Anyone who has a regular yoga practice will find this book tortuously slows and not particularly informative. On the other hand I can't imagine anyone who does not have some sort of yoga practice already sticking with this approach for more than a week. To understand the breath exercises you also need a pretty good grasp of modern Western Anatomy, which again I can't imagine will be the case for anyone who is a genuine novice to working with the breath.
And when after 2 years work we finally arrive at actual Pranayama, of the two techiniques decribed, one is not a traditional techinique (and was really invented by Mr Iyengar as a learning technique.
In my opinion, if you want to calm you mind and learn to breath softly and mindfully, buy a book on Mindfulness or Breath Meditation; meanwhile if you want to learn Pranayama techniques stick with Mr Iyengar.
- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: SHAMBHALA - TRADE; 1 edition (2 December 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570628890
- ISBN-13: 978-1570628894
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
- Customer Reviews: 44 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)