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Yoga for the Three Stages of Life


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Part One: Yoga Siddhanta, or Theory

1. My Studies with Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Others
2. The Story of Patanjali
3. What Is Yoga?
4. Advanced Yoga
5. Mantrayoga
6. The Eight-Part Yoga and Its Ten Commandments

Part Two: Yoga Sadhana, or Practice
7. Standing Postures
8. Supine Postures
9. Sarvangasana and Sirsasana
10. Prone Postures and the Spine
11. Pascimatanam
12. Padmasana and Other Postures for Yoga Sadhana
13. Yogic Breathing Exercises and Their Health Benefits
14. Yoga for Women
15. Yoga Texts
16. Antaranga Sadhana
17. Freedom



About the Author

Srivatsa Ramaswami has taught yoga in universities, hospitals, and schools in India for more than twenty years. A familiar figure on Indian radio and television, he now teaches workshops throughout the United States as well.


"The title of this book gives you a good indication of what this excellent book is about. A lot to live up to, but this book lives up to it. The author points out that there have been more books on yoga in the past twenty years than ever before.The author thought that he had something to add to the discussion, and after reading this book, I agree. I strongly recommend this book. It is not for beginners, as the author points out, but can be used as a reference for ongoing practice. It it well written and well organized. The book is great. It encourages the reader to explore the science of yoga, and go beyond the asanas and exercises to expand on the union of yoga." * Yoga Connoisseur, Online magazine at yogacritic.com *
"Ramaswami, a student for 33 years of the legendary yoga master T. Krishnamacharya, has developed and expanded those teaching to include a key element: the need to take into consideration the individual's stage in life while practicing yoga." * Networking News, June/July 2001 *
"Individuals ready to devote their lives to the field of yoga will find Yoga for the Three Stages of Life an excellent introduction which blends the usual guide to postures and meditation practices with insights on adapting yoga to individual needs and different stages of life. Young and old receive appropriate discussions of yoga techniques geared to age, sex and ability." * Reviewer's Bookwatch, May 2001 *
"The book by Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami is much more than a compendium of Asanas; it captures the spirit of the Hindu view of life of which hatha yoga is a part. This is a wonderful book that makes an excellent reference for the practitioner of hatha yoga, and a great reading for the non-practitioner." * Paramarth Tatwam, Journal of Sringeri Vidya *
". . . Many of the asana variations are seldom seen in most contemporary hatha yoga books. . . . There is much fruit here for the experienced, motivated student to harvest." * Yoga Journal, July/August 2001 *
"Young, old or in between, this book will give you a complete yoga routine." * Hinduism Today, September/October 2001 *
"This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, written with the sincerity and wisdom you would expect from a long-time, dedicated student. More experienced students, teachers and Yoga therapists will certainly want a copy of this book in their library." * Int'l Journal of Yoga Therapy, No. 11, 2001 *
"Yoga for the Three Stages of Life has a clarity and simplicity unlike many of the other books recently published." * New York Spirit, October & November 2001 *

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