Yoga: Mastering the Basics

Rolf Sovik and Sandra Anderson

The systematic science of yoga will transform your body, mind, and soul. A comprehensive and practical illustrated guide to the essential elements of yoga, this book covers all aspects of practice: postures, breath training, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, and fundamental philosophy.

YOGA: Mastering the Basics is unique in its integration of all the elements of yoga practice, which when combined will make life happier, healthier, and more productive. The book is exquisitely designed with more than 400 high-quality duotones and stunning photography.

Included are two 60-minute illustrated posture sequences and chapters that cover the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, meditation, and the integration of yoga principles into everyday life. All of life is a spiritual journey. YOGA: Mastering the Basics is an invaluable guide to this journey that will serve through many years of practice.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2000 Current printing 2011
ISBN: 978-0-89389
Pages/Length: 235 pages
Paperback/hardcover: Paperback
Dimensions: 11 x 8 x .8 inches


About the Authors:

Sandra Anderson is a contributing editor and asana columnist for Yoga International Magazine. She has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1981 and now trains yoga teachers in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other cities. She lives at the Himalayan Institute's headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Rolf Sovik, PsyD, is Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He has studied yoga in the U.S., India, and Nepal, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He lives at the Himalayan Institute's headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mary Gail.


"Simple and authentic... This is the real thing, so if you have felt frustrated and confused in your search for the simplicity and serenity of basic yoga, look no further."

 --Rudolph Ballentine, MD; author of Radical Healing and Diet and Nutrition

"Clear, thorough, and concise. I particularly enjoyed the easy-to-use design and the graceful writing."

 --Sandra Summerfield Kozak, MS; President of International Yoga Studies

"A well-illustrated, practical guide to Yoga. The student of Yoga will definitely reap the reward of exposure of this book."

 --Vijayendra Pratap, PhD, DYP; Director of the Yoga Research Society

"Philosophical clarity and balance are woven throughout all of the very practical and precise instruction on posture, breathing, and meditation." -Richard Freeman, director of the Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado

"Both the novice and seasoned practitioner will find a wealth of truly helpful information on this dynamic art... A treasure trove of trustworthy information on yoga that will help you custom-tailor a yoga program to fit your own unique needs and wants."

 --Thomas Claire, author of Bodywork: What type of Massage to Get - and How to Make the Most of It

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