Title: Light on Yoga
Author: B. K. S. Iyengar
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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