Asanas: 608 Yoga Postures

New World Library
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In 1974, the legendary “teacher of teachers” yogi Dharma Mittra photographed himself in 908 yoga postures. He printed each photo as an 8 x 10 and pasted them together to form a poster, creating the Ultimate Yoga Chart as a gift for his teacher, Swami Kailashananda (Yogi Gupta). Asanas collects 608 of those black-and-white photographs, each accompanied by the English name of the pose and the Sanskrit characters, brief commentary, and specific combinations for Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar practice. There are suggestions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced yoga practitioners, as well as a list of poses beneficial for particular health problems and chakra relationships. Because it builds on basic postures, Asanas will appeal to students of any of the 100 yoga styles.
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Sri Dharma Mittra is one of the most accomplished yogis in the West. He has spent most of his life serving humanity, helping students achieve radiant health and spiritual development through yoga practice. Dharma was born in 1939 in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1964, following a career in the Brazilian Air Force, he moved to New York City to study yoga with his teacher Sri Swami Kailashananda, also known as Yogi Gupta. After intense study and practice of the eight limbs of yoga, he was accepted into the family of Bramacharia as a sannyasin — one who renounces the world in order to realize God. In 1975 he left his guru's ashram to found the Yoga Asana Center of New York City, now know as the Dharma Yoga Center. Dharma has initiated tens of thousands of people into yoga practice, and has taught many well-known yogis practicing today. He is known as "the Teacher's Teacher" and "the Rock of Yoga." He lives in New York City.

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New World Library
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Published on
Aug 22, 2012
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Pages
672
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ISBN
9781608681945
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Yoga
Photography / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Sports
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