Posted on September 15, 2020. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Do you want to try something relaxing yet beneficial while at home? Yoga is your answer! Originating in India, yoga is a physical, spiritual, and mental practice that eases the mind while relaxing the muscles of the body. During the 1980’s, it became widely popular in the United States. Yoga consists of several physical poses that stretch muscles and can strengthen them overtime. If you want to learn more about yoga, try reading some of the books in our collection that can offer you more information. Check them out below.

71owphuidql._ac_ul320_The Sacred Tradition of Yoga: Traditional Philosophy, Ethics, and Practices for a Modern Spiritual Life
by Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois

“In today’s complex world, how is it possible to truly live as a yogi? Traditional yoga theory offers fresh, insightful solutions to today’s practical lifestyle concerns, ranging from environmentalism to personal health and wellness. Tuning into classic yoga philosophy and teachings can bring to light our greatest strengths while showing us how to maintain a healthy body and clear mind while attaining inner happiness.

Drawing from his personal experiences of yoga and insight into ancient Sanskrit texts, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois connects yogic philosophy to how we approach food, work, education, relationships, and other conscious lifestyle choices to support our deepest longings for happiness, peace, and balance. Practical and insightful, The Sacred Tradition of Yoga begins with a clear and deep inquiry into the human condition, reminding us of the true purpose of Yoga.

The second half of the book focuses on the yamas and niyamas, the personal disciplines and social ethics of yoga. Throughout, Dr. Jois’ teachings honor ancient traditions and underscore the benefits we can gain from adopting a yogic way of life in the modern world” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health
by B.K.S. Iyengar

“Around the world, increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide, B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s leading teacher of yoga, shares his unique, holistic approach. For Iyengar, yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind, and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability, age, and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-degree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S. Iyengar’s innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Yoga for Stuttering: Unifying the Voice, Breath, Mind & Body to Achieve Fluent Speech
by J.M. Balakrishnan

“Stuttering, caused by a disorder in the brain’s right hemisphere, can limit one’s life in a variety of ways, from job choices and advancement to social and romantic opportunities. Typical remedies emphasizing antidepressants and electronic devices have had mixed results at best.

Yoga for Stuttering takes a fresh approach based on ancient methods. Author J.M. Balakrishnan combines an understanding of the neurological aspects of stuttering with yoga methods long used in India for remediation to form a new, natural method for improving vocal fluency. The book presents three related branches of yoga and their accompanying practices, nada yoga (chanting and vocalization), hatha yoga (yoga poses), and raja yoga (guided meditations), providing the reader with sets of voice, breathing, and physical exercises to help relax the body and mind, relieve chronic tension, and achieve fluent speech. The book features photos and illustrations to make the method easy to follow, and no prior knowledge of yoga is required. Yoga for Stuttering was created to meet the needs of those who have not obtained relief through traditional methods and is aimed at both speech pathologists and individuals looking for a holistic, drug-free approach to the condition” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Yoga for a Lifetime of Health and Fitness
by Mara Carrico

“Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics offers the first truly comprehensive introduction to the practice of this popular ancient healing art. Produced by a teacher of yoga for over 25 years and the editors of Yoga Journal, it offers all the inspiration and instruction you’ll need to develop your own at-home yoga practice. Beginning with an exploration of the roots of yoga, the book goes on to describe a variety of hatha yoga styles—Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and others—so you can choose the method that’s appropriate for you. Featuring easy-to-follow instructions and 140 black-and-white photographs to illustrate the postures,Yoga Basics provides a thorough understanding not only of the mechanics of technique but of all the important elements that make yoga so much more than a fitness regime. In this unique book you’ll find:

* Tips on the use of the breath in yoga practice and breath awareness exercises
* Guidelines for regular practice, including health and safety considerations
* Dozens of illustrated postures– standing, seated, supine, and prone– with their benefits described
* Sample Yoga routines that can be done in as little as 15 minutes per day
* Instruction on the practice and power of meditation” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Yoga – Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body
by Liz Stillwaggon Swan

Yoga – Philosophy for Everyone presents a wide array of perspectives by people whose lives have been touched by yoga. Addressing myriad aspects of yoga’s divergent paths, topics include body image for men and women; the religious and spiritual aspects of yoga; and issues relating to ethics, personal growth, and the teaching of yoga. Written by philosophers and non-philosophers alike, with contributions from professional yoga instructors, lifelong practitioners, and first-timers, Yoga – Philosophy for Everyone offers a wealth of material for both enjoyment and deep reflection” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

The Yoga Mini-Book for Energy and Strength: A Specialized Program for a Stronger, High-Energy You
by Elaine Gavalas; illustrations by Nelle Davis

The Yoga Mini-Book for Energy and Strength is book three in our series of clearly illustrated instructional books, each demonstrating how yoga practice is the superior approach to meeting specific health/wellness goals—here, improved energy and strength. Yoga’s mainstream appeal is undeniable. It is incredibly popular with thousands of people ranging in age from teens to boomers and beyond, many of them motivated by a particular advertised health benefit of regular practice.

Two of the biggest draws are yoga’s strengthening and energizing benefits. In this book, centuries-old exercises (asans) use the body’s own weight (and light hand weights) to build muscle strength without muscle bulk and create sleek, strong bodies. Breathing exercises (pranayama), massage, and carefully selected asans are included for their stimulating effects on the nervous and circulatory systems. From an introduction to the practice to carefully illustrated instructions, readers have all they need to create an individualized routine for their specific needs and situations” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781450400244_p0_v4_s192x300Yoga Anatomy
by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

“With more asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, the second edition of Yoga Anatomy provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.

Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource—one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light” (Overdrive).

-posted by Kevin Purtell & Huma Abdulaziz

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