Yoga: Mastering the Basics

Rolf Sovik, PsyD, 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: 978-0-893891558
235 pages
8" x 11"


About the Authors

President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik, PsyD, has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga: Mastering the Basics, and a contributor to Yoga International.

Initiated into the Himalayan tradition in 1988, author and teacher Sandra Anderson draws on traditional yoga texts and 20 years of study and practice under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. She teaches all aspects of yoga nationally, trains teachers, and instructs programs at the Himalayan Institute where she lives. Sandra holds a degree in geology and began her studies in yoga while working throughout the west as an environmental groundwater geologist. View her videos on pranayama and other practices online, and her e-book, The Breath of Life—The Prana Vayus, and articles on pilgrimage, prayer, and more.


"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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