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Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness

by Donna Farhi (Author)

Editorial Reviews
As the physical practice of yoga has become popular in the West, many of the
spiritual aspects have been lost. There is much more to yoga than reducing
stress, increasing flexibility, looking great, and remaining youthful. Yoga is
an ancient, integrated system designed to educate and unite body, mind, and
spirit and teach the practitioner how to be present both on and off the mat.
In Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness, Donna Farhi, Yoga Journal
columnist, author of The Breathing Book, and internationally recognized yoga
teacher, shows yoga students of all levels and traditions how to use yoga as
spiritual practice and a vehicle to connect body and mind.

Most of Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit is devoted to the asanas (yoga postures) and
the practices of breathing and meditation. More than 240 photographs and line
drawings show how to do the various poses and exercises. Postures are
accompanied by benefits and effects, cautions, tips, and prenatal suggestions.
Numerous inquiries are spread through the text to help the reader explore the
body-mind-spirit connection. Farhi also explains what yoga is, summarizes the
living principles (wise characteristics and codes for living soulfully),
discusses the seven moving principles of yoga, and explores the body's organ
systems. If you are ready to take your yoga practice to the next level, Yoga
Mind, Body & Spirit is an excellent guide to help you connect with everything
yoga has to offer.

From Library Journal
At first glance, this book's photos and illustrations, which are just as
important as the text in an exercise book, seem dated and bland. But a reading
of the text and a closer examination of the illustrations reveal that what makes
this yoga text different and worthwhile is the author's commitment to tying
yoga's spiritual aspects to its physical components. Farhi (The Breathing Book)
discusses the "Ten Living Principles," or the yamas ("wise characteristics") and
the niyamas ("codes for living soulfully"), and also considers the importance of
the asanas ("postures") in grounding spirituality in the body. However, Farhi
does far more than provide descriptions and illustrations of postures. At the
beginning of each new section, she has readers move through one or two core
poses. She then asks them to focus on the way they feel physically while
performing the pose. Using these core poses, she moves on to postures of greater
complexity while allowing for different levels of ability. One possible problem
for beginners is her use of posture names to describe poses that involve
movement from one posture to the next (e.g., the sun salutation or the downward
dog). Recommended for public libraries as well as academic libraries where yoga
is a part of the curriculum, this may also be a worthwhile purchase for hospital
or health sciences libraries.

Product Details

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805059709



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