The Complete Illustrated Book Of Yoga
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The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga is a bestselling 1960 book by Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. It is an introduction to Hatha yoga, describing the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It contributed to the incorporation of Surya Namaskar (salute to the sun) into yoga as exercise. While some of its subject matter is the traditional philosophy of yoga, its detailed photographs of Vishnudevananda performing the asanas is modern, helping to market the Sivananda yoga brand to a global audience.
The book was one of the first three reference works on asanas (yoga postures) in the development of yoga as exercise in the mid-20th century, the other two being Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich's 1941 Sport és Jóga (in Spanish: an English version appeared in 1953) and Theos Bernard's 1944 Hatha Yoga: The Report of a Personal Experience. Its author, Vishnudevananda, was a student of Sivananda's and the founder of Sivananda Yoga. During the 1965 filming of Help! in the Bahamas, the Beatles met Vishnudevananda, who gave each of the four of them a signed copy of the book.
The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga first introduces the philosophy of yoga.[CIBY 1] It then covers the three bodies of man, divided into the koshas (sheaths),[CIBY 2] and describes and illustrates the shatkarmas (purifications of the body).[CIBY 3] It describes the differences between the exercises of hatha yoga and physical exercise, explaining how yogic exercises can in Vishnudevananda's view \"conquer\" old age; this chapter describes over 100 asanas (yoga postures) with 136 large monochrome photographs, all of Vishnudevananda, each image occupying most of a page.[CIBY 4] It then describes relaxation in Shavasana, corpse pose.[CIBY 5] A chapter covers the sattvic diet.[CIBY 6] Pranayama (yoga breathing) is described as one of the eight limbs of classical yoga.[CIBY 7] The book ends with accounts of the astral body,[CIBY 8] the absolute,[CIBY 9] the self as being, knowledge, and bliss (satchitananda),[CIBY 10] and finally the conquest of death.[CIBY 11]
The Mahavidya website of scholarly resources on Hinduism notes that the book states (on page x) that yoga \"balances, harmonizes, purifies, and strengthens the Body, Mind, and Soul of the practitioner\", through what Vishnudevananda considered the five basic principles of yoga, namely proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation (on page xi).
The book is illustrated with 146 large monochrome photographs of Vishnudevananda performing the shatkarmas and the asanas; a frontispiece shows him meditating in Padmasana (lotus position). The book contains also five full-page \"charts\", line drawings of the body and the subtle body with its chakras. An appendix provides six tables of training schedules.
The yoga scholar-practitioner Norman Sjoman notes in his analysis of modern yoga that the asanas of B. K. S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga were already published in The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga \"with different names\". Sjoman comments that Vishnudevananda was a student of Sivananda, \"a Dravidian belonging to the Diksitar family, the traditional custodians of the Cidambaram temple\", and suggests that the book must have been describing those inherited traditions. Sjoman analyses the origins of the asanas in the book, comparing them to Iyengar's and to those of the Sritattvanidhi of the Mysore Palace.
The historian of modern yoga Andrea Jain writes in her 2015 book Selling Yoga that Vishnudevananda and other students of Sivananda were among the first to build yoga brands and to mass-market these to a global audience, effectively tying yoga to methods for achieving physical fitness.
The historian of modern yoga Elliott Goldberg writes that the book \"proclaimed in print\" a \"new utilitarian conception of Surya Namaskar\" (the salute to the sun) which Sivananda had originally promoted as a health cure through sunlight. Goldberg notes that Vishnudevananda modelled the positions of Surya Namaskar for photographs in the book, and that he recognised the sequence \"for what it mainly is: not treatment for a host of diseases but fitness exercise.\"
This volume has taught generations of Americans to experience the tremendous benefits of yoga for the body, mind and spirit. Swami Vishnu-devananda not only demonstrates all the fundamental and many advanced yoga postures in 146 black and white photos, but he clearly explains many esoteric concepts to provide access to spiritual wisdom that is usually available only through direct association with a master teacher. The book includes Chapters on the philosophy and aim of yoga, yogic purification techniques, ways to stay youthful and energetic through the practice of yoga, following a natural diet, and breathing and meditation exercises to calm the mind and strengthen the spirit. Highlights include a series of training tables for all levels of yoga practitioner and detailed explanations of and digrams related to kundalini energy and the chakras. This is a book that all levels of practitioner can benefit from and can serve as a valuable resource at all stages of your yoga development. Swami Vishnu-devananda is one of the foremost authorities on Hatha and Raja yoga. A disciple of Swami Sivananda, he founded the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers International, which has established ashrams and yoga centers throughout the US and the world.
\"All the essential knowledge of the mental science of Yoga is contained in this complete illustrated handbook: asanas (postures), breathing exercises, concentration, meditation, diet and philosophy.Swami Vishnudevananda, outstanding and accredited world authority and teacher of Hatha and Raja Yoga, explains and instructs, in the most clear and direct language of words and pictures, the means to the conquest of old age, disease and death through the development and understanding of timeless Yogic wisdom.\"
Considered the world's foremost authority on the ancient science of hatha yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda clearly explains even the most esoteric concepts of yogic discipline to make this book the most widely respected handbook for the study and practice of yoga. Illustrated.
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