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Iyengar Yoga for All: Interactive Yoga Guide with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar

Written by two of the twentieth century's most influential teachers, this CD-ROM lets you program your own class using 23 postures, then play it like a video.

By Richard Rosen

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This CD-ROM is a joint effort by two of the most influential teachers of the twentieth century, B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta Iyengar. Instruction is divided into six "modules": Iyengar, How to Use This CD-ROM, Introduction to Yoga, asanas, Yoga Class, and Restorative Asanas.

The How to Use This CD-ROM and Introduction to Yoga modules consist simply of written instructions, advice, and biographical snippets that could have been just as easily included in the user's manual. The Restorative module could also have been omitted: Though it lists 30 ailments, there's no practical information about treating them therapeutically, just a message advising you to work only with a certified teacher.

The Iyengar module gives you a chance to experience the style of Mr. Iyengar, with 32 short talks on yoga and meditation, but the Asana module is the heart of the presentation. Divided into two sections, "instruction" and "videos," it presents 23 postures, expertly modeled.

Yoga Class lets you program your own class (within the limits of the 23 postures in Asana) and then play it like a video. Very creative, and much more flexible than a regular video, but who wants to practice in front of the computer? In my biased opinion, the Iyengar-based asana instruction, in its extraordinary detail and insight, has no equal anywhere. But why not put it on an audiotape, which is cheaper and handier to bring into the practice room?

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