Amy Lowell had once remarked, “All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words.” Or in simple words, books are the source of knowledge in every field. When you don’t have a teacher or mentor to show the right path, books are the best friends. Yoga is a scientifically proven method to control the heart, mind and whole body. It’s a complete practical science to not only treat the incumbent ailments of the body but to prepare the body to live a healthy life. It is not always possible to have the supervision of a trained yoga teacher because of various complications. Yoga books are a great help at this juncture because of their all-important content and value.
Be it hath yoga, raja yoga or simple pranayam practice, authors try to give as much relevant and practical information as can be received from an accomplished Yoga guru. Since yoga is a practical science, authors need to make extensive research before compiling all constituents in to a book. The main feature of the yoga book has to be its relevance. The ability of author to convey the essence of the topic is also a pre-requisite.
Aasans are the most important part of yoga. They are essentially different body postures having distinct impact of each on general health of the body. They are essential to be covered in the books. Therefore, a yoga book should have a lot of illustrations, pictures and diagrams supported by simple interpretation. Pranayaam or distinct breathing exercises is also one of the most important parts of yoga. Author needs to put in details the significance and the impact of all respiratory exercises therein.
As we all know that yoga is a part of ancient Indian medical science, the important chronicles of yoga were scripted in Sanskrit language. Sanskrit is known to be very tough and complicated language. In the yoga books of present times also, some theories and concepts are mentioned in Sanskrit. Therefore, it is highly expected from yoga book author that he or she elaborates each such concept in lucid detail for the benefit of the reader.
The success of a yoga book depends on the communicability of the content written therein. The practicability of the theory put in the book is also very fundamental.
Some of the most popular Yoga Books are:
Pranayama – Its philosophy & Practice by Swami Ramdev
Yog: Its Philosophy & Practice by Swami Ramdev
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
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