The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

THE ESSENTIAL COMPANION FOR BEGINNING AND EXPERIENCED YOGIS ALIKE A highly regarded organization for yoga studies and practices, the Sivananda Yoga Center created the first edition of The Sivananda Companion to Yoga in 1983. Since its publication, it has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide and has become a standard text for both yoga students and teachers. Now with fresh, colorful pages throughout, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga remains the classic guide to yoga. With easy-to-follow instr

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  1. Mrs. Langers says:
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    great buy, August 23, 2005
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    Mrs. Langers (San Diego, CA) –

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    This review is from: The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga (Paperback)

    To my mind Sivananda is the perfect type of yoga– just the right mix of spirituality, workout, stretching and relaxation all in one. I always feel fantastic afterwards! So when I moved and couldn’t find a class in my area, I really missed it. Tried Ashtanga–too many pushups! Iyengar…so much time on alignment and never broke a sweat! Gym yoga class…how do they even call this yoga? So I got this book, and it basically took me right back to the classes I used to take at the Sivananda center on 24th St., minus the chanting and a few of the variations. I use it all the time. The poses are explained well, especially if you have practiced them in a class before, with lots of diagrams and pictures and they include plenty of variations. The quick reference chart is great to remind you what order things go in or if you just want a quick half-hour session. Also good advice on diet and meditation and yoga in general. Definitely worth it for me…it’s one exercise book I actually use!

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  2. Sharon Fabrega says:
    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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    I LOVE THIS YOGA BOOK!, April 25, 2000
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    Sharon Fabrega (Asheville, NC) –

    This review is from: The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga (Paperback)

    This Yoga companion is a wonderful guide for any beginner or inntermediate yoga lover. The book has a wonderful variety of poses, all of which are broken down into step by step instructions and accompanied by wonderful illustrations, pictures, and breathing instructions. This book also contains history, a diet section, and a recommended yoga schedule which is what I started on and like to follow. I use this book with my friends and we like it very much. It is a wonderful reference and I recommend it to everyone! Enjoy your yoga!

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  3. M. Schutz says:
    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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    Simply the best!, June 8, 2001
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    M. Schutz (Sauk Rapids, Minnesota United States) –
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    This review is from: The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga (Paperback)

    This is the most well rounded and authentic book on yoga i have ever seen. The pictures in it are bright and lively. and the discriptions are short and to the point. it includes many handy variations and even a practice chart to keep your yoga practice continual. and unlike other yoga books this book includes not just the postures but the vital breathing and relaxation exercises along with a food guide. I was actually forced to buy it for the teacher training i’m going to and i’m more than glad i have it!

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  4. seth says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    most info on postures in one book that i’ve seen, April 19, 2011
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    seth

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    This review is from: Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends (Paperback)

    this series of books is the best detailed info i’ve seen on the postures. There are 3 ways I understand poses here. Names are given for each muscle that either stretches or flexes, also pictures of said muscles in different hues of blue and red to show where intensity is, also the joints involed and the direction the muscles move the ligements. While it could be overwhelming for some there is a lot of growing room and so many details to continue to work towards better posture. Even the sugested vinyasa flow has some weight to how to order poses and it gives reference to the chakras. But what I really like is how scientific it seems. It even gives several variations that can be used for injuries or preparation for each pose. What I really like is how it details how to use reciprocal inhibition and the golgi tendon to go deaper into poses- which I might call a simple shift of awareness to push into the pain without getting hurt. As well as a heap of detail about creating bandhas via co-activation for stabelization. One thing I dont see is much detail to get into the individual poses. But you can get that from a number of other good books. Once you’re in the basic pose this book will provide much detail to continue to explore, play and increase awareness and form. The 4 books in the series have minimal overlap and the portions that do use different poses for the examples. Definately check these out!

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  5. Momowillie says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Beautiful book, October 15, 2011
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    Momowillie (Kansas, United States) –

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    I love this whole series. The illustrations are perfect – detailed enough that you can really tell what you’re looking at but not overwhelming. I have a weekly yoga session with a couple of friends and we’ve been picking one pose a week to work through, using all the instructions. Sometimes all we can do is stare at the illustration, imagine where the muscle is on our bodies, and work on the intention to flex or extend it. But over weeks of working with it, we’re all finding movement where there was none before. I’m also thrilled with how much anatomy I’m absorbing through the pose illustrations and instructions.

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  6. Ida Claire says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    asanamanana, June 1, 2011
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    Ida Claire (Rockwall, TX) –

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    This review is from: Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends (Paperback)

    Ray Long is our new best friend. every book that has been published has been excellent. This new series, I reference this as really the new format..miss the longer version as You could sit on the mat and the book would stay open..ohwell. Gives pictures of what the body looks like if your just starting out as well as the final pose as it should be. For a teacher it is great information, to see someone working on the hip opener and better ways to correct a posture. I’ll buy every book he comes out with, just the information I’ve been looking for.

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