Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga

Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga

Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga

Mainstream America is finally catching on to what Eastern countries have known for thousands of years–that yoga is not only a great, low-impact way to increase flexibility and reduce stress, it is also useful in healing any number of afflictions, from common aches and pains to chronic diseases and emotional setbacks. In this easy to follow guide for practitioners at all levels, America’s leading teacher of Viniyoga emphasizes the physical as well as the spiritual components of healing through y

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  1. John W. Kepner says:
    112 of 112 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Landmark Book for Yoga Therapy, October 1, 1999
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    This review is from: Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga (Paperback)

    I was fortunate to obtain an advance copy of this book at the recent SouthWest Yoga Conference. Over 100 copies sold out in 3 days. No wonder, for in a crowded field, this is a landmark book. Not only yoga therapy, but also for yoga practice in general. Based upon deep understanding of the principles of movement, breath and adaptation, many principles and illustrative examples of therapeutic yoga applications are presented for common aches and pains, chronic disease and emotional health. These sections are preceeded by short, relevant discussions of the anatomy and physiology involved. It is worthwhile to stress that the therapeutic applications are not isolated or stand alone examples but rather logically derive from the Viniyoga principles which are clearly, if succinctly presented in the first two chapters; Principles of Practice and Biomechanics of Movement. These explanations alone may be worth the price of the book for serious yoga students, for the Viniyoga principles are somewhat revolutionary from the perspective of many contemporary yoga practices in America. Yet, when well presented, they are eye opening, intuitive and persuasive, as I am sure many attendees of Gary’s popular lecture “Reading the Body for Yoga Therapy” will attest.

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  2. Fran Ubertini says:
    64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best Yoga book I have ever read!!, October 14, 1999
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    Fran Ubertini (Orange County, NY) –

    This review is from: Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga (Paperback)

    The breadth and depth of information in this book will appeal to everyone from the beginning student to the most advanced practioner. It is a book that will be a reference for a lifetime of work in yoga. The photographs and sequences will change the way people think and practice, being a model for all different levels of practioners. I am most grateful to Gary Kraftsow for writing this book and putting down on paper his vast experience in this rich tradition we call Viniyoga.

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  3. peg2 says:
    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good book, but not for beginners, September 5, 2000
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    This review is from: Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga (Paperback)

    I like this book. I’ve been trying to get back into my practice for the last couple of years, after a number of orthopedic rehabs. I haven’t been too successful; most books are awfully rigid about the “right” way to do the postures.

    Then I got my hands on this book. There are still a few postures I can’t do, and shouldn’t do, and will never be able to do. For the rest, Mr. Kraftsow shows adaptations that are allowing me to ease back into my practice, and feel like I’m doing myself some good. If you’ve looked everywhere else, try this.

    I do have a problem with this book, though. It’s not for beginners. It does give decent descriptions of what you should be doing at each stage of a posture, and how each stage should feel, but it doesn’t give those things with the descriptions of each series of postures. I think that’s a big drawback; you’re not going to follow one of his practices and keep flipping backward to find out how exactly to do it. On the other hand, if you’re not a beginner, this may be as good a book for you as I’m finding it is for me.

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