve fasterWhether you're considering taking up yoga, or you've already started, Yoga Basics offers an easy, yet comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know to feel confident and be successful.
Drawing on her extensive training in yoga therapy, dance, and meditation, Bija Bennett has created a groundbreaking yoga program that takes full advantage of the body-mind connection. Based on the classical eightfold path of yoga, Emotional Yoga offers a broad range of simple body-mind techniques that can positively affect our emotional well-being, including the dynamic interplay of movements, breathing exercises, meditations, lifestyle skills, rituals, gestures, and healing sounds. Each technique is presented in a way that is true to Bennett's background in the tradition of Viniyoga, which allows the reader to adapt the program to his or her specific needs.
Beyond Power Yoga presents and explores the complete journey of the classical astanga yoga system, from power yoga to meditation and liberation. Bender Birch's first book, the groundbreaking Power Yoga, introduced one level of astanga yoga to mainstream America -- a high-heat, high-energy mind/body workout. Now, Beyond Power Yoga presents all eight levels, or limbs, of this ancient method -- a total practice for body and soul.
Drawing a parallel between astanga yoga's eight limbs and the mind/body energy centers (chakras) of Eastern philosophy, Bender Birch shows us how we can balance and heal our body, focus and relax our mind, amplify and direct our energy (prana), and ultimately reclaim our spiritual connection to Universal Consciousness. Each chapter offers specific practices to help the reader uncover and experience the insights of the astanga yoga journey.
The YAMAS: Exploring the Fundamentals
The NIYAMAS: Doing the Work
ASANA: Practicing the Postures
PRANAYAMA: Breathing Mindfully
PRATYAHARA: Turning Inward
DHARANA: Developing Concentration
DHYANA: Experiencing Meditation
SAMADHI: Living Joyfully
Presented in the down-to-earth illuminating style and inspiring voice of the author, illustrated with easy-to-follow photos, plus a special wall chart of the asana sequences, Beyond Power Yoga offers a short form of the dynamic mind/body power yoga method, then journeys through the deeper levels of spiritual practice.
If you are looking for a way to increase your health, improve your fitness, and lower your stress, then yoga and meditation is just what you are looking for. This is a busy world, at the end of the day, you carry the stress of that day on your body like a heavy coat, and it weighs you down with its burden.
Yoga and meditation allows you to gently work away that stress, to find peace and calm your mind while stretching out the tired and tight muscles and through yoga poses and breathing, you can shed that stress and tension. Stop letting stress get to you, do not put it off any longer, this is the book that you need to help you relax while strengthening and toning your body.
It is a rare and remarkable soul who becomes legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was such a soul, and through his teaching of yoga, he transformed the lives of countless people. The school in Mysore that he founded and ran for more than sixty years trained students who, through the knowledge they received and their devotion, have helped to spread the daily practice of traditional Ashtanga yoga to tens of thousands around the world.
Guruji paints a unique portrait of a unique man, revealed through the accounts of his students. Among the thirty men and women interviewed here are Indian students from Jois's early teaching days; intrepid Americans and Europeans who traveled to Mysore to learn yoga in the 1970s; and important family members who studied as well as lived with Jois and continue to practice and teach abroad or run the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Many of the contributors (as well as the authors) are influential teachers who convey their experience of Jois every day to students in many different parts of the globe.
Anyone interested in the living tradition of yoga will find Guruji richly rewarding.