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Kundalini yoga and meditation

Light on Yoga
Light on Yoga

ANNOTATION
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. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
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. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS
A Must-Have for Serious Yoga Students!
A comprehensive guide to the art of Kundalini yoga and meditation that will take you through a lifetime of practice. Contains an extensive compilation of asanas, from easy to extremely difficult, as well as a guide to pranayama, and a helpful index so you can look up poses for specific ailments or weaknesses. The introduction explains the philosophy behind yoga and offers an inspiring way to live. This book is absolutely essential for all serious yoga students!
Also recommended: Yoga, Mind, Body, and Spirit, by Donna Farhi, Living Your Yoga, Judith Lassiter


Ashtanga Yoga The Practice Manual: A Simplified Guide for Daily Practice
Ashtanga Yoga The Practice Manual: A Simplified Guide for Daily Practice

SYNOPSIS
This is the most "User-Friendly" yoga book available! It contains the entire Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga with three options for every asana. Spiral bound to easily remain open while practicing, it contains over 650 photos with clear instructions and commentary. A great book for all levels of practitioners to enjoy. Teachers will find it to be an invaluable tool to share with their students.

About the Author:
David Swenson began the practice of yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. He found Ashtanga in 1973 through David Williams. In 1974 K. Pattabhi Jois (Founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India) made his first trip to the US and David began studies directly with him at that time. He then traveled to Mysore, India in 1977 and learned the entire system in its original form. David is recognized today as one of the foremost authorities of Ashtanga Yoga.




Meditation for Optimum Health: How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Heal
Meditation for Optimum Health: How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Heal

FROM THE CRITICS : Publishers Weekly
Doctors Weil and Kabat-Zinn uncover myths and realities surrounding the often intimidating art of meditation. Frequent television appearances, a newsletter, a Web site and a bevy of bestselling books have made Weil (Eating Well for Optimum Health) America's most prominent defender of holistic medicine, and his fans will appreciate his calm, knowledgeable coauthor/reader, University of Massachusetts Medical School professor Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living), who has practiced meditation since the 1960s. Defining meditation simply as "directed concentration" and "dropping into stillness" with breath as the natural object of focus, the authors recommend comfortable clothing, a dignified sitting position, turning off the phone and not getting discouraged.

Honing "mindfulness" through repetitive activities like dishwashing or walking, and at times of pleasure and pain (lovemaking, recovery from illness) increases meditative skills. Freedom from addictive thoughts, a sense of ease and inhabiting the present moment can result from practicing Christian prayer or Tibetan, Hindu or Buddhist meditation. The authors back up their findings about meditation's ability to ease pain, lower blood pressure and slow heart rate with medical research. Kabat-Zinn systematically guides the listener through various meditation sessions, with reminders to stay aware of breathing, physical sensations and thought patterns. The authors' warm, articulate presentation and clear instructions make this the perfect meditation primer. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Library Journal
In this relatively short program, Weil and Kabat-Zinn present a very user-friendly and nondoctrinal introduction to a basic meditation technique. As is usual with Weil's "Optimum Health" series, the information is offered in a very understandable format, which will appeal to teens and adults. His explanation of what meditation is, the various types, and his personal experiences (how he doesn't do it perfectly) are very valuable. Kabat-Zinn has practiced meditation for 40 years and currently employs it to help people with various diseases including chronic stress and/or pain. While he offers some background, his chief contribution is to lead one through the basic meditation and some permutations. Like Weil, he is careful to be inclusive rather than rigid.

Kabat-Zinn explains his recommendations for certain methods and encourages listeners to do what they can to see meditation as an adventure, a gift to themselves, rather than just "one more thing to do." Highly recommended. Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.


Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Sweat, strain, laugh, and do more for your health, body, and general well-being than you even imagined possible as you take your beginning yoga class from Bikram. For more than twenty years, Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class has been among the preeminent and most beloved of all yoga guides-and now it has been revised and updated by Bikram, with virtually all-new photographs and an updated section on yoga's medical benefits.

With nearly two hundred vivid instructional photographs, Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is the perfect guidebook for any student of yoga, either advanced or beginner-a reference that makes Hatha yoga fun, easy, and completely understandable.

Illustrated throughout with 160 black-and-white photographs by Biswanath "Bisu" Ghosh

CUSTOMER REVIEWS
The book was recommended by a friend who has practiced this yoga for several years. Consequently, he has a perfectly chiseled body and boundless energy even at age 45. I have been practicing for about a week daily. I've lost noticable inches around my waist, toned up considerably and I feel energized, mobilized, oxygenated, even more at ease. Daily tasks that involve walking, bending, stretching, stooping are no longer burdensome. Bikram details not only the muscles, but organs benefited by these poses. Classmembers offer triumphant accounts of the first time they relaxed and achieved a pose to perfection. Anyone, even those who are sick or injured, can benefit from this yoga program. Many of these students came in with problems. I'm starting to understand how completely this yoga program treats the body in all aspects and can even prevent illness. Bikram says practicing every day for two months will transform your life. I'm giving it that chance. From what I've experienced so far, I believe it will. GL NY.


Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering through Yoga
Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering through Yoga

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Take the natural path to mental wellness

More than 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depressing as the symptoms they're meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution—one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace.

Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life's traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with severe depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine.
Yoga for Depression is the first yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment of these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.

About the Author: AMY WEINTRAUB, MFA, RYT, is a senior Kripalu teacher and an award-winning fiction writer. She teaches yoga and fiction writing and contributes to national magazines, including Yoga Journal, Poets and Writers and Psychology Today. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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