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Yoga of the Subtle Body - Book Review

Updated on May 18, 2020
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Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates. Now taking the Yoga and Wellness Educator professional training. I have a passion for writing.

A guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga

Tias Little is the author and writer of the Yoga of the Subtle Body – A guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga book. He is known as a leading yoga instructor in North America and has taught globally. His amassed knowledge of classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, massage and trauma healing are noticeable in this book.

This book is my bible in the study of yoga of the subtle body. It has one of the most interesting perspectives on yoga concepts and practice that I have ever read or heard.

I came to learn of this book while reading another one. The title intrigued me, so I borrowed it as an eBook from the public library. After reading the first two chapters, I purchased a print copy for myself and started studying the subject matter in depth. Many of my lingering questions were answered.

His writing is simple yet his deep knowledge is presented with mastery. He brings together the mystery of the east and the knowledge of the west, presented in an unpretentious manner. The book includes several yoga poses that describe how to target different areas of the body for different purposes. The meditation practices are imaginative and inspiring. The effect of practising the yoga poses and the meditation while placing attention in line with his guidelines feels like a breath of fresh air.

The descriptions of the poses and meditation practices are clear and to the point. But, the subtlety of the relationship between the mind and the body is not lost in the explanations. The subtle body is treated as the sacred and boundless body of pure consciousness, intelligence and compassion. Pure intelligence or pure consciousness or unbounded awareness is a complete internal and external attention with no soul-searching or thought.

I am one of the yoga people who believe that yoga practice becomes meditation in action when it is done with mindfulness and attention.

Richard Freeman, a well-known yoga author and writer, wrote the foreword to this book. I appreciate the way he puts it when he says, “The subtle body is not only the secret to the optimal functioning and alignment of the body; it is the key to delight, love, understanding, and good relationships.”

The word ‘subtle’ suggests a style that is complex but delicate and discreet. The subtle body is about the body and the mind. It is the relationship between spirituality and the mind. Yoga is about relationships – our relationship with our body, mind and emotions. Yoga is also about our relationship with others, the environment, the world and the universe.

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