Original Yoga by Richard Rosen

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His writing has depth yet is humble, reflecting the practice of yoga itself.
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Widely respected yoga teacher and author Richard Rosen draws on ancient yoga encyclopedias to explain how yoga was practiced before it became popular in the West. He compares the three main existing sources known to yoga scholars to describe how complex and rich the practice of yoga once was. It included systematic teachings on personal hygiene, good health, and good relationships, and other practices of yoga that went far beyond just the physical postures.

Each section of the book offers a guided practice session of ancient poses and breathing techniques to enable readers to connect to the roots of their yoga and to offer a framework from which to understand the sequences they use in their regular sessions.


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Richard Rosen is a graduate of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and has been teaching yoga since 1987. He is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and director of and one of the principal teachers at the Piedmont Yoga Studio (cofounded by Rodney Yee), in Oakland, California. Many of Rosen's practice instructions and technical teachings are posted on the Piedmont Yoga Studio website, www.piedmontyoga.com.
Published May 22, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 301 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Allyson Gracie

His writing has depth yet is humble, reflecting the practice of yoga itself.

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Reviewed by Anne on Mar 24 2012

Unfortunately I did not find it very helpful....Some of the poses described in the book I will never be able to do and the discussion on the history of yoga was a bit beyond me.

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Buddha B Yoga

Apr 26 2012

Written in a clear, descriptive style and sprinkled with humor, Original Yoga is a welcome addition to any yoga teacher’s or student’s library.

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