This small book by one of the great yoga figures of our time attests to the timeless nature of ashtanga yoga practice. Based on vinyasa-the coordination of breath and movement-ashtanga yoga has become one of the most widespread and influential styles of practice today, and Yoga Mala is its most important written guide. In this book, Shri K.Pattabhi Jois outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying ashtanga yoga and explains its terms and concepts. He then guides us through the Sun Salutations and the primary series, which consists of forty-two asanas. At every step he describes how to execute each pose and what benefits each provides.
Jois introduced astanga yoga to the West in 1964 and was the driving force behind its worldwide dissemination. Having studied for twenty-five years with T. Krishnamacharya, he passed on his knowledge to generation of students around the world.
Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom, Spoken by Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to His intimate devotee Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self-realization. Indeed, no work even compares in its revelations of man's essential nature, his environment and, ultimately, his relationship with God, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (below), the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, represents an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters beginning with Lord Krsna Himself. Thus unlike other editions of the Gita his edition conveys Lord Krsna's profound message as it is - without the slightest taint of adulteration or personally motivated change.
This comprehensive text provides clear illustrations and step by step instructions, benefits and contra-indications to a wide range of hatha yoga practices, including the little-known shatkarmas (cleansing techniques). A guide to yogic physiology explains the location, qualities and role of the body's subtle energy system, composed of the pranas, nadis and chakras. Straightforward descriptions take the practitioner form the simplest to the most advanced practices of hatha yoga. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is an essential text for all yoga aspirants.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati founded the Bihar School of Yoga, India, in 1963. He interpreted the classical practices of yoga and tantra for application in modern society, inspiring an international yoga movement for the upliftment of humanity.
Light on Yoga
Yoga is an ancient India’s science, art and philosophy, which deals with the body mind emotions, intellect, ego and the I-consciousness. Its practice gives one a healthy body, mental clarity, emotional equanimity and a discriminative intelligence. The benefits of its practice are immeasurable and therefore people all over the world are taking to it irrespective of gender, age, geographical locations, religious beliefs or socioeconomic conditions.
The benefits can be reaped only when Yoga is practised with discipline, precision, alignment, sensitivity and internal awareness. Lights on Yoga, first written 50 years ago, still remains one of the most authoritative texts on yoga in the world as it explains its philosophy, practical instruction and the effects of its practice. The book is divided into three parts; the first introduces the philosophy of yoga, the second deals with the methodology to perform 200 yogasanas [along with 600 photographs] and there third deals with pranayama. The book ends with a detailed course structure of practice over years, along with guidelines on the curative asanas beneficial for various diseases.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Born in Kerala, south India in 1927, Swami Vishnudevananda entered the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh in the Himalayas as a young man. For twelve years he lived and worked there at the Divine Life Society, under the guidance of his master, Swami Sivananda.
A large part of Swami Vishnudevananda's training was directed towards developing his remarkable talents in the field of Hatha Yoga. He was appointed the first Professor of Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh.
At the same time, he continued his own practice, mastering many difficult and advanced Hatha Yoga techniques: asanas, pranayama, mudras, bandhas and kriyas. When asked how he perfected these ancient practices, which to a great extent had been lost to the modern world, Swamiji would say "My Master touched me and opened my intuitive eye. All this knowledge returned to me from past lives."
In 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda was sent to the West by his guru with the words, "people are waiting". Here he became world-renowned as an expert in Hatha and Raja Yoga. Swamiji founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, with headquarters in Val Morin, Quebec, Canada and centres and ashrams worldwide.
Swami Vishnudevananda was a tireless campaigner for world peace. He piloted his own plane to the trouble spots of the globe, earning him the nickname from the press of the "Flying Swam". He had indefatigable energy, which he attributed to his intensive Hatha Yoga practice.
The author of the long-time bestselling The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras, Swami Vishnudevananda is the inspiration behind The Sivananda Companion to Yoga, Yoga, Mind and Body, The Sivananda Companion to Mediation, The Yoga Cookbook and many other books.
Swami Vishnudevananda entered mahasamadhi on November 9, 1993. His body wasvonsigned to the Ganga (the river Ganges) in Uttarkashi, Himalayas. This is where Swamiji had spent much time early in his life doing intensive sadhna.
The work and teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda continue through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha is internationally recognized as one of the most systematic manuals of hatha yoga available. First published in 1969, it has been in print ever since. Translated into many languages, it is the main text of yoga teachers and students of BIHAR YOGA® - SATYANANDA YOGA® and numerous other traditions.
Anyone interested in the living tradition of yoga will find here an indelible portrait of a great teacher and an authentic account of the wisdom he conveyed.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) was a rare and remarkable soul who became legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Known affectionately as Guruji, Jois founded and ran a yoga school in Mysore, India, for more than sixty years. In Guruji, we follow his journey from a simple teacher of yoga in a Sanskrit college to a world-recognized authority and an inspiration to tens of thousands. We see how he trained students, many of whom have helped spread the daily practice of traditional ashtanga yoga around the world, and we discover how Jois's method of vinyasa, which he learned from the great yogi Sri T. Krishnamacharya, has deeply influenced other forms of yoga widely practiced today.
In Guruji, we come to understand how the intensely physical and elaborate asana-based ashtanga system he handed down is, in fact, a deeply spiritual discipline, and we learn by example about the challenges and rewards of integrating yogic practice into lived lives. Thought the words and recollection of students and closes relations who know Jois for more than half a century, we are given remarkable insight into the mind of a dedicated yogi, an astonishing wealth of knowledge about the path of yoga, and a documentary account of how one traditional school of yoga has spread around the world.