I still feel this book should ideally be treated like a reference for students after having gained familiarity with the sequence in a hot yoga studio, but that might not be ideal for everyone. If you live in a climate like I do you can always step out into your garage during midday and you'll have replicated the temperature and humidity level at least. Dug this book out after recently deciding to do some yoga at home to alleviate anxiety. Though the pictures are old and it is corny in places, I did find it to be more thorough regarding each pose than any other book I have seen.
I cannot do some of these - scared to even try others - but still a very comprehensive array of poses and good instructions for each. Also, he gives the hope that one day, with practice, most can be achieved. Dec 26, Tine! Read over the last couple of months before and after actual Bikram yoga classes at my neighborhood dojo can I call it a dojo? Regardless of his human failings, he has an extremely good grasp of anatomy and a, yes, quirky sense of humour that will help you lighten an 3. Regardless of his human failings, he has an extremely good grasp of anatomy and a, yes, quirky sense of humour that will help you lighten and limber up that sweaty bod.
Told in a transcript style following the course of one class, as if someone were in the back of the room the whole time with a military-grade waterproof laptop, includes questionably helpful testimonials about each pose, and pictures of people of various body types for each pose. Jan 29, Kathleen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , yoga.
This book is pretty ridiculous. I'm glad that I read it, because I realized that I have been doing the Bikram sit-up wrong for about 6 years now. But other than that I don't know why, but the intro to every posture is supposed to be Bikram talking to his students in the class. This is the part that weirded me out. First of all, Bikram alternated from speaking in perfect English to talking in the way a racist might impersonate an Asian person.
What is that about? It's perfect English for paragr This book is pretty ridiculous. It's perfect English for paragraphs, then all the sudden it's as if Bikram doesn't know that verbs can be modified for past, present, future tenses, etc. The second thing that weirded me out by those intros is that Bikram and his students are having these joking conversations in the classroom.
Yeah right! The whole thing is just a vehicle for Bikram to talk about how good yoga is for you and how you have to do it all the time to get the benefits. Fair enough. But I would have preferred that he just said that without the fictionalized class discussions that were really creepy. Jan 21, Jordan Stephens rated it liked it Shelves: yoga.
Despite the controversy around the author of this book, who created the Bikram Yoga 26 posture sequence, I've been really enjoying practicing Bikram Yoga. It's quite simply the most balanced sequence of yoga postures I've found. Many will focus too much on hamstring stretches, while neglecting other parts of the body.
In the Bikram sequence that's not the case, and after a Bikram class I feel like I've had a well rounded yoga session. The book itself isn't really what I was hoping it would be. It Despite the controversy around the author of this book, who created the Bikram Yoga 26 posture sequence, I've been really enjoying practicing Bikram Yoga.
It has a heavy focus on anecdotes that usually sound like they are trying to convince the reader of something and to adopt a certain mindset. I was hoping it would be more focused on alignment and in depth posture descriptions beyond what I hear the instructors say in class. But the descriptions of the postures were more surface level that what I wanted. It was still helpful, but not as helpful as I was hoping.
Jul 16, Maria Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Its not only my point of view that the Yogiraj,Bikram Choudhury's 26 Yoga posture are some of the good inventions of him. It helped many people to recover from their problems both mentally amd physically. His yoga helped me to remain in healthy from the past 2 years. He is really a good master.
Have a look on this.. Oct 16, Margaret rated it did not like it Shelves: yoga. On the third page Bikram tries to get into the mind of someone attending one of his classes for the first time. This involves noticing how many of the female practitioners aren't wearing panties under their leotards.
No thank you. Apr 24, Andrea rated it really liked it. The book is very well written. Attempting to follow a book through 90 minutes of yoga, however, is significantly more unpleasant than I ever anticipated. It would be better as a supplement to a class. The emphasis on not eating within 3 hours before completing the sequence just left me starving and tired for the day, so the absolute opposite of what I expected. Jun 28, Frances Kantner rated it did not like it Shelves: discarded. This book has terrible photos, strange narrative that was trying to be funny, but was not.
I have tried to read this twice, but saw no reason to finish. Mar 19, Leigh rated it really liked it Shelves: before-goodreads , non-fiction. Gah, some of the poses are hard but I'm getting there! I re-read this a couple of times in the past six to seven years now haha.
Jun 19, Barb rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone interested in bikram yoga. Jul 16, Angelina David rated it it was amazing. Myself Angelina David, one of the followers of Bikram choudhury's Book and obviously him's too. It had been 1 years ago I started to concentrate on the yoga by Bikram Choudhury and I was feeling proud that I am one of the students of him.
But When I got transfer in some another branch under the same company where i am working for a long time, I was in a dilemma as there was a chance to pause my classes. So I directly consulted him to sort it out and there he really surprised me by giving his own y Myself Angelina David, one of the followers of Bikram choudhury's Book and obviously him's too.
So I directly consulted him to sort it out and there he really surprised me by giving his own yoga videos and Book. With the help of that Now i am fit enough to do my work with a greater zeal.
Thanks to him. View 1 comment. Aug 25, Chava rated it liked it.
The text is all but useless, but the book works very well as a visual reference. I took Bikram classes a few years ago and found that the poses in the book were precisely the ones done in class; even the instructors' guidance and prompts are found here. Nevertheless, I can only do asanas at home that I have actually done in a class setting and therefore am glad to have the book. The impossibly overheated room makes little sense to me so I igno The text is all but useless, but the book works very well as a visual reference.
The impossibly overheated room makes little sense to me so I ignore that part.