Yoga, The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice
by David Swenson
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263 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.97 x 9.92 x 9.60 Publisher: Ashtanga
Yoga Productions; (September 1, 1999) ISBN: 1891252089
Customer Review: Number of Reviews: 40
is the most user-friendly yoga book available! It contins the entire Primary and
Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga with three options for every asana. It is
spiral bound to easily remain open while practicing. It contains over 650 photos
with clear instructions and commentary. It is a great book for all levels of practitioners
to enjoy and teachers will find it to be an invaluable tool for teaching their
Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice Reviewer: Kristen Collins from Maine
Yes it really is that good, January 2, 2004 Reviewer: James White Jr. (see
more about me) from Oak Park, IL United States I recently started practicing
The Primary Series, and although there are some really good books out there (Julie
Pegram, Berly Bender Birch, Richard Freeman, etc.) I must say this is the best.
This book gives a lot of what alot of the other books give (History, Sanskrit
Terminology, The entire Primary Series, some or all of the Intermediate Series,
modifications to postures, etc.), but this book goes a little beyond. A prime
example of this concept is the abbreviated workouts (aka "Short Forms").
The Short Forms range from 15-45 minutes. I can speak from personal experience
on how well even a 15 minute Short Form can improve your overall wellness. In
addition David Swenson's breaking down of how to properly perform a half vinyasa
(the Up Dog, Down Dog, jump through after every seated posture) is unparalled,
a very detailed step-by-step analysis that makes this impossible display of dexterity
seem attainable. Any person with at least a base understanding of Ashtanga Yoga,
or Yoga in general, could benefit from this book. In fact, anybody interested
in developing an at home practice could benefit from what this book has to offer.
What else can I say, this book is really that good.
Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice Very user-friendly - particularly useful for beginners, October 27, 2003
Reviewer: Robin Catto from London UK The great thing about David Swenson's
book is that it is true to the pure form of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, allowing for
certain points of style. Most books go for the "power yoga" option,
which is really more of a spin-off from Astanga Vinyasa, and this can lead to
discrepancies and omissions in the form and series of postures. David is also
very tolerant in his approach which I think works well for beginners (up to a
point) since this is a very demanding practice and it would be easy to be put
off. As long as it is understood that the book is not a substitute for a teacher,
this shouldn't be a problem. Alternatives are provided in all situations where
a practitioner might have difficulty. As well as the physical practice there is
a lot of very informative background information which helps to put the whole
practice of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga into context. And of course the spiral binding
means the book can lie open which makes it easy to use during practice. An excellent
book which I would recommend very highly.
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video (30 minutes).
August 24, 2001 Reviewer: Neal from Pittsburgh, PA United States
This Living Arts Yoga Kit is great! You get everything you need to get started
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Definitive Resource For Yoga Students, November 28, 2001 Reviewer: from
Hillsboro, OR United States
This is an amazing book -- and not just for seasoned yoga students! It features
thousands of photographs of each core pose (including a 360-degree view) making
it easy to learn the various postures. It also serves as a guide to understanding
how yoga affects the body, mind, and spirit.
DK (Doris Kindersley) books just get better and better. Buy this book -- it is
definitely money well spent!
complete yoga resource, May 3, 2001 Reviewer: from Marlton, NJ, USA
This book is an excellent and thorough source of information about yoga. Yoga
is not just about the physical movement of the body. It is a lifestyle that betters
the mind. It also allows practitioners to deal with physical and emotional stresses.
include Philosophy of Yoga, Asanas for You, Yoga for Stress, Yoga for Ailments.
The excellent illustrations guide you step by step on how to practice the routines.
The 20 week Yoga Course at the end of the book outlines exactly which asanas to
do, starting with simple ones and adding the more complex. I loved the Yoga for
Ailments chapter because it went through common ailments (osteoarthritis, insomnia,
PMS, asthma etc...) and (through illustrations) outlined each asana to follow.
Zone: Music for Yoga Practice
Yoga Zone (Windham Hill Series), Various Artists - Miscellaneous - Exercise/Meditation
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Audio CD (September 15, 1998) Original Release Date: September 15, 1998 Number of Discs: 1 Bmg/Windham
Hill; ASIN: B000009S4M Amazon.com Sales Rank: 690 Average Customer Review:
Reviews Amazon.com This mostly acoustic compilation of 13 cuts by such Windham Hill artists
Ackerman and Michael Hedges mesh well for a soothing, even-paced (although sometimes
a bit busy) musical experience that's excellent as accompaniment to a yoga routine.
With a slow, steady rhythm, "The White Spirit" from French duo Uman unfolds the
collection splendidly, transporting the listener to an exotic, rhythmic place
perfect for focusing the mind and stretching the body. Other standouts include
"Bridges" from Celtic-folk artists Nightnoise, featuring a lyrical acoustic guitar
and plaintive violin; Philip Aaberg's poetic "Crying Smile"; and Patrick O'Hearn's
electronic "87 Dreams of a Lifetime," whose cadences are just spirited enough
to keep your body moving while still laid-back in delivery and meter. Yoga
Zone is a solid collection whose only weakness lies in its demand to be listened
to rather than used to underscore physical movement. --Karen Karleski
music at the right tempo for practice., February 1, 2000 Reviewer: A
music fan from New York City The music is exactly what it claims to be
-- good music for the practice of yoga. I've been working out with it regularly
for about a month, and I find that the music helps me focus on the exercise without
being as distracted by what's going on in my apartment. The music can be described
as "new age" and somewhat "digital". It is not music I would normally listen to,
and I think I might find it annoying as background music at a party or if I were
reading a book. But it is, in fact, great music to listen to when doing a yoga
Dossey MD, Author of Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words; Executive Editor,
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Strassman raises vital questions
about the origin of spiritual experiences and the nature of consciousness
Jansen, M.D., Ph.D. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest
in the mind, philosophy, the nature of reality, and spirituality.
Description A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT, one
of the most powerful psychedelics known. * A behind-the-scenes look at the
cutting edge of psychedelic research. * Provides a unique scientific explanation
for the phenomenon of alien abduction experiences.
From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman conducted DEA-approved clinical research
at the University of New Mexico in which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT,
one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions
is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the
therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical that is also
manufactured by the human brain, consistently produced out-of-body, near-death,
and mystical experiences. Many volunteers reported convincing encounters with
intelligent nonhuman presences: angels, aliens, spirits. Nearly all agreed that
the sessions were among the most intense experiences of their lives.
research connects dmt with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site
of the sixth chakra and by Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The
Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal
gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral
part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation
and even sexual transcendence. Strassman also believes that alien abduction experiences
are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, dmt could trigger
a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical
regions of the human mind and soul.
the Author Rick Strassman, M.D., was a professor at the University
of New Mexico School of Medicine for ten years. He now lives and works in Taos,
Bold Study of Chemicals and Consciousness, March 25, 2001 Reviewer: A
reader from your Inner Self Dr. Strassman describes his research with
dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a very powerful psychedelic drug that can produce very
profound experiences that go beyond the explanations of our current scientific
model. In this bold treatise he explains how this simple chemical induces mystical
states that were previously reserved for religion and the occult. Not since Robert
Monroe and his Institute's "Hemi-Sync" sound technology have I seen such potential
to facilitate such events.
was relieved to read that this Doctor of Psychiatry didn't reduce these extraordinary
experiences of the volunteers down to creative imaginations, and I was impressed
with his mature methods of studying a psychedelic drug. This isn't Timothy Leary
tuning us in so that we can drop out. This is a scientist who is sincerely searching
for something that can enhance our lives in areas such as creativity, therapy,
Strassman has a good grasp of our culture's perceptions about drugs and he not
only discards the militaristic attitude against drug use, but also the naive acceptance
that they are always beneficial. His clear insights allow this book to have a
wide appeal to a mature audience. Hopefully, as he states, this research will
at least be the start of more open discussions of practical applications of psychedelics.
June 18, 2001 Reviewer: A reader from Austin I recieved
my copy two days ago and finished the book an hour ago. Dr. Strassman's book is
well written and thoughtful I could hardly put the book down and when I did I
had to go to work and sleep. Dr. Strassman proposes that DMT gives us an insight
into a reality that may or may not exist. I have trouble excepting the fact that
there may be a parellel universe. It is easier for me to believe that DMT helps
us cope with the stresses of dying or any other stressful situation that would
cause the release of DMT.
the lid off the coffin of human psychedelic research, March 25, 2001
Reviewer: Cathie Leavitt from Nevada City, CA United States
Detailed, very accessible description of Strassman's studies of the effects of
intravenously administered DMT in human volunteers in a clinical setting. He describes
his research protocols, his struggle to obtain government approval, and the volunteers'
reports of their DMT experiences, with clarity and compassion. The book raises
questions about the nature and purpose of mystical experiences, the similarity
between externally induced experiences of death and rebirth, alien contact, and
spiritual enlightenment and naturally occurring experiences, and the role of DMT
(which occurs naturally in the body) in these types of experiences. Strassman
discusses the limitations of the biomedical model in understanding these experiences,
as well as the risks and benefits of using DMT as a research tool. Open-minded
scientists, those on a spiritual path, therapists, and dedicated "psychonauts"
will find much to ponder in this book. It enlarges the scope of rational discussion
about psychedelics, and goes a long way toward dispelling the fear, ignorance,
and stigma that have hampered psychedelic research for the last 30 years. The
addition of an index would have been helpful, but other than that this book exceeded
my expectations and deepened my sense of wonder about the nature of consciousness
and the spirit.
AND A CALL FOR UNITY, November 15, 2001 Reviewer: Sylvia P.
I have been lucky to read Ketamine: Dreams and Realities. It opens a Pandora's
box of ancient forms of knowledge where science and experience where one. It is
a fundamental call to overcome the split, for UNITY. I would like to see Dr.Karl
Jansen awarded a prize for this book, as he is one of the few living persons who
has written anything original and understandable to almost everyone about psychedelic
drugs and the possibility to access other states (levels) of awarness by means
of these powerful tools. He is not only using the intelligent language of science
but also the one of living human experience.This book is not only about ketamine
but it is about Everything...Read it!
Poetic Teacher, July 8, 2001 Reviewer: Loretta Brooks from South
San Francisco, CA United States A Course in Miracles says, "It would indeed
be strange if you were asked to go beyond all the symbols of the world, forgetting
them forever, yet were asked to take a teaching function...then step back to darkness,
not because you think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality."..This author,
Karl Jansen, knows not only the symbols of the world of experience on this subject,
but has gone beyond them sufficiently to be a teacher of not the positive but
negative aspects of this strong and effective yet by most comparisons benign medicinal
drug. In his clear imparting of such a rare tale, taking on this subject in all
its dimensions which had previously been mostly distorted and maligned by the
media, Dr. Jansen's underlying wit, humor and gentleness shines clearly throughout
its well- written and easy to read pages. Although I found all the book interesting,
he has devoted one chapter to the means one might employ if letting go of the
use of drugs of any kind. Although I had heard most all this information presented
before, I found this chapter particularly helpful in terms of general mental and
physical health. Though this is a technical subject matter, I found this to be
an easy to read yet complete work on what in terms of experience could be considered
to be a somewhat obscure and multidimensional subject, a must-read for anyone
who is in any way familiar with it.
unparalleled work on Ketamine, May 17, 2001 Reviewer: einarwelby from
Gainesville, FL United States Dr. Jansen is undoubtedly the world's leading
authority on Ketamine, its history, applications, benefits, and risks. Ketamine:
Dreams and Realities contains over 300 pages of invaluable information on this
remarkable substance deemed both an anesthetic and psychedelic. It addresses everything
you've wondered about this amazing chemical from physiologic descriptions to existential
inference. His objective accounts are thorough and insightful as well as extremely
logical and convincing. There are literally hundreds of references that are well
worth the cost of the book alone, not to mention all of the valuable information
contained within. His style entrances you like a powerful book should, and takes
you on an intuitive and multisided journey through the history, use, misuse, and
future of the drug. Unique and rare information is included to both support his
assertions and entertain the reader. Most notably he relates the effects of Ketamine
to the near-death/near-birth experience, the quantum mind, and the metaphorical
mental modem. Having coined the term "Quantum Psychiatry" Dr. Jansen explains
how the Newtonian model of the universe is being reassessed in light of the evolving
understanding of modern and quantum physics. Never before have I read such a comprehensible
and clearly written work on this topic. I strongly recommend this book to both
the professional and layperson wanting to know specifically about this amazing
psychedelic or the nature of our existence. It is extremely well written and thoroughly
documented. Having donated 100% of the profits from the sale of this book to ketamine
psychotherapy research Dr. Jansen demonstrates his passion for his work and undoubtedly
will go down in history amongst such spiritual pioneers such as Aldus Huxley,
Stanislav Grof, and Albert Hoffman to name a few.
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