Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yoga for the Three Stages of Life or Tips for Good Living with Arthritis

Yoga for the Three Stages of Life: Developing Your Practice as an Art Form, a Physical Therapy and a Guiding Philosophy

Author: Srivatsa Ramaswami

Essential reading for those looking to customize their practice to life's changing needs.


• Includes sections on vedic chanting, throat breathing, and exercises for women.

• Presents a unique portrait of  T. Krishnamacharya and his teachings.

For 33 years Ramaswami studied with the legendary T. Krishnamacharya, teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V. Desikachar and perhaps the most influential figure in the field of yoga in the last 100 years. Since that time he has developed Krishnamacharya's teaching into what may be the most highly evolved program available for making yoga a way of life, rather than simply a routine. In seventeen chapters Ramaswami lays out the whole philosophy of yoga, including principles for right living, postures, breathing practices, meditation practices, and mental disciplines.

Key to Ramaswami's teaching is the focus on adapting yoga to individual needs and to different stages of life. During the early part of life, learning yoga as a physical art form is most beneficial for the self-confidence and discipline it instills. In middle age, yoga should focus on physical therapy and maintaining optimum health as far into life as possible. In the last stages of life, the practitioner will be ready to focus on the ultimate goal of yoga--true understanding of the philosophy behind it and the realization of truth.

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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.

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Tips for Good Living with Arthritis

Author: Arthritis Foundation

Offers handy tips for safely and smartly tackling those challenges, from doing laundry to gardening to working at a computer.

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