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Around the world increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide B.K.S. Iyengar. the world's leading teacher of yoga shares his unique holistic approach. For Iyengar yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body mind and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability age and physical condition there are detailed instructions for beginners intermediates and advanced students. Clearly illustrated step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana or posture correctly while a unique 360-dgree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S Iyengar's innovative use of props enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition there is a 20-week yoga course personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar which progresses from simple to more challenging postures.
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B.K.S. Iyengar was born in India in 1918 and has been teaching yoga for 60 years. Today there are 180 Iyengar Yoga Institutes in 40 countries. Internationally recognized as a leading authority on hatha yoga, B.K.S. has established its relevance to the treatment and cure of many illnesses and stress-related conditions. Iyengar has received many prestigous awards, including Doctor of Science from the United Nations Charter of Peace, Man of the Year in Yoga Education from the American Biographical Institute and the Purna Swasthya Award from the World Federation of Societies of Holistic Medicine. At the age of 90, Iyengar still practices yoga, as well as travelling the world teaching and lecturing. This bestselling title B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: Path to Holistic Health has been translated into 18 languages and he is the author of 15 other books.
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