The Spirit of Yoga|
by Kathy Phillips (Author), Christy Turlington (Author)
Yoga is thousands of years old, but because of its current popularity, some
people wrongly dismiss it as just another exercise fad made fashionable by
celebrities. In fact, as author Kathy Phillips demonstrates in this large,
beautifully illustrated book, yoga is a gentle but powerful means of achieving
strength, flexibility, serenity, and a healthy balance between body and mind.
Originating on the Indian subcontinent at the dawn of civilization, yoga is now
accepted worldwide as an effective way to deal with physical and emotional
stress. The Spirit of Yoga is a sensible introduction for beginners, and a
source of inspiration for current practitioners who would like to learn more. It
explains differences among the various yoga disciplines, enabling readers to
make a considered choice that best fits their needs. The author uses her
experience as a yoga teacher to describe exercises and postures—also shown in
color photos—that can promote physical health and body flexibility while
inducing emotional tranquility. Yoga positions are suggested as effective
remedies for physical ailments and for discomforts produced by everyday stress.
The author's witty approach to her subject demystifies today's yoga hype while
offering readers sound guidance and emphasizing the entirely real benefits they
can derive from this honorable discipline. The book's foreword is by the
international fashion model Christy Turlington. Hundreds of color photos and
Back Cover Copy
What is this thing called yoga? Is it just another celebrity exercise system?
Another New Age fad? A religion? A kind of diet? What are the differences
between yoga's various disciplines? What motivates people to practice it in this
so-called secular age? These are some of the questions addressed in The Spirit of Yoga.
Yoga is as old as civilization and has been practiced for thousands of years as
a gentle but powerful means of achieving strength, flexibility, stillness, and
balance in body and mind. Though it originated on the subcontinent of India
thousands of years ago, more and more people in the West are turning to yoga as
a way of dealing with the stresses and strains of modern living.
The Spirit of Yoga is a beautiful, thorough, and distinctive introduction to
yoga for interested readers who don't know much about it. This book will also
inspire those who have already made yoga a part of their lives and would like to
know more. Author Kathy Phillips explains the differences between Ashtanga Yoga,
Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. You can then go on to
choose among the various disciplines and find the one that best fits your lifestyle.
Kathy Phillips is a recognized authority on yoga. She also serves as a witty
commentator, examining and demystifying today's yoga culture, and exploring ways
in which yoga can be applied appropriately to life as we live it in the West.
Combining her experiences as a trained yoga teacher and as Health and Beauty
Director of British Vogue, she will guide you through the complete contemporary
discipline—and industry—that yoga has become. Stylish and beautiful photography
illustrates the principles of asana practice, pranayama, and meditation. The
Spirit of Yoga then traces the roots of yoga, citing ancient scriptures and
featuring extraordinary photographs of temple carvings and mandalas. In summary,
The Spirit of Yoga disentangles the substance of yoga from the hype. --This text
refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Barron''s Educational Series (December 28, 2007)