Now comes the real twist: the next three steps,
‘pratyahara’ or regulation of the five senses;
‘dharana’ or concentration; and ‘dhyan’ or
meditation or contemplation.
The ultimate reward of
‘samadhi’ or super-consciousness happens with divine
Let us be realistic and welcome the global surge in Yoga
even if it means ‘asanas’ At least, it has introduced
Yoga to millions around the world.
So how do we learn Yoga?
Go to a guru, watch videos on You Tube or get a book.
The most famous modern classic is ‘Light on Yoga’
by B. K. S. Iyengar, the world’s foremost authority, which
is a step by step, detailed and serious treatise with
photographs of various stages of postures.
Now a reader-friendly, slim and easy book, ‘Yoga and
Mindfulness: The Basics’ by Mansi Gulati (Konark) has
become popular since it was launched last year by India’s
Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with a preface by then
Human Resources Minister, Prakash Javadekar.
As an established Yoga teacher, its author’s work has
been appreciated by Prime Minister and a number of state
Mansi Gulati has won numerous awards and honours and
teaches Yoga around India and abroad.
She writes in simple, clear language and starts this
well-designed book by Dushyant Parasher with small,
introductory chapters like What is Yoga? History of Yoga,
Four Streams of Yoga, Eight Steps or Limbs of Yoga and
Important Concepts of Yoga, among some other topics.
Thus, she prepares the reader with the essential
background of Yoga.
Before delving into ‘asanas’, she answers the
essential question: What are ‘asanas’?
Now comes the techniques for various asanas.
This section forms the bulk of this book that ends with a
glossary of Sanskrit words used in Yoga.
Thus, in just 135 pages of this paperback, she covers a
vast canvas and does it competently.