The definitive work by B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's most respected yoga teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar's unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of 'yoga for all', which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon. 'Light on Yoga' is widely called 'the bible of yoga' and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around the world. It is the classic text for all serious students of yoga. * B.K.S. Iyengar's own photo-illustrated, step-by-step guides to every yoga routine.* Week-by-week development plan - with a total of 300 weeks to allow gradual progression from novice to advanced technique.* B.K.S. Iyengar's unique and inspired guide to Pranayama - yoga breathing techniques.* B.K.S. Iyengar's yoga philosophy for life and an introduction to the spiritual aspects of yoga.* Yoga sequences and asanas to help heal a range of specific illnesses and conditions.
It took me a while to get through this book. It’s very dense, and I could only read a certain amount in a single sitting before I’d start feeling overloaded. He’s got lots of very interesting information about the philsophy of yoga, and of course, his descriptions/photographs of asanas are considered the “Bible” of yoga. I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it. It will stay on my shelf always, though, because I know I’ll be referring to it again and again over the years.
Deservedly a classic. Excellent if you want to follow the Iyenga yoga path. Also excellent if you want to explore other paths from a different angle.
The descriptions of the yoga exercises are quite understandable and the pictures show that the author is really good at what he does. I use the book as a kind of reference, when looking for a new exercise.
The introduction may be bit esoteric, but the main part (which is very technical) is not influenced too much by this. More precisely, for each asana the book describes the effects that it has on the human body; and these effects seem to contain too much detail, are too assuming, or simply unfounded/esoteric.