Author: Jayadeva YogendraTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Jayadeva YogendraPublisher: The Yoga InstituteYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 162ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185053197
The President of India inaugurated the work on the Yoga Cyclopaedia in ten volumes at The Yoga Institute Santacruz in connection with its 70th year Foundation Day. The need for such a comprehensive work on Yoga becomes imperative with the growing popularity of the subject in the East and the West. Besides academic information, knowledge on traditional skills, modern studies in allied areas, authentic interpretetion by living Yoga teachers etc. -All this material needs to be scrutinised, selected and integrated into one volume for this purpose.The touchstone to test the available material in Yoga remains the classical work-Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Reference to the Yoga Sutra and Vyasa Bhasya are therefore provided wherever available; many lesser works are consulted but as a rule detailed references are not provided. Shri Yogendraji's work on Asanas viz. Yoga Asanas Simplified, has been extensively used. Smt. Sita Devi's Yoga Physical Education has been also utilised.What the Yoga Institute Stands For ? Yoga is becoming popular. But which is the kind of yoga that is gaining ascendency? Is it the circus like asanas and complicated kriyas and magical incantations and Mantras? Is it the Yoga of pretentious contemplation when the mind is not steady and is running after material desires? This indeed is not Yoga. A Yoga that can generate body awareness and steadiness and control of the physical body, a Yoga that can lead to control of our mind and like us further into the understanding of the deeper layers of the subconscious, are closer to the concept of classical Yoga as available in statements like Yoga Citta Vritti Nirodhah Yoga is a complete control of the working of the mind. We should not forsake the spiritual base of Yoga that results in deeper understanding of life and an equibalanced state of mind.
ALL ABOUT ASANAS-General Body Awareness-does Hathyoga begin with it Different ways to Train the Body Different ways to reach up to the Mind & Spirit How systematic is Yoga Good that Physical exercise does Good accruing from non Yoga System of Physical Education History of Asanas Imitation of Birds and Animals Chronology of Asanas How is the word 'Asana' derived Modern scientific understanding, Physiological Researches on Asana Modern studies on Asanas New hypothesis on Asanas Shri Yogendrajis' views on benefits of Asana Spinal cord and its importance Systems of the body and Yogic Asanas Which Asana should you do Which Dynamic Asanas are recomended What is the Breathing like when doing Asanas What is the right age to practice Asana Where should one practice Yoga What is Emotional shut-off during practice of Asana Where should one's attention be in Asana What is the right time for Asanas When to Relax What about Diet What suggestions during practice of Asana SELECTION OF SIMPLE ASANAS-Practical Meditative Asanas Sukhasana Ksemasana Sthirasana Virasana Tristhitasana Vajrasana Dhirasana Siddhasana Hathasiddhasana Siddhasiddhasana Muktasana Guptasana Samasana Svastikasana Goraksasana Padmasana Vrsasana Sthitaprarthanasana Cultural Asanas Asanas for Vertebral Column ASANAS FOR UPWARD STRETCH Yastikasana Talasana Parvatasana FORWARD BENDING ASANAS Trikonasana Hastapadasana Cakrasana Pascimottanasana Yogamudra Halasana BACKWARD BENDING ASANAS Bhujangasana Dhanurvakrasana Ustrasana SIDEWARD BENDING ASANAS Konasana ASANAS FOR TORSION OF THE SPINE Simple Vakrasana Konasana III Ardhamatsyendrasana ASANAS FOR INVERSION Viparitakarani Sarvangasana Ardhasarvangasana ASANAS FOR EXTREMITIES Utkatasana Ekpadasana Nataprarthanasana Hastapadangustasana Garudasana Matsyasana Simple Bhadrasana Paryankasana Asanas for Abdominal Compression Pavanmuktasana Asanas for Relaxation Savasana Makarasana YOGA TOPICS UNDER ALPHABET A BIBLIOGRAPHY