God created me,
Parents nurtured me,
Teachers framed me,
Students energized me.
This book is composed and designed by us in response to the popular demand to meet the requirements of yoga students, yoga teachers and general public who are interested to learn asana and pranayama techniques and their health benefits. The objective of this book is to give the readers a systematic and comprehensive introduction to Indian classical Yoga. We have compiled the book by incorporating the practices of Yoga Schools such as Yog Sadhna Kendra, Malviya Bhawan, Banaras Hindu University; Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Delhi; and SV Yoga Adhyayana Kendra, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh etc. It furnishes a complete coverage of the subject in an easy and understandable form. This book prepared on the attempt of practical and scientific approach.
This book mentioned the different asana and pranayama in the way so that anybody can practice them in a proper way. Here we tried to mention the conditions where a particular yoga should not practice. We want to mention here that any one particular yogic posture cannot cure a particular disease. Regular and disciplined practice of some selected standing, sitting and lying yogic postures can help to maintain complete health and also adjunctive mode of therapy for many non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and joint problems etc. This text book deals with exercises such as Sukshma vyayama, basic asanas in lying, sitting and standing postures, other intermediate and some advanced level yoga asanas. It also includes Pranayama and Satkarma. Some light has also been thrown on “Yoga in Bhagvad Gita” and “Yoga in Hath Yoga Pradipika” which is important to know for readers. In the last pages of the book, some important references have been given which may be helpful for the readers to find the research evidences of health benefits of asana and pranayama for a particular organ system of body and/or disease.
The unique features of the book are
v The book provides quick access to important Asana and Pranayama in a simplified way.
v It explains possible scientific mechanisms of health benefits of asana and pranayama.
v It gives indications and contraindication of a particular yogasana.
v It provides the scientific research proof as latest references of health benefits of Yoga.
Constructive criticism and useful suggestions for further improvement of the book will be gratefully receive and acknowledged.
Hope you will enjoy reading!
Mr. C.B. Vasudeva Reddy
Dr. Preeti Tyagi
Mr C. B. Vasudeva Reddy is a post-graduate in Indian Philosophy from Mahatama Gandhi University, Kasi Vidya Peeth, Varanasi. He did Diploma in Yoga from Shri Venkateswara Yoga Adhyayana Kendra, Tirupati and reorientation programme from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. He has worked as a Yoga Instructor for 10 years in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and as Yoga teacher for 3 years in Indian Embassy, Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre (JNICC), Jakarta, Indonesia. Currently he is director of Malviya School for Yoga and Oriental Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Reddy trained many Indian as well as foreigner students in Yoga and Pranayama at different yoga institutes excellently in his life time. He is himself practicing yogasana daily since many years and now he is expert even in difficult and more advance postures of yoga. He organized many Yoga workshops in India as well as in Indonesia including very successful workshops at Defense Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune in 2007 and 2008. He is life member of Indian Academy of Yoga. He was Joint organize secretary of Indian academy of Yoga in 2002-2003. He was Technical advisor of Yoga in university club of BHU from Jan 2006 to May 2006. He has successfully falk and spring semester (2008-2009) of Yoga tutoring program in Varanasi conducted by University of Wisconsin, USA.
Dr Preeti Tyagi is the Assistant professor of Physiology in Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. She has been teaching Physiology for the last 6 years. She has also worked in other institutions of repute like Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Lady Hardinge Medical college, New Delhi; Pacific Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan; GTB hospital New Delhi etc. She got her MBBS & MD in Physiology degree from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 2009. She also did Diploma in Yoga from Banaras Hindu University. She is a physiologist par excellence and completely dedicated to the field of physiology, yoga and medical education. Till now she taught human physiology to more than 1500 students of different courses like MBBS (Medical), BDS (Dental), BPT & BOT (Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Occupation Therapy), MSc, Nursing and paramedical students. She is having very good knowledge of yoga science. She tried to explain the possible scientific mechanisms of benefits of the yoga posture and pranayama in this book. She also tried to correlate human physiology with yoga in this book.
Dr Preeti has published many papers in reputed and indexed journals on the subject of medical research and Yoga. She is Assistant Editor in reputed journal of Innovative Publication “Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology”. She is life member in Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologist of India (APPI). She received Shri Venkateshwara Cardiac Research medal in ISARCON 2015 for best paper presentation.