Yoga’s 5,000-year tradition is rich and varied, and has always evolved to meet the needs of the culture it serves. Above all else, yoga has been and continues to be about the process of transformation. Linda Sparrowe discusses yoga’s roots in the sacred texts and provides a look at the 20th-century yogis who brought it to the West — Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar, to name a few. Four hundred artful posture-illustrating photographs of the most famous yoga practitioners, including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Richard Freeman, pull the reader ever closer to this powerful practice.
"…an outstanding introduction by Linda Sparrowe. After having read "Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, as well as other texts, this book has probably the most balanced and concise history of the development of yoga philosophy and practice that I have come across." —William Kostenko, Boise, Idaho