Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers

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Prajna Publishing, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 300 pages
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The word yoga, first recorded in approximately 4000 BCE, is Sanskrit for "union." Typically it signifies a uniting of body, mind, and spirit leading to deepening states of happiness and freedom. Vital Yoga: A Sourcebookfor Students and Teachers places this ancient practice in a uniquely modern-day context. Interwoven with discussions about the eight limbs of yoga as presented in the original literature, including the core principles, Sanskrit Devanagari, mantras, poses, breath work, and meditation, are recipes, a derivation of terms, compassionate communication guidelines, basic teaching principles, wisdom and photos of the great sages, and illuminating accounts by contemporary yogis. Throughout, readers are guided to connect to their inner selves, quiet the mind, and harness their power to achieve bliss and transcend fear, emotional turmoil, and attachment to the stresses of life.

This informative reference features a highly visual format, including a first-ever historical timeline of yogic philosophies, texts, and key figures. Introduced too is yoga therapy for every-thing from low back or knee pain to depression. Each chapter concludes with specific invitations to delve further into the heart of yoga. Designed to enrich any chosen style of practice, this book is ideal not only for yoga students and aspiring yoga teachers but also for healing arts practitioners and their patients, as well as anyone seeking to cultivate a vibrantly healthy body, mind, and spirit.

"An aesthetically beautiful book, but above all... a book permeated with explorative joy!"---Liz Lark London-based yoga teacher

"A book with plenty of heart and lots of information."---Nicolai Bachman, author of The Language of Yoga

"Vital Yoga supports yoga students on their search for inner freedom....with the lightness that only wisdom can give."---Rossella Baroncini Florence, Italy-based yoga teacher

"A gem! If a person could have only one book on yoga, Meta's would be the one!"---Barbara Luboff Santa Fe, New Mexico---based yoga teacher
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
APanoramicViewof HistoryandIdeas
19
Yogic Texts That Mark the Periods
30
Backbends
41
TheFoundationalTexts ofYoga
45
ACall toAction
60
Vibration As Tool
67
Horizontal
162
UpwardBowPoseUrdhva Danurasana
169
Shoulderstand PoseSalamba Sarvangasana
175
Seated Angle PoseUpavista Konasana
181
Yoga in Everyday Life
195
TheUpsideof Squatting
201
Yogic Food
207
TeachingYoga
215

Mantras forTransformation
74
On the
83
TheBandhas and Power
95
MeditationforBeautyandBliss
105
Asana PracticeAs Meditation
115
Just Enough Anatomy
121
Power from Core Strength
127
Classical Core Strength Poses
128
Sandbag Navasana Variations
134
Asana Poses
136
Hips Facing Front or Short End of the
141
Fierce PoseUtkatasana
147
PoseVirabhradrasana II
153
Warrior IIIPoseVirabhradrasana III
159
GeneralTeaching Principles
221
Mountain PoseTadasana
225
Supine Bound Angle PoseSupta Baddha Konasana
232
Seated ForwardFoldPosePascimottanasana
238
Designing a Class
245
YogaTherapyTrainingandYogaAsaProfession
251
Low Back Pain
256
Glossary of Sanskrit Wordsand Phrases
271
Setting Sankalpa Intention 120
277
StudentWaiverAgreement
281
Lying Twist Pose 258
283
Notes
287
Bibliography
295
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Meta Chaya Hirschl, originator of the YogaNow Teacher Training Apprentice Program, has studied yoga for decades and been teaching for ten years. Before opening her yoga studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she received a bachelor of science degree in Food Science, took a job as a brewing supervisor, then earned a master of business administration degree in Information Systems and worked as a computer systems consultant, technical software writer, and university lecturer.

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