I started taking a Sivananda Yoga class three months ago. Since then, I have come to enjoy yoga so much that I am trying to develop a home practice. Although you can easily find the Sivananda asana sequence online, this book is a must. Why?
1. The text is easy to understand.
2. This book is not super in-depth, but is just enough to not overwhelm you as a beginner but still able to carry you through your practice as you advance. In other words, it provides a great foundation and reference tool.
3. The photos are beautiful and clearly demonstrate the progression of each asana.
4. There are variations provided for each asana.
5. The routines are shown through photos, not just the pose name. I like this because I'm more likely to have the book open and USE it during my practice.
6. It shows common mistakes when performing a pose. I realized I have a lot to work on. :)
7. The chapters on breathing and meditation are simple but good.
8. While this book does cover Sivananda Yoga, I really think that it is universal in the information that it provides.
I like that this book covers the pose and counter-pose sequence thoroughly, diet, meditation, breathing, and overall health. It briefly mentions chakras and energy, but doesn't really explain much. I kind of liked this because I know quite a few people who like yoga as an exercise, but wouldn't be interested in the rest of it. So, while chakras and energy are mentioned, it is up to the reader to explore the yoga world more through other texts as well.
Overall, I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in yoga. This book is a keeper and has earned a spot in my yoga bag next to my mat.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd; 1 edition (26 February 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241323630
- ISBN-13: 978-0241323632
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.2 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)