Introduction

¡\Jl ore than 15 million Americans practice Yoga of one kind or another, and many more millions of Yoga practitioners live in other parts of the world. Yoga isn't a fad. It has been around in the West for well over a hundred years and has a history of approximately five millennia. It's clearly here to stay, so don't worry that you're investing yourself in some flash-in-the-pan phenomenon that will disappear six months from now.

Yoga may be 5,000 years old, but the modern Yoga boom didn't start until the 1960s, largely thanks to Richard Hittleman's extraordinarily successful TV series Yoga for Health. This show was followed in the 1970s by Lilias Folan's TV series Lilias, Yoga and You. This era also brought the rise of Transcendental Meditation (TM) — a form of Yoga — largely because of the Beatles' interest in it. TM attracted hundreds of thousands who were in search of stress reduction and a more meaningful life.

Yoga has brought health and peace of mind to millions of people, and it can do the same for you. We challenge you to explore Yoga in depth, with Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition, as your guide. The yogic postures are an excellent starting point, but they're merely the outermost shell of a multilayered tradition. At its core, Yoga is a timeless answer for those who quest for a deeper meaning in life and for that elusive treasure called abiding peacefulness.

Unite Mind Body Spirit With Yoga

Unite Mind Body Spirit With Yoga

Practitioners of yoga talk about a unification of body, mind and spirit acquired through practicing the yoga exercises and techniques. Learn more within this guide.

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