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Beyond Power Yoga - Beryl Bender Birch

Paperback Published: 4th January 2000
ISBN: 9780684855264
Number Of Pages: 276

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FROM SWEAT TO "SAMADHI: " The Path of ASTANGA YOGA

"Beyond Power Yoga" presents and explores the "complete" journey of the classical "astanga yoga" system, from power yoga to meditation and liberation. Bender Birch's first book, the groundbreaking "Power Yoga, " introduced one level of "astanga yoga" to mainstream America -- a high-heat, high-energy mind/body workout. Now, "Beyond Power Yoga" presents all eight levels, or limbs, of this ancient method -- a total practice for body and soul.

Drawing a parallel between "astanga yoga'"s eight limbs and the mind/body energy centers "(chakras)" of Eastern philosophy, Bender Birch shows us how we can balance and heal our body, focus and relax our mind, amplify and direct our energy "(prana), " and ultimately reclaim our spiritual connection to Universal Consciousness. Each chapter offers specific practices to help the reader uncover and experience the insights of the "astanga yoga" journey.

  • The YAMAS: Exploring the Fundamentals
  • The NIYAMAS: Doing the Work
  • ASANA: Practicing the Postures
  • PRANAYAMA: Breathing Mindfully
  • PRATYAHARA: Turning Inward
  • DHARANA: Developing Concentration
  • DHYANA: Experiencing Meditation
  • SAMADHI: Living Joyfully

    Presented in the down-to-earth illuminating style and inspiring voice of the author, illustrated with easy-to-follow photos, plus a special "wall" chart of the "asana" sequences, "Beyond Power Yoga" offers a short form of the dynamic mind/body power yoga method, then journeys through the deeper levels of spiritual practice.

  • The New York Times Yoga that mixes sweat with serenity.

    Preface
    Introduction
    The Journey to India
    Introduction
    The Awakening
    The Source of Our Support: Discovering the Fundamentals
    The Work: Yoga in Action
    The Workout: The Burning Power of Asana Practice
    Mindful Breathing: Connecting Body and Mind
    Beyond the Senses: Turning Inward
    Training the Mind: Learning Concentration
    The Path to Self: Experiencing Meditation
    The Leap into Liberation: Knowing BLISS
    Endnotes
    Bibliography
    Additional Recommended Reading
    Index
    Exercise Chart
    Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780684855264
    ISBN-10: 0684855267
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 276
    Published: 4th January 2000
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 20.32  x 1.91
    Weight (kg): 0.48
    Edition Number: 1