Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion

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Practice hatha yoga at home with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for each asana (pose), anatomical illustrations, a vegetarian diet transition plan with recipes, and mindfulness techniques.

Achieve a healthy body, mental alertness, and inner serenity through the practice of hatha yoga. Combining step-by-step asanas, detailed anatomical illustrations, programs, mindfulness techniques, plant-based diet advice, and recipes, this is the complete practice and lifestyle guide for students of all abilities. Progress your way through the 12 classic asanas (poses), then continue your practice with 9 programs with 20-, 40-, or 60-minute sequences for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Master breathing and mindfulness techniques to recharge your energy levels and combat stress. Embrace a healthier way of eating with diet advice and more than 40 nutritious recipes. Written by the experts from the world-renowned Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, this book has everything you need in one complete package.

Product Details

  • File Size: 200363 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241323630
  • Publisher: DK; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2018
  • Sold by:  Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B078XTFC2X
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Exactly what I needed

19 people found this helpful
 on December 11, 2012
By elsnc
I started taking a Sivananda Yoga class three months ago. Since then, I have come to enjoy yoga so much that I am trying to develop a home practice. Although you can easily find the Sivananda asana sequence online, this book is a must. Why? 1. The text is easy to understand. 2. This book is not super in-depth, but is just enough to not overwhelm you as a beginner but still able to carry you through your practice as you advance. In other words, it provides a great foundation and reference tool. 3. The photos are beautiful and clearly demonstrate the progression of each asana. 4. There are variations provided for each asana. 5. The routines are shown through photos, not just the pose name. I like this because I’m more likely to have the book open and USE it during my practice. 6. It shows common mistakes when performing a pose. I realized I have a lot to work on. 🙂 7. The chapters on breathing and meditation are simple but good. 8. While this book does cover Sivananda Yoga, I really think that it is universal in the information that it provides. I like that this book covers the pose and counter-pose sequence thoroughly, diet, meditation, breathing, and overall health.

Great yoga guidebook for at home beginner and intermediate yogis

11 people found this helpful
 on December 12, 2012
By Barbara Pohland
I have been practicing yoga for about 11 years and am a recently certified yoga teacher. I was looking for a yoga book that can help provide me with more information and guidance. This is one of the best yoga books I’ve found. It starts off introducing you to yoga and what it is about so you get your basic yoga education. Then it talks about pranayana (breathing), which is usually skimmed over. Then, it goes into the different poses and the best part is that it gives you step by step instructions with PICTURES. My biggest irk with yoga books is that they do not include step by step pictures and for beginners, it is bad because then you don’t now what the “correct” posture is. It also points out the common faults that people make. It shows the beginner postures and the more advanced ones. At the end of the asanas chapter, it gives you a possible schedule to follow for your day to day yoga practice in 20, 40, or 60 minutes for beginners, intermediate, and advance. It also talks about meditation and the different methods. Finally, it talks about yogic nutrition and provides you with a possible daily meal plan and best of all recipes.

I highly recommend it for those who like Sivananda Yoga.

One person found this helpful
 on August 15, 2018
By Richard Lee
When there is no sivananda yoga school situated at where I am and no yoga studio teaching this style, this book makes a very good way for me to practice sivananda. It details the entire sequence….but it is lacking the skill and techniques required for going into some of the asanas. If this can be included, this will be a perfect book.

Covers the Essentials Well

14 people found this helpful
 on June 29, 2006
By Kindle Customer
I was introduced to Sivananda Yoga in May 06 by my Shiatsu masseuse. I had several sessions of Shiatsu for back pain relief. However, a few days after the session the pain returned. My masseuse told me that if I practiced Sivananda Yoga once a day it would significantly reduce my back pain. She covered the basic asanas with me in two sessions. I ordered “The Sivananda Companion to Yoga…” and “Yoga 101 Essential Tips”. I began performing the asanas on my own using both books as my guide. They are easy to read and fully explain the asanas. “The Sivananda Companion to Yoga…” is more detailed. It gives a great (but brief) history of Yoga along with breathing, meditation, diet info. and health benefits (in detail using photos). My favorite part of this book is the chart for 30m or 90m sessions and also additional asanas as my routine advances. I use this book when I have more time to experiment with new asanas or as a reference. “Yoga 101 Essential Tips” covers every basic asana and briefly touchs on diet, meditation, etc. I use this book daily because it covers a complete session. I am a newby at yoga and highly recommend both books.

bought 3 yoga books, kept this one!

4 people found this helpful
 on December 3, 2015
By C. Price
I purchased yoga mind and body, yoga your home practice companion, and the sivananda companion to yoga. I have done yoga sporadically for 10 years, but wanted to start at the beginning because i’ve had three kids and that changes your body. I liked the yoga your home practice companion the best because its basically the same info as mind and body but the hardback lays flat and open in front of you and there are more pictures. The sivananda companion was too advanced for me.

An EXCELLENT book- highly recommend

4 people found this helpful
 on October 16, 2014
By CaringConsumer
A terrific manual. One of the best. I initially got this from our library and had to buy one for myself. Can’t stress enough how beneficial this book is. Excellent and large illustrations. Poses shown in 1-3 levels, so you can progress your Yoga practice. Wonderful narrative in beginning of book on topics such as meditation and breathing. One of the BEST books on Yoga and I’ve been practicing for years

Great for Beginners

4 people found this helpful
 on June 7, 2014
By Lilac Lily
This is one of my favorite yoga books. It illustrates every pose and shows step by step how to perfectly execute any given pose. It also explains the various benefits of each pose. I especially like that the authors included several yoga routines that are divided by duration (20min, 40min, 60min) as well as by expertise level (beginner,intermediate and advanced). Very helpful in establishing a regular home yoga practice.

An excellent basic guide to Yoga for anyone interested in this subject.

4 people found this helpful
 on November 11, 2016
By Joseph J. Truncale
I have been practicing and teaching several mind/body activities such as Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga for many years. When I saw this interesting 72 page paperback (101 Essential Tips Yoga put out by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre) volume for a bargain price on Amazon I purchased it. Even though I was familiar with most of the material in this book; nevertheless, I found the review of material excellent. This little volume covers the following subject areas: Preparation for practicing yoga, breathing techniques, starting-up exercises, lying down asanas, headstand sequence, shoulder cycle, forward bends, backward bends, spinal twist, balancing poses, standing poses, final relaxation, meditation, eradicating bad habits and special programs. I really like this small volume because it covers all the essential information for anyone who is interested in learning about yoga. There is nothing like studying with a teacher; however, this is an excellent book to use as a reference source when combined with actual training with an instructor.