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The Yoga Bible: The Definitive Guide to Yoga

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published May 29th 2003 by Walking Stick Press (first published 2002)
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Craig Shoemake
I wanted to give a nice little plug for this nice little asana book. I couldn’t resist buying when I found it in the local Harvard Coop–almost 200 asanas in a book that fits snugly in the hand. Dense (in terms of information per paragraph or bullet point), to the point, practical, and perfectly arranged so all you have to do is look, do the pose, check, turn the page and repeat. I’ve now made my yoga routine into THIS, just following it through and then starting over again.

The asanas are ordere
Linda Ng
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who's into yoga...
Best yoga book out there...Easy to follow and the pictures make it so much more interesting!
The bible for all yogi...
Annie Vu
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
I got it as a supplement to my power yoga class at the gym. It covers briefly yoga philosophy, history, breathing, bandha, and a large part is dedicated to poses, counter poses. There are many clear pictures and cover a lot of poses, the book is good size, square, smaller and condensed. Since it is a rather small book, not a lot are in depth and I have quickly grown out of it. Whilst I am sure that this book can be of some use, the only reason I would not recommend it is because it focuses too ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga-books
I love this book! The poses are provided with their Sanskrit names and a brief intro of the pose's benefit. Then a nice intruction follows, which is numbered, making it easy to remember. Pictures are well suited and aid the instruction. Finally, a little blue box with extra info tells about counter poses, build up poses, ways to lighten the pose, and effect of the pose. As a yoga teacher designing sequences, this is one of many books I've referred to so many times, the binding is falling apart! ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, it's a great beginner's guide that introduced me to Yoga basics, as well as the many styles of yoga and how best to structure a session.
I sometimes had to look up poses on Youtube to see how they were 'performed' but other than that, it was a really clear and helpful guide, and I'll definitely purchase my own copy when I can.
Sherise Goo
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This yoga book definitely contains adequate information about yoga. It includes 'preliminary practices' ie warm-up poses at the start of yoga session and also sufficient information about each yoga pose. It tells us the 'build-up' poses for each pose (poses we do before advancing into certain poses) which I find very helpful and also counter poses. Some basic information such as the effects and variations of each yoga pose are also provided. However, what I find lacking in this 'bible' is the cl ...more
Molly Mulligan
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative book with a nice forward and plenty of poses with detailed descriptions. The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is because I really would have preferred to have the different poses listed in the table of contents or in an index with links in the back. This might only be a problem because I'm using the ebook version on the kindle app on my computer, but as I live in French Polynesia I sadly can't order the print version. Other than that, highly recommended.
Elena Iulia
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book will definitely make you curious about the yoga practice. It will walk you through all the steps you need to take in order to be ready for the practice. After you had finished it, for sure yoga would be part of your good life. For me it was the beginning of a new, misterious and challenging journey.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant book for anyone looking to begin yoga.

It’s helpful and gives a lot of detail including where your gaze should be, what each position is best for and adjustments for position that may not be suitable for everyone.

Definitely worth the money!
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very comprehensive book about yoga. It gives a good overview to yoga philosophy, styles, asana, breath work, and meditation. It would be good for a beginner but I also found it beneficial to enhance my teaching and practice of seven years.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga
Excellent resource! Only complaint is the tight binding - a spiral would make this perfect.
Mélodie Herbas
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Livre qui explique bien les positions de Yoga mais j'aurais aimé quelques idées de comment combiner les exercices ensemble pour pouvoir pratiquer seule à la maison.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a book of yoga poses. It gives you info on each pose. So I was able to find out poses that work best for me.
Miranda Miller
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though I've read this book a million times, I retreat back to it daily! Great read and relaxation.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Not so much a book about yoga, more of a reference book of asanas, although there is a very brief section on how to set out a practice and others, equally as brief, that cover various types of yoga practice.....kundalini, hatha, bikram etc.....there are 400 pages, most of them devoted to asanas...a complete begin-er could gain lots of useful info however i wouldn't recommend for anyone that had never been to a class and had at least a couple of teacher led sessions. asanas are tagged with 'engli ...more
Nov 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
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I'm fussy about my yoga books. This one is mostly pictures of how to do the completed pose. I also found the description light on how to get into the pose. The book's strength is the number of poses included. Great breadth, not so great depth. The book provides some information on build-up poses and counter poses. Again, I like more of this type of info.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love this book of yoga postures. I finally bought my own copy instead of checking it out of the library. It gives basic and advanced forms. List complimentary postures and adaptations. This book would be a 5 if it was spiral bound.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not the sort of book you read cover to cover. Rather you peruse a few pages at a time or check up on something from your yoga class. It has simpler versions of poses and shows some poses you can dream of mastering. A great reference book with lots of easy to follow pictures.
Pipat Tanmontong
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because i wanted to practice yoga. This book is a great book of asana yoga. There are many poses include in its.
Every poses is written deep in detail. If you are looking for Yoga book, i recommend you Yoga Bible.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Easy to understand, easy to find what you are looking for. A must have for every Yogi!
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for beginning Yoga!! I read this book daily...
Jun 26, 2007 rated it liked it
I have read-looked at numerous yoga books, maybe including this one. So this is the closest I've got.
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Vannoy Fite
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about yoga and the different forms. This book outlines the various asanas, history and deeper meanings behind yoga.
Kimz Zahour
Jun 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga
A wonderful guide to many poses... conscice with pictures.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Very comprehensive record of yoga poses. Unfortunately I did not have time or stomach for all.
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great basic yoga pose resource.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
good guide with pictures---it would be nice to have a chart of poses instead of a book
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Informative and helpful, this book has came in handy for reference and guidance
Jehree Anderson
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lots of step by step yoga poses. very helpful! :)
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