June 2015 By Sharmila Bhonsale Review of Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide,By Georg and Brenda,Feuerstein, INR199; 144 pages For anyone who wants to start on the path and practice of yoga, or who approaches yoga as another form of fitness, Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide is a revelation. Written by two highly respected yoga teachers and scholars of the West, this book introduces and delves into the concept and practice of yoga – but in a way that makes the science and philosophy of this ancient practice very relatable, contemporary and practical. The first half of the book is devoted to explaining the principles of yoga, its different forms, and its essence. It reiterates the fact that yoga is a way of life, not just a lifestyle; it is a complete way to be, not just a fitness regimen. The benefits of yoga not only accrue to physical health, but also to mental well-being and spiritual progress. Self-knowledge is key. The authors point out that with a dedicated practice of yoga, one experiences fulfilling changes in the mind, which leads to heightened awareness – a necessary springboard to wisdom and evolution. In the second half of the book, the authors answer 30 widely asked questions, ranging from how to accommodate yoga into a busy life, how you can be regular with meditation practice, or how to identify a good yoga teacher. This part of the book is relevant and precise, offering authoritative solutions which can be easily applied. In the end, there is a helpful index, which cites resources that the readers can go to next, to deepen and strengthen their interest in yoga. Also an essential Sanskrit glossary decoding yoga terminology. If you want to get started on yoga, and enjoy its true benefits, this is the book that will get you started on a journey that could well be life transforming.
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