Review: The New Book of Yoga by the Sivananda Yoga Centre
Having sold over 800,000 copies worldwide, ‘The New Book of Yoga,’ also published as ‘The Sivananda Companion to Yoga,’ is a complete step-by-step guide to the practice of Sivananda Yoga. Compiled by the Sivananda Yoga Center, this classic must-have has been updated in 2000 and provides easy-to-understand information for yogis in all stages of practice and of life.
“I would like to tell you all that Yoga is not a theory but a practical way of life. If you have never tasted honey, no matter how often I tell you that honey is good for you, you won’t understand until you try it. Put Yoga into practice and you will see the benefit for yourself. This book will help you to get started, and serve as a companion and inspiration along the way.”
— Swami Vishnudevananda
The entire book is delightfully peppered with enlightening quotes by Swami Vishnudevananda and beautiful excerpts from Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. Short lessons on hinduism and literature make the connection between the practice of yoga in the modern world and deeper subjects such as physiology, religion, myth and history. In addition, detailed and practical illustrations, informative diagrams and full colour photographs impart precise instructions on the correct way to perform asanas, breathing techniques and various other yogic practices.
What would appeal to every yogi is that the book is written for beginners, experts and all levels in between. It not only offers easy-to-follow practice charts for different courses and levels, but also breaks down each asana and breathing technique into their essential components through instructional diagrams and references to its place in religion, history and mythology.
The following subjects are covered in detail:
- The Philosophy of Classical Hatha Yoga
- Swami Vishnudevananda’s Five Points of Yoga
- The Sun Salutation
- The Principles of Meditation
- The 12 Basic Postures (including an entire section devoted to variations and cycles)
- Pranayama (Anuloma Viloma, Kapalabhati and other breathing exercises)
- Food and Diet
- The Anatomy of Yoga
- Yoga during Pregnancy
- Yoga for Children
- Yoga for Seniors
In conclusion, this is a classic definitive guide that should be on the bookshelf of every practitioner and enthusiast of yoga. It serves as a handy manual for instructors, a useful reference for the study of yoga and meditation, a veritable testament to ancient philosophies, and a bible for yogis of all ages, stages and abilities.
The Sivananda Companion to Yoga
Price: US$ 21.56 | CAD$ 29.36
Author: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Year of Publication: 2000