Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Experience the rest of your life with restorative yoga, the supported poses and breathing practices that will help you heal the effects of chronic stress. In Relax and Renew, the first book exclusively devoted to this work, you’ll find:

in-depth guidance in Basic Relaxation Pose (Savasana), the heart of restorative practice, as well as the Centering Breath
a general restorative sequence that explores backbends, an inverted posture, a twist, cooling forward bends, and a variation of Bas

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B.K.S Iyengar Yoga the Path to Holistic Health

B.K.S Iyengar Yoga the Path to Holistic Health

An anniversary edition of “BKS Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health”, to celebrate BKS Iyengar’s 90th birthday in January 2008. This book contains 30 pages of all-new material and features an introductory celebration of BKS Iyengar’s life and teachings. The design of the book has also been refreshed and updated.

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  1. Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" says:
    63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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    The art of relaxation made easy., August 4, 1999
    By A Customer

    This book is all about letting go by doing nothing purposefully. Judith Lasater, a very experienced Iyengar yoga teacher, shows the reader in words and pictures how to use everyday props (e.g., blankets, pillows,walls and floors) to travel the highway to the state of relaxation. I had the opportunity to practice restorative yoga with Ms. Lasater in Montana about two years ago and I can attest to the fact this yoga works to relax both the mental and physical muscles in the body if practiced regularly. Since most people can’t go off to Montana to practice yoga, this book is the next best thing to being there.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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    A comprehensive guide for using yoga to relieve stress, August 12, 2004
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    Beth Cholette “doctor_beth” (Upstate NY USA) –
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    This book is written by Judith Lasater, renowned yoga instructor and physical therapist, and it centers around restorative yoga, a form of yoga practice aimed specifically and reducing stress through increasing relaxation. Restorative yoga has its basis in the Iyengar tradition, which encourages use of props to allow one to relax more deeply into the yoga postures. In this book, a wide variety of specialty props are used; Lasater helpfully breaks down the props into necessary and optional categories, and she offers suggestions for everyday objects which can be substituted for the traditional yoga equipment.

    The book is very well-organized into several general themes. Part One provides an introduction to restorative yoga as well as a description of the most important posture, basic relaxation pose; it also includes both a general restorative practice and a practice for busy days. Part Two focuses on specific issues, including lower back pain, headaches, insomnia, breathing difficulties, and jet lag. The third section is designed specifically for women and offers practices for menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Finally, Part Four provides additional information such as breath instruction and general stress reduction strategies, and several useful appendices conclude the book.

    The instructions for performing each pose are beautiful illustrated with clear black and white photographs, and the accompanying written directions are meticulously detailed, incorporating sections on setting up, being there (relaxing into the pose), coming back (getting out of the pose), benefits, and cautions. For every posture sequence, Lasater offers both a summary of the poses involved and options for doing a shorter or longer practice. The gentleness of the included postures makes this book completely appropriate for beginning yoga practitioners, but more experienced yogis will also benefit from adding a restorative component to their practice.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to release, let go, and relax.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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    A must for anyone who wants to reduce stress in their life!, February 17, 1999
    By A Customer

    Judith Lasater’s wonderful book on restorative yoga, Relax & Renew, sits near my yoga mat in plain view, reminding me to take time everyday to restore and replenish myself.

    Two years ago my already busy life as a mother, yoga teacher, writer and community activist got even busier when I decided to run for public office and serve on our local City Council. Instead of drinking coffee to keep going, I practice the restorative poses taught in Judith Lasater’s book. I refer to Relax & Renew regularly to deepen my own understanding of restorative yoga and also to better instruct my students.

    For busy people juggling many hats, I recommend this book highly! A must read for politicians and anyone wanting to reduce stress in their life!

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  4. "sadhaka" says:
    160 of 163 people found the following review helpful
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    A great book that covers alot; I only whish it was more…, March 9, 2001
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    “sadhaka” (Haydenville, MA United States) –

    I have long been expecting a book from Mr. Iyengar that addresses the changes in his yoga since the publication the now classic Light on Yoga. This book clearly speaks to three major factors that Iyengar yoga is now famous for, but which are not covered in depth in Light on Yoga: the use of props and so called “restorative” poses, the therapeutic use of yoga asanas, and precise attention to anatomical detail in the poses.

    To accomplish this, the book is divided into three sections: the Introductions, Yoga for You, and Yoga for Stress. The introductions are somewhat superficial with oddly anomalous photos, perhaps useful only to those who know nothing about yoga. The introduction to Light on Yoga, while dense, is much more rewarding.

    Yoga for You gives detailed anatomical instruction in around 27 of the most basic and important asanas. This section has more pictures and more instructional information per asana than any other book I’ve seen. I was initially put of by seemingly trite little offset “advise from the Guru” sections but they eventually won me over, simply because Mr. Iyengar’s advice is really, really good.

    However, this section omits so many asanas that are also important, that it becomes difficult to give it a full endorsement as anything but a supplement to other Iyengar books. In attition, it is geared towards beginners, so intermediate and advancesed students might wish to look elswhere for further instruction. Yoga: the Iyengar Way by Silva and Mira Mehta, for instance, has slightly less detail, but covers more like 100 asanas with more some intermediate instruction(even this work, however, cuts corners).

    Yoga for Stress is the most thorough work on the use of props in existence. It also gives a large section of routines for various ailments (with little pictures for each asana – a great touch which is steadily becoming for common) and a 20 weeks course for beginners (without such pictures – a pity).

    This is, in general, great material, but I have found three problems with it:

    1. Beginner’s modifications for asanas in part 1, as well as several asanas (like Prasarita Padottanasana) which aren’t covered in part 1, are put in part 2 which makes it frequently confusing when following the routines. A beginner looking for a simple introduction to props and Iyengar yoga might do better with How to Use Yoga by Mira Mehta. 2. It’s much less useful if your not willing to invest heavily in specialized props (my own furniture and blankets weren’t really appropriate, although some people may not have this problem). In fact, if you are not totally committed to the heavy use of props, I would find it difficult to recommend this book at all. 3. There is no discussion of why the given routines are good for certain ailments (the benefits of individual asanas are, as is usual, given with the poses themselves) and the modifying of routines is discussed only briefly. Gary Kraftsow’s Yoga for Wellness, by contrast, gives a lot more of this type of information (although it has its own drawbacks).

    Despite these problems, the instructional material for what is covered in the book is to notch. I would recommend this work highly to anyone who uses or is interested in using props, Iyengar teachers, Iyengar beginners who are committed to this style of yoga and want to be thorough in their understanding of it’s more singular aspects, and anyone who insists on getting detailed anatomical instruction straight from Mr. Iyengar even in the knowledge that it will leave you wishing for more.

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  5. Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" says:
    78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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    Well-Illustrated Asanas (Poses) for Relieving Ailments, May 6, 2001
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    Many people come to yoga from the perspective of health improvement. I am one of them. The path to yoga is often difficult in this case. You don’t feel well, and those who instruct you are usually not yoga teachers. You get just a little dab to help you relax before meditating or as a supplement to an improved diet. Without knowing more, you do not know if you want to take on a lot of yoga. Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health is perfect for such health seekers. You will learn what asanas (poses or postures) can be used for what ailments, and the illustrations will help you use these asanas without an instructor.

    I wish I had seen this book before having surgery recently. I did not know that there were asanas for improving my condition, and I might have avoided a procedure that has caused me much discomfort and inconvenience.

    This book is a beginner’s work, aimed at those who know almost nothing about yoga. As such, it is perfect for those who want to try some yoga to see what the health benefits might be. In my case, my brief exposure to yoga during meditation training led me to be interested in doing more. I found, though, that some asanas seemed to be hurting me. I was doing something wrong, but had no way to correct myself. Now, with this volume, I can see how to self-correct my practice. I also found asanas for what I want to accomplish that are easier on my middle-aged physique.

    The illustrations give you the asana from 360 degrees, which is very helpful. He uses a range of models, so you will see both women and men performing the asanas. You are also told how to do them as a beginner. Each asana contains a caution section about who and when you should avoid this position. Mr. Iyengar also provides dynamic advice for how to move your body that gives you the essence of the asana in a way that mere illustrations could not. That advice focuses your attention on the way that the posture is being conducted in ways that I would have otherwise missed.

    The book starts with a brief introduction to yoga and its benefits. The philosophy is then briefly outlined. Basic asanas are then described in sections based on whether you do them by standing, sitting, forward bends, twists, inversions, back bends or while reclining.

    For people who live in Western countries, there is an extensive chapter on using yoga to relieve stress with lots of asanas. Many of these include props. I had not been introduced to props before, and liked what I saw.

    To me, the core of the book was the section on which asanas to do for ailments. Your symptoms are the organizational structure. So if you have had asthma, for example, you go to the respiratory system section and look up the asanas that help. You then go to the front of the book (using the page references) to see how to do these asanas. From this, you can build your own program of self-healing. I recommend meditation as a supplement.

    Finally, Mr. Iyengar provides a 20 week yoga course for those who want to begin yoga with a basic program. This looked like too much for me, but I will start it on my next vacation and see how it goes.

    After you have used this book as a beginner for a few weeks, you will probably benefit from having an instructor check out your asanas once in a while. You are probably making small errors that are hard for you to self-correct.

    The benefits of asanas come from relaxing the body and connecting the mind and body. You can also do this with your thoughts as the starting point. I suggest that you also select thoughts that you can use during the day to relax and create finer integration.

    Ease into more positive positions, in order to flow with the natural river of improvement!

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  6. Anonymous says:
    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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    Size matters, April 23, 2002
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    This is an impressive, big book by Mr. Iyengar himself, but the much smaller “Yoga: The Iyenger Way” by Mehta is better. This book lacks cross-references but instead shows the same poses in different parts of the book. It also shows the poses for various ailments, while the Mehta book simply lists them with a page reference. In other words, this book is so much bigger than others not because it offers more but because it’s inefficiently organized.

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