Major Yoga Disciplines
Sivananda Vedanta is one of
several major international yoga organizations that teach
traditional yoga, emphasizing hatha yoga (the poses commonly
associated with yoga) as a preparation for meditation and
spiritual development. Beginners' classes are very gentle.
Sivananda Vedanta's North American schools are located in Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Grass Valley, CA, New York City,
Woodbourne, NY, and Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada. See
www.sivananda.org or telephone 800-469-9642.
Satchidananda Ashram is a
second major international yoga organization, also emphasizing
hatha yoga as a preparation for meditation and spiritual
development. See www.yogaville.org or telephone 804-964-3221.
Iyengar Yoga was developed by
B.K.S. Iyengar who, at 80, continues to teach in Pune, India.
The tradition emphasizes precise alignment, facilitated with
props such as straps, blocks and blankets. For the Iyengar
Yoga Institute in San Francisco, see www.iyisf.org.
Ashtanga Yoga This yoga style
uses a vigorous, fast-paced series of sequential postures, of
increasing difficulty, that allow students to work at their
own pace. Students work up a sweat. www.yogaworkshop.com
Kundahlini Yoga A vigorous
system of yoga founded by Yogi Bhajan that incorporates
postures, dynamic breathing techniques, chanting and
meditation with the goal of awakening the individual's
reservoir of cosmic energy. See www.3HO.org.
Websites to find a yoga school:
Books on Yoga
Yoga: The Path to Holistic
Health, B.K.S. Iyengar (DK Publishing, 2001)
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class,
Bikram Choudhury (J.P. Tarcher, 2000)
Yoga for Wimps, Poses for the
Flexibly Impaired, Miriam Austin (Sterling Publications, 2000)
For Yoga Videos and DVDs Visit
www.yogajournal.com and click on the "Shop YJ"
button to review a wide selection of videos and DVDs.
Books on T'ai Chi
The Healing Promise of Qi,
Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi,
Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. (McGraw Hill, 2002)
The Compete Idiot's Guide to
T'ai Chi & Qigong, Bill Douglas (2nd Edition, Alpha Books,
T'ai Chi Videos
T'ai Chi for Health, Healing
Discover Tai Chi, a series of
videos by Natural Journeys, www.naturaljourneys.com,
For More Information on T'ai
Chi & Qigong: National Qigong Association USA, www.nqa.org