The following are recommended books and videos on Sivananda Yoga: Sivananda Yoga Center, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga (Simon and Schuster, 1983). An easy-to-read, illustrated introduction to the five-point system of Sivananda Yoga.
-, Yoga Mind & Body (DK Publishing, Inc., 1996). A beautifully photographed, full-color, over-sized book summarizing the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta philosophy. Includes detailed descriptions of the physical exercise poses, and delicious, healthy vegetarian recipes. This book is an excellent introduction to the general principles of yoga.
Swami Vishnu-devananda, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga (Crown, 1960). This is the classic introduction to Sivananda Yoga, including the history and theory of yoga practices, a practical guide to yoga postures and practices, and sample programs for people of various ages and physical constitutions. It is profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs of yoga exercises.
The Sivananda Yoga Video: For the do-it-yourselfer, a complete video guide to the techniques and practice of Sivananda Yoga lushly photographed at the Sivananda Yoga retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Features expert demonstration. It runs for 59 minutes.
In addition, audiotapes, training manuals, magazines, and brochures are available by contacting the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Swami Sadasivananda on yoga for men:
"We are living in the age in which we witness a tremendous amount of transformation taking place on all levels and in all areas of our lives. As result of it, we are undergoing incredible changes both without and within us which in turn creates stress for our body and mind. Yoga is one of the most effective means to combat the side-effects of fast living and balance the transformation which it carries. In order to live in harmony with the world and himself, every man should do his best to come in touch and reconnect with his body, mind, and the deeper, spiritual aspect of his being. The synthesis of proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation applied in daily life is a sine qua non for right, harmonious, and joyous living. Men who dedicate some amount of time in the application of these ancient yogic disciplines will certainly regain their health, will have the abundance of energy, and live happily. They will regain their confidence, charisma, and ability to relate to the world in a spontaneous and compassionate way and live peacefully."
—Swami Sadasivananda, Director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City
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