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  1. Asanas- 608 Yoga Poses (2003)
  2. Yoga- The Path To Holistic Health (2001)
  3. Yoga (2002)
  4. Yoga for Your Type - An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice (2001)
  5. Yoga for Transformation- Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart (2002)
  6. Structural Yoga Therapy- Adapting to the Individual (2001)
  7. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit- A Return to Wholeness (2000)
  8. Light on Yoga- Yoga Dipika (1995)
  9. Hatha Yoga- The Hidden Language- Symbols, Secrets, and Metaphor (1996)
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  10. Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class (2000)
  11. Yoga The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness (1996)
  12. The Heart of Yoga- Developing a Personal Practice (1999)
  13. Awakening the Spine (1995)
  14. Yoga- The Iyengar Way (1990)
  15. Yoga for Wellness- Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga (1999)
  16. The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga (1995)
  17. The Art of Yoga (2002)
  18. Yoga Vacations- A Guide to International Yoga Retreats (1999)



Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses
by Dharma Mittra

Paperback: 672 pages ; (April 2003)
New World Library; ISBN: 1577314026

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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 708 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. Because it builds on basic postures, Asanas will appeal to students of any of the 100 yoga styles. In addition, specific sequences for each of the major styles of yoga; for beginning, intermediate, and advanced yoga students; as well as for particular health problems are also featured.

Reader Review
Emulate a yogi master, April 22, 2003
Reviewer: Lori Federman from New York
I have watched Dharma Mittra's incredible poses live and through his poster, and I have wished to scrutinize each under magnification and learn from each pose to the fullest. My wish came true. This book is an incredible reference and inspiration, covering the full scope of hatha yoga (many poses come as a surprise even to the experienced). There are beautiful introductions to the chapters written by Dharma. Otherwise, the focus is simply and brilliantly on the asana (1 per page- one can also interestingly use this as an animated "flip book" to better understand Dharma's movement in the sequences). There are no distractions of accessory text or excessive design on these pages. Although the book has a contemporary look, I feel at times I am viewing an ancient book on yoga...and I realize in many ways I am. We are told the best path to perfecting our hatha yoga practice is to watch a yogi master practice to perfection and then emulate them. Here is our opportunity.


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Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health
by B. K. S. Iyengar

Hardcover: 408 pages ; (March 2001)
DK Publishing; ISBN: 0789471655

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Around the world, increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's leading teacher of yoga, shares his unique, holistic approach. For Iyengar, yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind, and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability, age, and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-degree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S. Iyengar's innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures. Without a doubt, Yoga: The Iyengar Way is the definitive guide to the practice of yoga by the master.


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Yoga
by Linda Sparrowe, David Martinez (Illustrator), Yoga Journal

Hardcover: 448 pages ; (October 2002)
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates; ISBN: 0883635097

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Yoga’s 5,000-year tradition is rich and varied, and has always evolved to meet the needs of the culture it serves. Ever increasing numbers of people come to the practice and encounter its many benefits: the union of opposites; an understanding of the effect of the outside world on the body; a significant reduction in stress; a path to liberation; and the discovery of one’s true self. Above all else, yoga has been and continues to be about the process of transformation. Linda Sparrowe discusses yoga’s roots in the sacred texts and provides a look at the 20th-century yogis who brought it to the West — Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar, to name a few. Four hundred artful posture-illustrating photographs of the most famous yoga practitioners, including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Richard Freeman, pull the reader ever closer to this powerful practice.

Reader Review
Beautiful!, February 26, 2003
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer from Blue Point, NY United States
This book exemplifies the depth of yoga asana. The photos are amazing and a real inspiration for anybody that practices yoga. The postures that are represented in this book should in no way discourage any student of any level but rather be an encouragement to know that there's always something to stive for. I highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys yoga.


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Yoga for Your Type : An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice
by Dr. David Frawley, Sandra Summerfield Kozak

Paperback - 275 pages ; (October 2001)
Arcana Pub; ISBN: 091026130X

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This is the first book that details how to choose Yoga asanas (Yoga poses) mostappropriate for your unique body type according to the five thousand year oldsystem of Ayurvedic medicine. These two systems of healing and energymanagement have long been regarded as effective methods of relieving stress,creating personal balance, eliminating ailments, and relieving chronic pain.Yoga for Your Type presents a fundamental understanding of both Yoga andAyurveda and provides the information needed for you to balance your energy andfeel healthy.

Reader Review
Understanding of Yoga and Ayurveda, September 1, 2002
Reviewer: Jill from Tacoma, Wa
Yoga for Your Type is an excellent book for everybody whether they practice Yoga or Ayurvedic or just want to be healthy. In the first chapter the authors give a brief but thorough basis for the understanding of yoga and of Ayurveda. Ms Kozak, who is well known for her exceptional teaching and wealth of yoga information, not only gives complete directions for practicing each of the yoga postures but, in the second chapter gives valuable information about how to practice. Both the third and fourth chapter make this a lasting manual for our practices by giving us 6-12 months of practice directions for the three doshic types.


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Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart
by Gary Kraftsow

Paperback: 288 pages ; (June 4, 2002)
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140196293

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Yoga has millions of devotees in the Western world, but most contemporary yoga students center their practice on postures but not on the ancient teachings that are still relevant today. In Yoga for Transformation, author Gary Kraftsow leads the modern yoga student in combining posture practice with the rich and deep tradition of mind, heart, and spirit. He presents core postures (asanas), clearly illustrated by models of all ages, and describes how to incorporate breathing, chanting, meditation, prayer, and ritual to add a spiritual dimension to your practice.

"The purpose of these practices is to serve you in deepening your self-understanding, and to assist you in the process of self-transformation," writes Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga institute and author of Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga. Viniyoga is a methodology for developing a personal yoga practice using asana, pranayama (breathing), meditation, ritual, and prayer. This multifaceted book is recommended for the serious yoga student who wants to explore new dimensions of yoga; it's not for the beginner or dabbler. --- Joan Price
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About the Author
Gary Kraftsow is the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and teaches in the Viniyoga lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and T. K. V. Desikachar. He conducts seminars and retreats throughout the United States and Europe and trains teachers and therapists.

Reader Review
An Authoritative Presentation and Practice Manual, July 30, 2002
Reviewer: John W. Kepner (see more about me at Amazon.com) from Little Rock, AR USA
I have actively worked with this book for 2 months and this teacher for 5 years. This is an elegant, innovative introduction and practice manual for the broader and deeper dimensions to Yoga practice.

The publication is in two parts. The first is a presentation of the classical five dimensions to the human being from the Taittriyha Upanishad integrated with the Kriya Yoga model of transformation from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the age and orientation models of Yoga practice from the teaching lineage often known as Viniyoga in the West. This discussion alone will be of much interest to the serious Yoga student of any tradition, for many classical teachings are condensed in a well-written, authoritative and accessible manner. The authority comes both from the influential teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son, Desikachar and the scholarship of the author, a student of Desikachar, Sanskrit and religion for many years.

Following this foundation is a series of discussions and practices sequentially emphasizing each of the 5 dimensions: Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnanamaya and Anadamaya. Within these discussions are more well-written teachings on Pranayama, the Bandhas and the Cakra model. These practices are instructive and surprisingly challenging by themselves, but they are not prescriptions. They are illustrations of principles that can be further adapted by individuals to better support their own bodies and purpose for Yoga practice. In brief, this is what the Viniyoga teachings are all about. Still, the practices can be practiced by individuals on their own or used by a teacher as a template when working with his or her own students in group classes. For those not familiar with Viniyoga, the practices are well-presented with pictures and detailed instructions.

For those who have worked with the author for some time, several of the practices are familiar, but others are new. Many of the best practices he has presented at workshops are not shown. This book will be a relief for the many students who have tried to recall the flood of information presented at workshops around the country because much, but not all, is finally written down. A natural complement for this book is Kraftsow's first book, Yoga for Wellness, where the principles of Viniyoga asana practice are presented, along with many therapeutic applications of breath and movement. Three other good complements are Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind by A.G. Mohan, The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar and The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Bernard Bouanchaud.


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Structural Yoga Therapy: Adapting to the Individual
by Mukunda Stiles

Hardcover: 360 pages ; (January 2001)
Red Wheel/Weiser; ISBN: 1578631777

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Written for serious practitioners and teachers who want to use yoga to bring complete balance to the body, and understand, in more detail, how the asanas affect the structure of the body. You will learn "body reading" to determine what posture reveals about muscular imbalances. Stiles shares his understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, joint mobility and muscle strength, and teaches a series of joint-freeing exercises that can also be used to strengthen muscles. 123 illustrations.

Reader Review
Well organized useful book, April 8, 2001
Reviewer: Peggy Baldwin from Portland, OR USA
I've looked at many books about yoga for various physical needs, and this is the most knowledgable and comprehensive book I've seen. Reading Peg2's comments, I can see what she means about photos. They would have been nice, or at least drawings of the postures in various phases, but in my mind this "inadequacy" is greatly overshadowed by other aspects of this book. Charts and comprehensive details about muscles need to be strengthened or stretched. There is a great deal of information about body structure, and the reader is guided through an analysis of their own posture problems. I have suspected that my shoulder, back, and knee problems were related to each other in some way. This book confirmed it. I have been doing recommended postures for a few weeks and am seeing real progress. I feel like I'm equipped to go into a yoga class and modify or substitute postures for to meet the needs of my body. The author has a physical therapy degree and well as yoga training and his knowledge level is very apparent in this book. I can't recommend it enough! This information is not available anywhere else that I know about, in this beautifully organized, accessible way.


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Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness
by Donna Farhi

Paperback - 271 pages ; (May 2000)
Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; ISBN: 0805059709

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The first book to unify all yoga styles and bring the understanding of yoga's mind-body connection clearly into the mainstream. In this comprehensive guide, Donna Farhi, the internationally renowned yoga instructor and author of The Breathing Book, brings her holistic approach to this centuries-old Eastern practice. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit is the first book to present the vital essence of hatha yoga from a perspective that will enable Westerners to experience authentic yoga practice directly. Providing detailed instructions, practice tips, and inspiration for students at all levels, Donna Farhi works with universal movement principles that may be applied to all styles of yoga, including ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, and viniyoga. At the heart of this book are seventy-five fully illustrated asanas, or postures, with descriptions of their executions and benefits. On every page Farhi's teaching gifts are evident, and through clear, easy-to-follow explanations you'll discover
*the core movement principles that underlie all yoga practice
*the philosophical precepts that are the foundation of a balanced life
*the postures arranged into related groups--including standing postures, sitting postures, arm balances, and breathing practices--for quick and easy reference
*home practice sessions outlined for the beginning and advanced student

Reader Review
Fabulous Guide for Beginners!, March 31, 2001
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer from USA
This may be the best yoga book I've ever read. There is an excellent section on the mechanics of movement, and the descriptions of the poses are very thorough, and very detailed. The photos of what NOT to do are especially helpful. This book will be interesting to all yoga students, but I think it's absolutely invaluable for the beginner because it is so well-thought out and descriptive--A must-have!


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Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika
by B. K. S. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin

Paperback: 544 pages ; Revised edition (January 1995)
Schocken Books; ISBN: 0805210318

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Reader Review
No.1 Book on Yoga, March 2, 2003
Reviewer: Dorota Kluza from Chicago, Illinois United States
I checked many books on yoga and this one, first published in 1966, still is the best. It contains an introductory part about yoga, its philosophy. Subsequently, it provides approximately 200 asanas. Each asana is rated based on its difficulty level. It contains a very brief description of a posture and derivation of its name, provides a technique - a step-by-step description of what needs to be done in order to properly perform an asana and emphasizes where to pay particular attention. It also lists effects of a particular asana on our body and mind. Each posture is supported by a black-and-white photograph (often times there are pictures of the same asana taken from different angles).
My only concerns are to the publisher: this book, because of its content, has been one of the best and most popular books on yoga. Yet, it is printed on a cheap paper, it is difficult to have it opened on a particular page during a practice and the font size is very small. I would like to see its graphic design updated, while still keeping the original black-and-white pictures of B.K.S. Iyengar demonstrating the asanas.


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Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language: Symbols, Secrets, and Metaphor
by Swami Sivananda Radha

Paperback: 312 pages ; (January 1, 1996)
Timeless Books; ISBN: 0931454743

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In Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, Swami Radha explains the broader nature and purpose of the yoga asanas. Using 22 classical postures, she delves into symbolism and metaphor to show how each posture is like a symbolic gesture that creates a specific effect on the mind. She invites yoga students and teachers to use reflection and visualization in their own practice to discover the psychological and mystical benefits of Hatha Yoga and gain a deep appreciation of the power of yoga as a tool for self-transformation.

For instruction in this type of yoga, also available are audiocassettes: Introduction to Hidden Language and in the Hidden Language Series: Eagle & Cock, Mountain & Headstand, Shavasana, Tortoise & Fish, Triangle & Shoulderstand.

About the Author
Swami Sivananda Radha (1911 – 1995) is the author of ten classic books on yoga, including Kundalini Yoga for the West and Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, and the originator of Ascent magazine. After being initiated by her teacher, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, Swami Radha returned to North America in 1956. She founded Yasodhara Ashram in Canada and the Association for the Development of Human Potential in the United States. Swami Radha dedicated her life to updating the Eastern teachings for the Western mind. By the time of her death at age 84, she had become one of the West’s most highly regarded spiritual teachers.


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