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Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness

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The author of Yoga Journal's most-read column presents the first holistic guide to yoga

A user-friendly guide illustrated with 240 two-color photographs and illustrations, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit sets forth the tenets of this gentle yet rigorous exercise as no other book has. Integrating the teachings of every tradition, internationally renowned yoga instructor Donna F
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Holt Paperbacks (first published May 1st 2000)
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Victoria Klein
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything & nothing like I expected. Chosen as the 1st of 10 books to read for a Yoga Teacher Training program, I expected it to have a wonderful amount of detail on Yoga's physical practice & a healthy dose of the other (rarely covered in the West) aspects of Yoga.

The book certainly delivered on that, but it also took me by surprise as to the LEVEL of detail - a level that is certainly required of any book for to-be Yoga teachers, but I believe that this book could be un
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite yoga book.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A respected teacher and author, but I'm sad to say that I couldn't finish any of her books. Every other page was an explorative exercise, and all of them were at the remedial level. I'll do my self-discovery on the mat, thanks. When I read a textbook, I expect to get solid information. There is good information in this book, and the others of hers that I read, but honestly if you took out the fluff, this would be a short book. I will say this: it would be good if you have NO background in yoga, ...more
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a yoga student desires more information about yoga, this is THE first book I recommend. It's an excellent general introduction to the subject, including lovely insight into the yamas and niyamas and a number of sequences designed for certain physical, structural and energetic results. There are photos, drawings and diagrams that explain everything from alignment in certain asanas to how the energetics of the neuroendocrine system is arranged. This was the first yoga book I bought, way back ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: Martine
Shelves: health
This book has a lot to offer but I read the physiology and breathing sections with the most interest. The illustrations are helpful as are the observation exercises. I borrowed this from the library but it would be useful to have at home as a reference book because of the amount of useful information.
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I practice yoga daily. What I like about this book is that it gives a fairly good overview of what of your body is engaged in yoga practice. It's not just about the asanas; it's about what's internally going on with the body when practicing yoga and gives great tips on how to embrace not force the asanas. Plain English too, no jargon.
Ms Piot
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite book on yoga for health and wellness. Wonderful visual representations of complex concepts, wonderful explanations of the subtle body's workings, and how yoga can be used to maintain and balance these energies.
Excellent. Beautifully written, extremely user-friendly, simplistic and yet deep at the same time. Right now definitely the book I recommend to yoga newbies who wants a little philosophy and lots of practical information.
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in studying yoga
This book is comprehensive and easy to follow. It was my primer during my studies to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. Donna is an inspirational teacher (I took a workshop with her)and she is very down to earth...I only wish she came to the states more often.
Zahrah Awaleh
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a read of certain chapters, and not only does it provide instructions on how to do asanas, but groups them together into families, and explains the physical, emotional, and spiritual side of them without being too heavy. I'll buy this asap.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there is a large part of the text the references the use of Adana along with detailed. descriptions and drawing
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good basic yoga practice guide. Lots of theory along with the actual poses.
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic yoga reference full of essential poses for all levels. I only wish it contained an index!
Kate Lumsden
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very useful and so well structured. helped me redefine the way i teach inversions
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
Admittedly, I wasn't a fan of the writing style, but it was chock full of useful information.
Cimen Ekici
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for anyone who is seriously interested in cultivating a consistent personal yoga practice.
I own this book. I love the body awareness/movement sections of the book.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the main text for my Yoga Teacher Training program, so I've been working with it since October. More to go, but the book is fantastic.
Apr 26, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this book!
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
Condescending at times, tremendously insightful at others. A good book for the beginning yogi.
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