A Light From Within Yoga Workbook
A Light From Within is the modern-day, must-have, mat-side yoga reference. It is a masterful combination of yogic wisdom, body mechanics knowhow, and spiritual guidance into this 342-page expert workbook and journal manual. It’s interior is beautifully integrated and engages everyone on many different levels. In this workbook you will find yoga poses, affirmations, haikus, mudras and philosophy and much more. Organized by seasons of the year, the book is filled with copy, charts, removable cards, and illustrative graphics that enmesh yoga’s physical, mental, spiritual, scientific and emotional aspects, including: • stories and explanations of yogic principles & poses • mudras for meditation • affirmations • haiku • chakras and energetic meridians • journaling and workbook opportunities • Blog support which emulates the books format so that you can work with others from around the world. Amazing in its depth and accessibility! It brings together so many activities, options, layers of self-enrichment in a beautifully illustrated, coherent and thought-provoking way. Both on and off the yoga mat, gurus, students, teachers, and novices can elevate their yoga practice far beyond down dog. At its surface, A Light From Within provides step-by-step instructions for each of 52 yoga poses, with detail on alignment and form, breathing and benefits, precautions, and modifications for each. Then in its countless tips and activities, the book adds personal meaning to every practice: “Pearls of Wisdom” provide historical, anatomical, and inspirational stories, including words by which to meditate. Adjoining space for continued journaling moves the experience from physical to emotional. Ambitious readers can keep the book bedside to reflect on their experiences weekly, record their reactions, and gauge their emotions. They create a Soul Symbol, resolve inner conflict, and complete a Chart of Emotions to experience newfound creativity and discover their personal relationship with the world. As yoga becomes the exercise of choice for America’s aging population, A Light From Within offers a holistic approach. Whether a basic yoga resource or a self-actualization tool, this revolutionary volume is a must in yoga libraries, as it guides the way to higher forms of movement, inner harmony, balance and wellness. Chapter 1 contains the foreword, a preface and the introduction to the workbook. It also includes the thumbnail summaries, personal affirmations, workbook questions, journal entries, haikus, asana (poses) and mudra. Chapter 2 contains 102 workbook questions including the self-reported emotions chart. Chapter 3 “The subtle components of your yoga practice” helps you to integrate some of the more sublime principles and practices of yoga work. It is here where you will learn about “homunculus” as it relates to the nervous system, “yoga mudra”, chakras”, “symbol of your soul”, creating resolve, unsaid things and finally, a one year from now letter to yourself. Chapter 4 describes the different classifications of yoga poses (asana) and a comprehensive section on how to approach your physical practice, including a warm-up guide. Chapter 5, the very last part of the book deals with the most common fifty-two (52) yoga poses. The detailed instructions and pictures are more than enough for the beginner and/or adept practitioner alike. It is here that you will find detailed instructions on how to properly enter, hold and release all 52 yoga poses. Opposite to the detailed instructions are anatomical yoga related renderings of the human body. A section called the "Pearls of Wisdom" has a whimsical tone where you will find miscellaneous information related to yoga and, as well, the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Chapter 6 has the appendix and other supplementary pages such as the Personal Emotions Index Map, a preprinted deck of 52 cards—All ready to be cut-out by hand. The very end of the book is followed by a Sanskrit/English glossary.
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