This section begins with a mini history lesson. Yoga has been around for thousands of years, and in all that time, it has branched into various types, from studious Jnana Yoga to active Karma Yoga to mystical Kundalini Yoga. Learn about how yoga came to the West and why our culture is coming to a point in its evolution where yoga will become a powerful and pertinent tool.
Next we introduce you to yoga's comprehensive guidelines for living. Far from hard-and-fast "commandments," yoga's yamas (abstinences) and niyamas (observances) point the way along the path that will most enhance your yoga journey. Patanjali's Eightfold Path (of which the abstinences and observances are the first two aspects) is laid out in an easy-to-follow format, explaining the eight important facets of a yogi's life—from keeping the body fit to mastering detachment, concentration, and meditation.
Controlling the breath keeps body and mind operating at peak efficiency. In Chapter 7, "Can You Breathe?" we explain the how's and why's of the yoga system of breath control called pranayama. Chapter 8, "Hatha Yoga: May the Force Be with You," goes on to describe the details of Hatha Yoga, a system of yoga emphasizing control of the body and the most popular form of yoga in the West.
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