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Original Yoga

Rerdiscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
December, 2011
ISBN:
9781590308134
In stock now: 
1
$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Part history, part philosophy, part yoga instruction manual, Original Yoga clears up some of the confusion and misconceptions about the development of yoga, both traditional and modern. Richard Rosen draws from ancient yoga manuals, which combine philosophy with postures and meditations, to show how traditional practice compares with what we do today. He is an engaging, experienced guide who reveals the development of modern yoga through the centuries and shows how the ancient yogis did it.

Each section offers a guided practice session of ancient poses and breathing techniques to enable readers to connect to the roots of their yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the sequences they use in their regular sessions.

Yoga was born, nurtured, and cultivated in India, but it’s been passed along to the West like the baton in a relay race. For all intents and purposes, over the last six decades, we’ve refined the original foundation practice—asana—far beyond the wildest imaginings of the old yogis. But although we are asana adults, the rest of our practice is still in its infancy. So now it’s time to turn our attention to other matters, using the traditional practice as our model but shaping the practice to suit Western needs.

“As we navigate our way through the waters of modern yoga, it’s imperative that we understand its original intentions. Richard Rosen has dived deep into the old ways and come back up to lead us back to the source.” —Rodney Yee

Richard Rosen is a graduate of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and has been teaching yoga since 1987. He is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and director of and one of the principal teachers at the Piedmont Yoga Studio (cofounded by Rodney Yee), in Oakland, California. Many of Rosen’s practice instructions and technical teachings are posted on the Piedmont Yoga Studio website, www.piedmontyoga.com.

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