An excellent resource for professional bodyworkers, massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors. My favorite chiropractor has been practicin...moreAn excellent resource for professional bodyworkers, massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors. My favorite chiropractor has been practicing for twenty years, teaching at chiropractic college for 15. He recommended this book and says he still uses it frequently for reference.(less)
This is a wonderful resource for those interested in developing a personal Yoga practice with depth and meaning. in addition to practical and expert ad...moreThis is a wonderful resource for those interested in developing a personal Yoga practice with depth and meaning. in addition to practical and expert advice about the asanas(postures)of Hatha Yoga. This book gives the reader a rich insight into the Yoga tradition in terms that are amenable to the minds of modern readers. Additionally, this book is a loving tribute from a son T.V.K. Desikachar, to his father, a true Yoga Master of the old school, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya(1888 to 1989) who was a legendary yogi, scholar, and a healer. Though he "never crossed an ocean" as was befitting a true Brahmin, his yoga has spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Today, it is difficult to find an asana tradition he hasn’t influenced. Unless you could study with Patanjali himself, you could hardly find a truer Guru. Modernly the heart of Yoga is Krishnamacharya, his teachings are the central source of this knowledge and practice. One of the his discipline's great and important reformers, he led a dedicated and quiet life absorbed in continuously revising, refining and adapting ancient yoga practices to suit the changing times. As a direct descendent of the great 9th century South Indian yogi, Nathamuni, he brought profound insight and innovation into the way he taught yoga. One of the precepts unique to his teachings is this, "As there are no two identical beings,we must respect every individual’s requirements." Individualized practice as opposed to traditional standardized practice set him apart. According to Krishnamacharya, "For the learned in yoga, the focus is the breath and not the dharma." His teaching practices were always appropriately challenging, considering the age, condition, culture, and station in life of the individual student. The range and capacity of his teachings can easily be seen in the range of styles taught by his four most famous students: B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Indira Devi, and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar. The impressive diversity of styles and approaches that these disciples teach, despite the fact that they belonged to the same tradition and were taught by the same Master is amazing. Evidence that each was given an individualized education by their great, but humble master. He is the source from which arose many of the different schools of yoga which have literally taken the world by storm, namely Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Viniyoga Krishnamacharya divided yoga practice into three stages representing youth, middle and old age respectively. He focused first on strength, muscular power and flexibility; second on the practice to maintain good health and clear mind; and finally on going beyond the physical practice to focus on God, "Your Lord or mine, it does not matter, with a quiet mind, meditate with humility. The Lord, pleased, gives what you seek and happily will offer more." Bhavana (feeling) or the involvement of the heart in the meditative practice of pranayama was an important aspect for him "Regulate the breath, be happy, link the mind with the Lord in your Heart". In later years he also started to teach and incorporate Vedic Chanting both as a mode of worship as well as a method of pranayama. Despite his many innovations he never made any claim of authorship over what he taught, wrote or channeled. To honour his beloved father and teacher, T K V Desikachar founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, at Chennai in 1976. In the quest toward the wholeness, the union of mind, body and spirit that Yoga offers, this book is a useful tool and a wise companion. It is designed to help with the development of an individualized personal practice.
"Where is the conflict when the truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the breath is controlled? Therefore, surrender to Yoga". T. Krishnamacharya (less)
This series, "The Story of Civilization" by the brilliant and erudite Will Durant and his equally brilliant wife Ariel, is still one of the best serie...moreThis series, "The Story of Civilization" by the brilliant and erudite Will Durant and his equally brilliant wife Ariel, is still one of the best series on world history ever written despite it's age. It's multidisciplinary approach to understanding history and insightful and articulate execution represent a time piece of the best ideals of Twentieth Century thought and writing. It's rare to read historical works from this time period that do not overwhelmingly evidence the heavy hand of personal and political prejudices that were widely held in that day and age. This is the life work of a pair of great humanitarian thinkers. Always in the avant garde of their field, their work requires relatively little substantive correction compared to other contemporaries after more than 40 years of ongoing historical research have passed. Their objective and well researched insight into history lead them to present a storyline that is still meaningful for readers of history today. Regardless of the issue of perfect coincidence with present day perceptions of historical accuracy, this text would still be readable, and valuably so, for any student of history for it's insight into the human condition as evidenced in the changing fortunes of statesmen, peoples, and nations through history. This is history as narrative the way that few are fluent enough to tell it. The voices of the two authors merge seamlessly to emerge as one voice with a dry wit and clear eyed wisdom that serve to inform and delight the reader and sometimes even made me laugh out loud. A fascinating classic series for the history buff. You won't regret the time and effort required to read this long series. It will beautifully flesh out your historical knowledge base and it's a real page turner. It will feel as if you sat beside the fire with an endlessly wise and funny storyteller on many successive nights so that he could tell you the history of the world. here's a quote from an article by Will Durant that explains his ideas about history in his own words:
"History” said Henry Ford, “is bunk.” As one who has written history for twenty-five years, and studied it for forty-five, I should largely agree with the great engineer who put half the world on wheels. History as studied in schools – history as a dreary succession of dates and kings, of politics and wars, of the rise and fall of states – this kind of history is verily a weariness of the flesh, stale and flat and unprofitable. No wonder so few students in school are drawn to it; no wonder so few of us learn any lessons from the past.
But history as man’s rise from savagery to civilization – history as the record of the lasting contributions made to man’s knowledge, wisdom, arts, morals, manners, skills – history as a laboratory rich in a hundred thousand experiments in economics, religion, literature, science, and government – history as our roots and our illumination, as the road by which we came and the only light that can clarify the present and guide us into the future – that kind of history is not “bunk;” it is, as Napoleon said on St. Helena, “the only true philosophy and the only true psychology.” Other studies may tell us how man might behave, or how he should behave; history tells us how he has behaved for six thousand years. One who knows that record is in large measure protected in advance against the delusions and disillusionments of his time. He has learned the limitations of human nature, and bears with equanimity the faults of his neighbors and the imperfections of states. He shares hopefully in the reforming enterprises of his age and people; but his heart does not break, nor his faith in life fade out, when he perceives how modest are the results, and how persistently man remains what he has been for sixty centuries, perhaps for a thousand generations.
"We are choked with news, and starved of history". ~Will Durant