The definitive guide to yoga in everyday life from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon. His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around they world. In ‘Tree of Yoga’, the collected wisdom of his many years of practical practice and its application in real life are brought into a single-volume work. A collected philosophy for life researched through decades of practice by B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher. These are his core teachings and advice for living a long, healthy, happy life. Using the tree as a structural metaphor for both life and yoga practice, the essays cover many aspects of life and practice which are vital to health and happiness and in need of care. This includes: * Yoga and health * Yoga as part of daily life * Childhood and parenthood * Love * Death * Faith – hope and spirituality * Teachers and teaching
B. K. S. Iyengar - A jóga fája
Egy világszerte elismert és köztiszteletben álló jógatanár, B. K. S. Iyengar újabb könyvét ismerheti meg az olvasó. Szavai nem elméletek vagy teóriák; ő a jóga önfeltáró útját tanítja, egy módszert, melynek minden részletét egy élet gyakorlása és tapasztalata hitelesít. Az Iyengar-módszer, melyet sokan a testi hatásai miatt csodálnak, valójában a jógafilozófia, a spiritualitás és a jógagyakorlás egysége, szoros összhangba hozva azt a hétköznapi élettel. A jóga fája inspiráló előadások és tanítások sora, ahol Patandzsali jógaszútrái közvetlenül ívelnek át a mindennapokba: éppúgy szó esik benne a családi életről, a szerelemről és a szexualitásról, mint ahogy az egészségről és a gyógyító művészetekről. Foglalkozik a meditációval, beszél a halálról is, és a jóga tanításának számos finomságára hívja fel az tanítani vágyók figyelmet. A témák komolyságát a szerző személyes tapasztalatai teszik ízessé, szemléletessé és feldolgozhatóvá. A könyvet olvasva megláthatjuk, hogy miként ültethetők át a spirituális alapelvek közvetlen gyakorlati cselekvésbe. Ebben a figyelemre méltó könyvben az Olvasó egyszerre lehet együtt B. K. S. Iyengarral, mint költővel, és mint jóga filozófussal is, aki hasonlatokon keresztül éppúgy tanít, mint az elemzésen át. Művében kifejezi a jóga szépségét és ragyogását, és megmutatja, hogy a jóga miként lesz gyakorlati művészet, amelyből minden érdeklődő haszonnal meríthet.
Nancy Liebler - Sandra Moss - Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way
Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way shines a new light on the darkness of depression by presenting specific antidepression strategies designed to help you unleash your innate healing potential. The time-tested advice presented in this book is based on the latest theories of modern science and the practical wisdom of Ayurveda, an ancient system of natural medicine. This unique book offers a comprehensive step-by-step program for eradicating the root of depression from the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your being. Through detailed questionnaires about your psycho-physiological profile and elemental imbalances, you will identify an archetype that most represents your experience with depression. Then, you will design a tailor-made health program to regain balance in your mind-body. You will learn to undo depression by: * Identifying your unique manifestation of depression based on elemental imbalances * Using yoga, exercise, and breathing techniques that are in sync with your specific physical, mental, and emotional needs * Using food and meditation as medicine Whether you are battling a depressive episode or need support coping with the problems of daily living, this book will help you awaken the "physician within" and embark on a pathway to a life of balance and renewal.
Deepak Chopra - David Simon - A jóga hét törvénye
E kötet olyan tisztán és érzékenyen szól a jógáról, hogy azok, akik eddig nem gyakorolták, sajnálkozni fognak mulasztásuk miatt. A gyakorlatokat üdítőnek találják majd, s talán még a légzéstechnikákat és a meditálást is el szeretnék sajátítani. A szerzők a hét szellemi törvényt elosztották a hét egyes napjaira. Mindegyik törvényhez három feladat tartozik, amelyek megkönnyítik az elmélet átültetését a gyakorlatba. Meditációk, relaxáló, tisztító és energetizáló légzéstechnikák, mantrák, valamint jógatesthelyzetek teszik teljessé a könyvet, s ezek egymást erősítve, jól követhető rendszerbe szervezve segítik a fizikai életerő megnövelését. Megtisztítják szívünket az érzelmileg gátló tényezőktől, és újra felélesztik bennünk az életörömöt. Az instrukciókat fényképek egészítik ki, így a kezdők is bátran forgathatják a praktikus kötetet. A jóga hét törvénye nem csupán lenyűgöző filozófiai és gyakorlati magyarázatai miatt építő olvasmány, hanem a valósághoz való hozzáállása miatt is, amely az egész embert és a bolygót is gyógyítani képes.
Lorin Roche - The Radiance Sutras
The gateways to wonder and delight are flung open wide for all to enter. At once a beautiful love song and an encyclopedia of yogic techniques, the coveted text known as the Bhairava Tantra shimmers with new effulgence in Lorin Roche's The Radiance Sutras. Lorin brings us fresh commentaries on each of 112 Sanskrit teachings along with his one-of-a-kind guidance in how to meditate with, embody, and practice them-what he calls "answering the call of the sutras you love." Here is an invitation to experience directly the ecstatic depths of tantric yoga as revealed by the divine partners Shiva and Shakti, through an intimate exploration of: . The divinity that is permeating your body at this very moment . The alchemical power of Sanskrit . Yoga meditation-harmonizing all the elements and levels of your being . The depths of our connection to the energies of life "Taken as a whole, this teaching is startling in its breadth, in the huge range of human experience that it encompasses," writes Lorin. "This is a book to savor one phrase at a time, over a period of days or years or a lifetime." With The Radiance Sutras, now yoga students everywhere can nurture their own relationship with these living wisdom teachings.
Stephen Cope - Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent "pilgrim's progress" for today's world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.
Mark Stephens - Yoga Sequencing
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes presents the essential principles and methods for planning and sequencing yoga classes. Addressing one of the most popular topics in the yoga profession, this book offers sixty-seven model sequences of yoga poses (asanas) that cover the broad range of yoga student experience, including multiple sequences for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; yoga for kids, teens, women across the life cycle, and seniors; classes to relieve depression and anxiety; and sequences for each of the major chakras and ayurvedic constitutions. Each sequence provides guidance for teaching the different breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques that give yoga its transformative power.
Szvámi Ráma - Holisztikus Egészség egy Jógi szemével
Ha a jóga ősi módszereivel újra teljes figyelmet fordítunk létezésünkre, tudatos irányítói leszünk tetteinknek és érzelmeinknek. Észre fogjuk venni, hogy az egészség mentális aspektusa fontosabb, mint a fizikai. Végül megtapasztaljuk a bennünk lévő tudatosság középpontját, s ezt a különleges szintet hívjuk spirituális egészségnek. Ez egyszerre jelenti a létezés és a harmónia művészetének megvalósítását.
Karan Bajaj - The Yoga of Max's Discontent
In this captivating and surprising novel of spiritual discovery—a No. 1 bestseller in India—a young American travels to India and finds himself tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Max Pzoras is the poster child for the American Dream. The child of Greek immigrants who grew up in a dangerous New York housing project, he triumphed over his upbringing and became a successful Wall Street analyst. Yet on the frigid December night he’s involved in a violent street scuffle, Max begins to confront questions about suffering and mortality that have dogged him since his mother’s death. His search takes him to the farthest reaches of India, where he encounters a mysterious night market, almost freezes to death on a hike up the Himalayas, and finds himself in an ashram in a drought-stricken village in South India. As Max seeks answers to questions that have bedeviled him—can yogis walk on water and live for 200 years without aging? Can a flesh-and-blood man ever achieve nirvana?—he struggles to overcome his skepticism and the pull of family tugging him home. In an ultimate bid for answers, he embarks on a dangerous solitary meditation in a freezing Himalayan cave, where his physical and spiritual endurance is put to its most extreme test. By turns a gripping adventure story and a journey of tremendous inner transformation, The Yoga of Max's Discontent is a contemporary take on man's classic quest for transcendence.
Stephen Cope - The Great Work of Your Life
In this fast-paced age, the often overwhelming realities of daily life may leave you feeling uncertain about how to realize your life’s true purpose—what spiritual teachers call dharma. But yoga master Stephen Cope says that in order to have a fulfilling life you must, in fact, discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self. In The Great Work of Your Life, Cope describes the process of unlocking the unique possibility harbored within every human soul. The secret, he asserts, can be found in the pages of a two-thousand-year-old spiritual classic called the Bhagavad Gita—an ancient allegory about the path to dharma, told through a timeless dialogue between the fabled archer, Arjuna, and his divine mentor, Krishna. Cope takes readers on a step-by-step tour of this revered tale, and in order to make it relevant to contemporary readers, he highlights well-known Western lives that embody its central principles—including such luminaries as Jane Goodall, whose life trajectory shows us the power of honoring The Gift; Walt Whitman, who listened for the call of the times; Susan B. Anthony, whose example demonstrates the power of focused energy; John Keats, who was able to let his desire give birth to aspiration; and Harriet Tubman, whose life was nothing if not a lesson in learning to walk by faith. This essential guide also includes everyday stories about following the path to dharma, which illustrate the astonishingly contemporary relevance and practicality of this classic yogic story. If you’re feeling lost in your own life’s journey, The Great Work of Your Life may provide you with answers to the questions you most urgently need addressed—and may help you to find and to embrace your true calling.
Sudhir Kakar - Shamans, Mystics and Doctors
Shamans, Mystics and Doctors is a detailed and thoroughly fascinating account of the many ways in which the ancient healing traditions of India—embodied in the rituals of shamans, the teachings of gurus and the precepts of the school of medicine known as Ayurveda—diagnose and treat emotional disorder. Drawing on three years of intensive fieldwork and his own psychoanalytic training and experience, Sudhir Kakar takes us into a world of Islamic mosques and Hindu temples, of assembled multitudes, and dingy, out-of-the-way consultation rooms… a world where patients and healers blame evil spirits for emotional disturbances… where dreams and symptoms that would be familiar to Freud are interpreted in terms of a myriad of deities and legends… where trance-like “dissociation states” are induced to bring out and resolve the conflicts of repressed anger, lust and envy… where proper grooming, diet, exercise and conduct are (and have been for centuries) seen as essential to the preservation of a healthy mind and body. As he witnesses the practitioners and their patients, as he elucidates the therapeutic systems on which their encounters are based, as he contrasts his own Western training and biases with evidence of his eyes (and the sympathies of his heart), Kakar reveals the universal concerns of these individuals and their admittedly foreign cultures—people we can recognize and feel for, people (like their Western counterparts) trying to find some balance between the pressures and rewards of the external world and the fantasies and desires of the internal. This is a major work of cultural interpretation, a book that challenges (and should enhance) our understanding of therapy, mental health and individual freedom. Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and scholar, brilliantly illuminates the ancient healing traditions of India embodied in the rituals of shamans, the teachings of gurus, and the precepts of the school of medicine known as Ayurveda. "With extraordinary sympathy, open-mindedness, and insight Sudhir Kakar has drawn from both his Eastern and Western backgrounds to show how the gulf that divides native healer from Western psychiatrist can be spanned."—Rosemary Dinnage, New York Review of Books "Each chapter describes the geographical and cultural context within which the healers work, their unique approach to healing mental illness, and . . . the philosophical and religious underpinnings of their theories compared with psychoanalytical theory."—Choice
Peter Russell - The TM Technique
One of the first meditation practices to become popular in the West, Transcendental Meditation has attracted followers from many walks of life—doctors, students, business people, housewives. There are now over 5 million people practicing the technique throughout the world. Peter Russell’s book has become the key work to a complete understanding of TM. The first part deals with the technique itself: its origins and how it works. Scientific studies into TM indicate that it produces a state of profound rest, by a process exactly opposite to that by which the body accumulates stress and tension. The implications of TM for improving health, clarity of mind, creativity and personal stability in everyday life are considered in detail. In the second part of the book, Peter Russell looks closely at how higher states of consciousness develop and how our perception and relationship with the rest of the world change as a result. "This book is a straightforward explanation of what TM is, how it works and what results it is intended to achieve. The book is clear and concise and can be confidently recommended to anyone who wants to know about TM.” — Anthony Campbell, British Book Review THE AUTHOR Peter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge, later turning to psychology as he became fascinated by the subject of consciousness and the untapped potential of the human brain. He studied TM in India under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, trained there as a teacher of TM, and later spent three years researching into the subject at the University of Bristol. He was one of the first people to introduce self-development seminars to business, and for twenty years consulted to major corporations on creativity, learning methods, stress management and sustainability. He now lectures around the world on consciousness and the future evolution of humanity.
Stephen Cope - The Wisdom of Yoga
For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition–now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist, and leading American yoga instructor. While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies, and spirits? What is an optimal human life? Nowhere have their discoveries been more brilliantly distilled than in a short–but famously difficult–treatise called the Yogasutra. This revered text lays out the entire path of inner development in remarkable detail–ranging from practices that build character and mental power to the highest reaches of spiritual realization. Now Stephen Cope unlocks the teachings of the Yogasutra by showing them at work in the lives of a group of friends and fellow yoga students who are confronting the full modern catastrophe of careers, relationships, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Interweaving their daily dilemmas with insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion, and philosophy, he shows the astonishing relevance and practicality of this timeless psychology of awakening. Leavened with wit and passion, The Wisdom of Yoga is a superb companion and guide for anyone seeking enhanced creativity, better relationships, and a more ethical and graceful way of living in the world.
Swami Rama - The Art of Joyful Living
In The Art of Joyful Living, Swami Rama imparts a message of inspiration and optimism: that you are responsible for making your life happy and emanating that happiness to others. This book shows you how to maintain a joyful view of life even in difficult times. A modern-day spiritual classic, The Art of Joyful Living has given guidance and inspiration to countless seekers on the spiritual path. The straightforward yet profound wisdom found within is a distillation of knowledge garnered from countless masters and adepts of the Himalayan Tradition, made available and relatable to the modern-day student of yoga.In this transformative book on how to live joyfully, you will learn how to: Remove negative habit patterns Work through intense emotions Develop strength and willpower Listen to your intuition Nurture spirituality in loving relationships Find inner wisdom Create an authentic meditation practice Give yourself the simple gift of discovering the joy that lies within you.
B. Alan Wallace - Dreaming Yourself Awake
Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dreamer—and this book provides all the instruction you need to get started. But B. Alan Wallace also shows how to take the experience of lucid dreaming beyond entertainment to use it to heighten creativity, to solve problems, and to increase self-knowledge. He then goes a step further: moving on to the methods of Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga for using your lucid dreams to attain the profoundest kind of insight.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand - Healing Mantras
“Sound is more than simply a medium of artistic expression. Sound has practical and powerful applications in the real world." Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention--specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth. Healing Mantras is the practical, how-to guide that makes the strengths and benefits of mantras available to everyone. The transformative power of sound has been passed down to the present from the sages of India, the classical scientists of ancient Greece, and the medieval monks of Europe. Mantras, sounds, and chants have inspired, comforted, and mended the lives of individuals, religious orders, and even entire cultures. Even though the science and discipline of chanting and formal prayer are practiced in every religion around the world, this is the first time that ancient Sanskrit mantras have been explained and adapted to Western needs. One of the few Western experts in Hindu and Buddhist mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand has practiced mantra-based spiritual disciplines for twenty-five years. In this illuminating book, he explains how and why mantras work and shows how to use them for everything from controlling habits to overcoming fear, from curing specific ailments to finding inner peace. In each of the more than fifty mantras, all translated from the original Sanskrit, Ashley-Farrand unlocks the power of every word, explains its appropriate application, and tells you how to pronounce it in easy-to-follow phonetic symbols. Inside, you'll find mantras for - Health - Worldly Success - Habit Control - Protection - Grief - Anger - Controlling Fear - Personal Attraction - Wisdom - Concentration and Mental Clarity - Healing Life Issues - and more! These mantras can be repeated aloud or in silence and can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice, "as you wash dishes, as you drive on the freeway, as you meditate, or as you cook." Sound can help and sound can heal, and Healing Mantras now makes this sound medicine available to everyone.
Rolf Gates - Katrina Kenison - Meditations from the Mat
As more and more people in the West pursue yoga in its various forms, whether at traditional centers, in the high-powered atmosphere of sports clubs, or on their own, they begin to realize that far from being just another exercise routine, yoga is a discipline of the body and the mind. The 365 meditations incluided in this book offer a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day, during evening reflection, Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone’s yoga journey.
Rachel Brathen - Yoga Girl
By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day. Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl—has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. In Yoga Girl, Brathen takes readers beyond her Instagram feed and shares her journey like never before—from her self-destructive teenage years in her hometown in Sweden to her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica, and finally to the beautiful and bohemian life she’s built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today. Featuring spectacular photos of Brathen practicing yoga with breathtaking tropical backdrops, along with step-by-step yoga sequences and simple recipes for a healthy, happy, and fearless lifestyle—Yoga Girl is like an armchair vacation to a Caribbean spa.
Kino MacGregor - The Power of Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga is a popular and athletic type of yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, one of the great modern gurus. In this book, Kino MacGregor, one of Jois’s disciples, explains Ashtanga’s history and tradition; the essential connection of breath, posture, and gaze that is the core of the practice; how Ashtanga philosophy manifests in dietary and lifestyle choices; and how Ashtanga is fundamentally a path of spiritual transformation and development. MacGregor draws from her own personal experiences to illuminate this fascinating practice. She also describes and demonstrates the entire Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series in 125 halftones, which includes standing, seated, backbending, opening, and closing postures. This book is appropriate for those who are new to Ashtanga Yoga and want a solid, engaging introduction to the practice, and for more experienced practitioners who will be inspired by MacGregor and interested in her expertise and her holistic view of the practice.
Yoga Swami Svatmarama - Hatha yoga pradipika
“Hatha yoga, or hatha vidya (the science of hatha yoga) is commonly misunderstood and misrepresented as being simply a physical culture, divorced from spiritual goals. Hans−Ulrich Rieker shows the error of this idea by explaining the changes which take place, through the practice of hatha yoga, in the practitioner’s body, mind and self. He makes the reader aware of the subjective transformation that occurs as the consciousness penetrates inwards towards the Self, and as the Self diffuses outwards. He shows that hatha yoga is not just physical exercise, but an integrated science leading towards spiritual evolution.”