Iyengar is one of several important persons who brought the understanding of yoga and its benefits on health to the western world. The others include Richard Hittleman, Lilias, the original “First Lady of Yoga” whose television programs aired on American television in the 1970’s, Swami Sivananda, and Swami Vishnudevanan. Dedicated yoga practitioners will know the names I have mentioned, and probably be familiar with the original Iyengar guide published in 2001. This newly revised and expanded edition by DK publishing is an ambitious publication, rich with illustrations, and deserves a place on the book shelf of any yoga teacher or practitioner. It includes new material that makes what would otherwise seem like an esoteric Hindu practice mainstream and accessible to persons concerned about health and exercise. It is arranged in a way that welcomes new interest in yoga, provides a comprehensive guide, and serves well as a reference for research on the subject. I would caution anyone who is using this as a guide for first time practice to seek the advice of a yoga teacher or advanced practitioner, particularly in the use of props such as folding chairs, blocks, and small tables.
--Rosemary Szczygiel, Hilliard Branch Library
Find Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.