Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class (2nd Edition) by Bonnie Jones Reynolds, Bikram Choudhury

By Bonnie Jones Reynolds, Bikram Choudhury

Sweat, pressure, snort, and do extra on your well-being, physique, and basic health than you even imagined attainable as you're taking your starting yoga classification from Bikram. For greater than 20 years, Bikram's starting Yoga Class has been one of the preeminent and so much cherished of all yoga guides-and now it's been revised and up to date via Bikram, with nearly all-new images and an up to date part on yoga's scientific benefits.

With approximately 2 hundred bright tutorial photos, Bikram's starting Yoga Class is the ideal guidebook for any pupil of yoga, both complicated or beginner-a reference that makes Hatha yoga enjoyable, effortless, and fully understandable.

Illustrated all through with one hundred sixty black-and-white photos by way of Biswanath "Bisu" Ghosh

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Yoga is union of body and mind. It is discipline that brings together physical with mental, spiritual, and even sexual. Yoga is totally positive thing. With Yoga you add to yourself and thus to world. And so, when you do this Hatha Yoga, all the screws loose in your brain-which is always human being's worst chronic problem-get fixed, too. Because brain is just another physical system of body. "You see, while you do Yoga is the one time, Terry Two, maybe first time in your life, when you absolutely and totally forget everything else: what you have to do at home, the pain in your toe, the fight you had with boss, the test you have to take, the bills, the anything.

This kind of pain is normal, expected, and good. It is merely your lazy, inflexible body protesting the sudden call to action. But if you have a special medical problem, see the medical appendix for specific suggestions. Yoga doesn't ask or recommend that you be a hero or a masochist. It asks only that you go as far as you can that day, try as honestly as possible at that moment. And so, as a general rule, stretch right up to any pain, then back off just before its threshold, and hold the pose there.

Now pull the ball of your foot and your toes toward you with all your strength-this is a pulling exercise. 80-20 breathing when holding the leg. Irene 1977 1 You may find that your foot is much farther away than you thought it was! But once you grab it, you will want a good grip, so if your feet or hands are wet with perspiration, wipe them with the towel first. As a beginner, keeping that standing leg tight and locked is the most important thing, even if that is all you can do the first day. Also, the concept of "straightening" the leg is incomplete.

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