Pic (L-R): Revathi Raj Iyer (Author); Dr S N Pandey (VC, Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh); Prof Sumanyu Satpathy (Former HoD- English, University of Delhi); Dr Chandra Mohan (Advisor, International Higher Education, Central University, Gujarat)
“My Friendship with Yoga” by Revathi Raj Iyer, published by Lifi, was launched at the New Delhi World Book Fair on Jan 10, 2017 amidst the presence of distinguished guests from academia and yoga practitioners earlier associated with AYUSH.
The book is about the author’s progression from learning under an instructor to achieving confidence in self-practice and sharing this experience with the readers. When asked as to what inspired the author to write this book, she said:
“The general awareness of yoga is tremendous all over the world. It is important to stay committed and maintain a consistent practice in order to reap the benefits of this tradition. Many of us may acknowledge this fact, but are not able to devote time and make an effort towards a dedicated yoga practice, for various reasons. I learnt this from my fellow students which triggered in me the desire to start writing ‘My friendship with yoga,’ from a seeker’s perspective. I also believe that yoga is not only about asana (postures), but also about a spiritual path towards self-discovery and awareness of oneself. In this context I have drawn inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita as this ancient epic brings out the nuances of ‘Yoga Saastra’ which are the Scriptures on yoga, to develop a receptive, calm and open mind that wishes to learn and evolve.”
“My friendship with yoga” is well-structured and unique in the sense that it comprises three parts.
The 1st Part is the Narrative which combines the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, wherein a selection of topics along with interesting anecdotes have been covered.
The 2nd Part has more than 80 postures with steps to attain these, guidelines, tips, techniques and benefits; keeping in mind yoga enthusiasts, beginners as well as those who have been practising yoga.
The 3rd Part consists of the much desired weekly practice schedule. This has been written sequentially with clear instructions to enhance one’s practice.
In the Foreword, Swami Vimalanandaji Maharaj, President of the Divine Life Society, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh mentions:
“This book contains practical hints on yoga and has been written in such simple and lucid language that everyone can easily understand and apply the principles in their day to day life.”
Prashant Iyengar from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, describes:
“This book is a significant contribution to modern literature in Yoga. It is indeed a commendable effort to cater millions of Yoga aspirants of all ages and skill levels. The author has shared her thoughts and experiences from her Yoga practices and has adopted a very lucid style which is praise worthy.”
The author, Revathi Raj Iyer, is a freelance writer, book reviewer, company director, service volunteer and yoga/fitness enthusiast. A long stint in Fiji Islands is where she began to learn yoga, pursued the training in New Zealand and continues her passion after moving back to India. She lives in Ahmedabad and is working on her second book.
Report by: U Atreya Sarma, Editor (News & Events) based on inputs received.
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