The Complete Book of Yoga: Harmony of Body and Mind

The Complete Book of Yoga: Harmony of Body and Mind

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Item Code: IDE970
Author: Sri Ananda
Publisher: Orient Paperbacks
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 812220094X
Pages: 176 (B & W Illus: 114)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.6
Weight 350 gm
About the Author :

Sri Ananda belongs to a distinguished family of Uttar Pradesh in India. From his early youth, he was attracted by Yogis and by the simplicity and purity of their lives. While at college he spent his spare time reading books on Yoga. His first guru was his mathematics teacher, an eminent man, highly versed in the knowledge of Yoga. Sri Ananda has traveled all over India to find spiritual teachers and sages, such as Ramana Maharshi, Swami Ramdas, Sri Aurobindo, Ma Anandamoyi and others. He has spent a great deal of time with them and learnt much from their enlightened teachings. He then came into contact with Swami Kuvalayananda, a medical doctor and founder of the famous institute of Yoga Research, Lonavla, India. Under his guidance he carried out research into the therapeutic aspects of Hatha-Yoga.

For many years now Sri Ananda is running the Indian Yoga Centre in Paris. He had published two excellent books on Yoga in French, which have gone into several editions, and is the co-author of highly acclaimed Yoga: For easier Pegnancy & Natural Childbirth.


In Search of Yoga9
The Origins of Yoga14
What is Yoga?17
The Various Systems of Yoga18
Mental Attitude19
Power of Mind20
Yoga in Our Time21
The Nadis, Chakras and Kundalini25
Section I: Hatha-Yoga
What is Hatha Yoga?27
The Physiological value of Pranayama32
The Practice of Pranayama35
How to Breathe Properly36
Complete Yogic Breathing40
Rhythmic Breathing41
Kumbhaka (retention of the breath)42
Anuloma Viloma or Nadi Sodhana Pranayama (alternate breathing)42
Ujjayi (energy-renewing Pranayama)45
Kapalabhati (breathing that revitalizes the body)46
Bhastrika (bellows)47
Surya-Bhedana (breathing that revitalizes the nervous system)48
Sitali (breathing that refreshes)49
Pavana Muktasana (relieving gas contained in the body)49
Breathing that Purifies50
Breathing that Fortifies the Nerves50
Breathing that Purifies the Respiratory Tract51
How to Revitalize the Whole Body51
Section 2: The Asanas (Yogic Postures)
The Physiological Functions of the Human Body and the Asanas52
The Practice of the Asanas56
Padmasana (The Lotus Position)57
Siddhasana (Posture of the Adept)59
Svastika (The Auspicious Posture)60
Samasana (The Symmetrical Posture)61
Sukhasana (The Comfortable Posture)62
Yoga-Mudra (The Symbol of Yoga)63
Baddha-Konasana (Yoga-Mudra, feet joined)65
Supta-Vajrasana (The Supine Pelvic Posture)66
Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Simplified version of the Yogi Matsyendra Posture)67
Vakrasana (Spinal Twist)69
Trikonasana (Triangle Posture)70
Halasana (The Plough Posture)72
Paschimottanasana (Stretching the back and legs)74
Ourdhva Paschimottanasana (Stretching the back and legs upwards)75
Padahastasana (Stretching the back and legs downwards)76
Bhujangasana (The Cobra Position)77
Ardha-Bhujangasana (Simplified Cobra Posture)78
Salabhasana (The Locust Posture)79
Ardha-Salabhasana (Simplified Locust Posture)80
Dhanurasana (The Bow Posture)81
Mayurasana (The Peacock Posture)82
Jalandhara-Bandha (Chin-Lock)83
Jihva-Bandha (Contraction of the Tonge or Tongue-Lock)83
Mula-Bandha (Contraction of the pelvic and anal Muscles)84
Uddiyana-Bandha (Raising of the diaphragm)85
Nauli (Isolation of the rectal and abdominal muscles)87
Viparitakarani (The Inverted Posture)89
Sarvangasana (Shoulder-stand)90
Ardha-Sarvangasana (Modified shoulder-stand)92
Matsyasana (The Fish Posture)93
Sirshasana (Head-stand)94
Savasana (Complete Relaxation Posture)97
Section 3: Asanas for Equilibrium, Concentration and Mental Stability
Vrksasana (The Tree Posture)98
Vatyanasana (The Horse's Head Posture)99
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Foot-Holding Posture)100
Bakasana (The Crow Posture)101
Utthita Padmasana (Raised Lotus Posture)102
Ekapada Angusthasana (Tiptoe Posture)103
Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Posture of the leg supported by the arm)104
Parvatasana (The Mountain Posture)105
Section 4: Asanas (Variations)
Padmasana (Lotus Posture, hands joined above head)106
Baddha Padmasana (Toe-Hold Lotus Posture)106
Yoga-Mudra in the Baddha Padmasana Position (Toe-Hold Lotus Posture, body leaning forwards)107
Chakrasana (The Wheel Posture)108
Ustrasana (The Camel Posture)108
Malasana (The Garland Posture)109
Bhunamanasana (Sideward leg-stretch, head-to-ground)110
Pasasana (The Chord Posture)110
Relaxing the Back in the Yoga-Mudra Position111
Ardha Chandrasana (The Half-Moon Posture)111
Konasana (The Angle Posture, standing head-to-knee)112
Mandukasana (The Frog Position)112
Gomukhasana (The Cow Head Posture)113
Janusirasana (Head touching Knee)114
Parivrtta anusirasana (Head-to-knee position, body leaning to one side)115
Janusira Merudandasana (Head, Knee and spinal column posture)115
Paripurna Navasana (The Boat Posture)116
Vajroli Mudra (The Boat Posture, hands on ground)116
Salamba Sirshasana (Head-stand, hands on ground)117
Natarajasana (Nataraja's Posture)119
Virasana (The Hero Posture)120
How to keep the Eyes in Good Health121
Eye Exercises123
Tratak or Exercises to Increase Sharp - Sightedness123
The Curative Value of Pranayama and the Asanas

Acidity, Allergy, Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Bladder Complaints, Colds, Constipation, Diabetes, Diarrhoea, Exhaustion, Haemorroids, Headaches, Heart Trouble, Hernia, High Blood Pressure, Impotency, Indigestion, Kidney Complaints, Liver Ailments, Low Blood Pressure, Obesity or Overweight, Paralysis, Rheumatism, Sinus Trouble, Sterlity, Tuberculosis, Ulcers, Varicose Veins.

Yogic Therapy for Various Illnesses of Psychic Origin133
Anxiety, Depression, Nocturnal Emissions, Fatigue, Nervousness, Menstrual Disorders137
The Psychological Causes of Human Problems and Yoga140
Indecision, Haste, Nervousness, Excessive Touchness, Nightmares, Disharmony, Obsession, Melancholy, Frustration141
Section 1: A Well-Balanced Diet145
Water- A Great Gift of Nature for Man's Life and Health, Gaining and Losing Weight, Protein, Fats, Carbohydrates147
Section 2: Classification of Various Foodstuffs According to Yoga and Ayurveda149
Curd, Honey, Wheat Germ, Soya, Powdered Milk, Molasses, Dates, Figs, Tomatoes, Carrots, Ginger, Lemon, Onions, Garlic149
Section 3: An Ideal Diet158
Section 4: How to Overcome Premature Old Age160
Section 5: How to Lead a Well-Balanced and Controlled Sex Life165
Useful Hints
Rest and Relaxation, Sleep, Alcohol and Tobacco, Drugs, Baths, Airings or 'Airbathing', Sunbathing, Swimming, Nose Bath, Walking Barefoot, Eting
A Yoga Lesson of about thirty minutes173
A Yoga Lesson of about one hour174

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