“Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing” by B.K.S. Iyengar is very powerful. This could well be because, well into his 90s, B.K.S. Iyengar is still practicing and teaching yoga postures (or asanas), seeming at ease with any asana he performs. Iyengar places particular emphasis on alignment and precision in his yoga training and practice. Iyengar came to the attention of the West through violin Maestro Yehudi Menuhin in 1952 and has enriched our appreciation of yoga through his vast experience and generous sharing ever since.
Pranayama is one of the eight main aspects of yoga. “Light on Pranayama” is Iyengar’s companion and sequel to his “Light on Yoga.” Iyengar writes in a practical manner and provides a thorough description of this yoga aspect for anyone who wishes to learn pranayama. In Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing, he describes your respiratory system in contemporary anatomy terms combined with the insights from ancient yoga texts. He also discusses the danger and difficulties you might find by practicing pranayama. Iyengar begins his text with a review of the theory behind pranayama and its effects. He takes you through the correct way to sit before you even begin the breathing exercises and how to prepare your mind, then details different exercises to help you master your breath. Finally he takes you further into the freedoms you can acquire through the practices of pranayama. Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing will be a valuable addition to your spiritual library. –
- Paperback, 320 pages.
- Published by The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1985.
- A yoga classic by world-renowned yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar.
- Iyengar shares with you his profound understanding of yoga breathing techniques and the philosophy behind yoga wisdom.