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YOGA GUIDE

100Answers for improving your health of body, mind and spirit (Authored by Seungyong Lee)

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Ⅰ. The Purpose of this book
『Yoga guide』 is a book easily explaining orthodox Yoga and meditation, and the principles of natural health through 100 questions and answers on the methods for controlling the body and soul. The Korean version of the book was first published in 2007 with the title 『Become an independent force for your body』. At the time of the publication, this book played an important role in correcting the misconception on yoga as a fitness training method for losing weight and implying that 'the right orthodox yoga is the science of life and philosophy as a comprehensive fulfilling system including respiratory training and meditation as well as exercise of yoga'. Therefore, it offered the right understanding on orthodox yoga to first comers while helping skilled experts to improve their body and soul in correct and safe way and presenting a guide to yoga teachers by suggesting the right teaching methods. Then a revised book was published in 2012, and 『Yoga guide』 is English version of this book. The writer decided to publish English version for many foreigners practicing Yoga at the institutions established and managed by him including the Hongik Yoga Institute, the Hongik Yoga Association and International Meditation Center Nae-aneui Ddeul, and for the foreign disciples who teach Yoga in their own countries including Canada and Poland. The book is expected to become an excellent guide for foreign readers who are interested in Korean culture and Yoga, and the natural ways of maintaining health.

Ⅱ. Recommendation
This book is a must read not only for Korean yogis but for all yogis over the world; it should be the motto for yoga, and should be kept close at hand at all times. -Euibeom Won(Honorary professor in Indian philosophy major at Dongguk University)

Ⅲ. Main Contents
1. What is Yoga? provides a basic information and theoretical foundation about yoga, meditation and natural health. For example, the chapter gives detailed answers to the following questions. Q. It is my first day of yoga practice. Are there any precautions that I should keep in mind?
Q. As a man, I am a little bit hesitant to do yoga because it seems like it is more for women.
Q. I’ve heard that the diet is basically macrobiotic. Does it have enough calories for an average adult?
Q. I see people making strange movements on TV or in the books doing yoga. Can people with a stiff body do yoga?
Q. Is it more effective to do yoga along with general sports?
Q. Ins’t it necessary for the methods of yoga practice to be modernized from its thousands of years of history?
Q. Does yoga have a certain religious creed or is it related to a certain religion?

2.Actual Practice of Orthodox Yoga present the correct concept about yoga asana, breathing, meditation and spiritual world which ordinary people have wrong prejudice or likely to be dazed. Furthermore, guides the right way for those practicing yoga for health and spiritual exercise. For instance, it answers the following questions.
Q. What should I do with a short breath while exercising yoga postures?
Q. What do I have to do when my back bends over while doing breathing practice?
Q. When I feel uncomfortable with my nose within breathing practice, can I breath through my mouth?
Q. Some emphasize kumbhak respiration for awakening Kundalini.
Q. How should I take various phenomena, such as receiving a divine message, having hallucinations, or hearing things and feeling an indefinable sensation while I mediate?
Q. How can I detach myself from distractions while meditating?

3. Spirits of Yoga Practice yoga should not be considered to be a way of diet or one of many different exercises, and physical health and spiritual health lie in the balance of Yin-Yang. For the reason, it also emphasizes that the recent meditation, healing and spiritual exercises must not be used as an escape from reality. Moreover, it urges that yoga teachers at work or yoga teachers-to-be should take yoga not for a mere vocation but for a calling and thoroughly practice yoga in daily life to be lively and competitive. Therefore, it answers the following questions.
Q. How can I see if I’m taking the right path for practice?
Q. What kind of attitude should a yoga teacher have for further advances?

4. Yoga in This Land Where I Stand is Global warns that many people recall India when thinking about 'Yoga' and some of them are inclined for Indian ways forgetting their roots. Furthermore, the author pays attention to the similarities between yoga and genuine Korean spirit and culture, and conducts study on them. In addition to that, the author mentions that he has actually produced foreign yoga teachers and performed activities such as workshops in overseas countries. Through the study and activities, he has proved that the idea of 'Yoga in This land Where I Stand is Global' is being realized in the real world and instills into the many teachers the sense of confidence where they can do it.
Q. You stated that Korean traditional thoughts have philosophical principles similar to those of yoga.
Q. You said we need to practice Karma Yoga to overcome our natural constitution and to make the power of yoga become our own. What is Karma Yoga concretely?

Ⅳ. Contents
Preface
1. What is Yoga?
   A. This and That of Yoga Practice
   B. Yoga Basics for Beginners
   C. Philosophical Principles of Yoga
2. Actual Practice of Orthodox Yoga
   A. Exercising Methods(Asana) in Yoga
   B. Breathing Method of Yoga(Pranayama)
   C. Meditation of Yoga
3. Spirits of Yoga Practice
   A. Teachers and Disciples
   B. Philosophy and Spirit in Practice of Hongik Yoga
   C. To Be a Good Yoga Teacher
4. Yoga in This Land Where I Stand is Global

Ⅴ. Author Introduction : Seungyong Lee
Seungyong Lee, whose real name is Kiwook Lee, has practiced and taught yoga at various yoga institutes and centers from the Himalayas, the birthplace of yoga Asia, and even across America and Europe. He established the Hongik Yoga Institute, the Hongik Yoga Association, and the international Meditation Center Nae-aneui Ddeul in order to propagate orthodox yoga and natural ways to keep fit. He has also fostered foreign yoga masters (in US, Canada, Poland, etc)

Yoga and Nature, My Life 1,2

Seungyong Lee’s Essay on Yoga and Meditation. Providing a reader clues on how to practice yoga in daily life based on author's life experiences who practiced yoga for more than 20 years (Authored by Seungyong Lee)

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RECOMMENDATION

It seems people’s lives that only headed outward are now coming inward. Though it is a small sign, it means a lot. Through this, we will rediscover a new way of life, which may be, at the same time, not new at all actually. Sensual and materialistic lives didn’t provide us with peace. It brought deficiency inside and expanded desires outside. In an infinitely busy life, we are losing ourselves and we are in conflict with others. Like light coming through a narrow crack in a window, some teachers are guiding us to the inner world. They say that we should devote ourselves to practice and, only through practice, we can obtain peace. The practice they’re saying is gradually coming as a topic of our time. Now, many people are giving themselves up to work to find true self and spiritual enlightenment. This not only is in Korea but also spreads to the entire world. We can clearly see that westerners are heading to countries like Nepal and Bhutan where there is rich spiritual and religious heritage and flourishing culture historically with well-preserved natural and living environment on a relatively pure civilization even though people there are not enjoying material affluence. Heading inward is like going back home as it is getting dark. As we can take a rest only back home, practice is also a place to offer us true rest and peace. This book presents a model for everyone who is willing to practice within their lives regardless of their gender, age or even religion. Not only does it show the author’s life and process of practice over the past 20 years, but it also contains appearances of true practice from his young disciples. Advice for lives that the teacher gives to disciples and readers feels valuable as it inspires hope and confidence so that they think they also can do it. Volume 1 introduces topics in life and his life story on how the author went into the path of practice and then shows contents of his lectures to change the concept of health and messages to disciples. In reading this book, a part for elucidating a true figure as a yoga teacher is not only applicable for yoga but for true leader figure in all areas of our society. Volume 2 conveys philosophical and ideological lessons easily which are related to yoga and our spirit in a form of letters and practice essays as if they were supposed to be sent to the general public. It is more interesting that pilgrimage essays are also included, which is rare for yoga books. The author has clarified that he would fulfill Hongik-Ingan and he is actually putting it into action. In addition, he well explains theoretically that yogic philosophy and indigenous Korean spirits are originally connected. His theories are unique but not excessive so it is possible to deeply and widely understand yoga through them. He also explains theories on natural health by using numerous examples in an interesting way, which makes people to easily apply them in their daily lives. I recommend anyone who has interest in health to read this. The author expresses equanimity as ‘equability’ and he always emphasizes it to disciples and people who learn yoga. Without the equability beyond any segregation, how else can we take the true path of life? Bodily health cannot be without mental fitness. When our mind is peaceful far from any segregation, we can naturally be healthy. He says “Yoga is consciousness-related exercise” as in Tao. Since yoga is not only bodily exercise but mental one, yoga cannot be anything but practice. The teacher is a disciplinant so the path he walks on is peaceful and still. Those who are looking for the path can just walk with him. This book is the guide book for the path we take beside him. He courteously awakens us to how to treat our body and mind. It is hard to meet a great teacher in life. You can find one with luck. This book is a gold mine in that sense. Practice hard with this book as if you dug gold out of the mine. Then you will get the gold of meeting up a great teacher.

November, 2551 as Buddha year (A.D. 2007)
Seong Jeon(Abbot of Youngmunsa Temple, The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism)

CONTENTS

Recommendation
Preface
<1> Mother, My Lifelong Topic
   Hidden Virtue of Parents
   Babe in the Woods
   The Biggest Task in My Life
   Priest, Buddhism and Connection
   Four Pillars, Eight Characters and Schopenhauer
   Power of a Baked Sweet Potato
   Mother and Udambara
   Bongsun Sitting with Vajrasana.

<2> NewConceptonHealth
   Reinterpretation on Health
   Sources for Human Food are on Heaven and Earth
   When Stomach Meets Meat
   Mechanism of Cold and Cough
   Brilliantly
   Life Being Also of Principles of Screw
   Contemplation on Vitality
   Practice to be Exact and Practical
   Yoga, Trapped in Alternative Medicine

<3> One Big Desire
   Let’s Have One Big Desire
   Study to be Done in One’s Youth
   Where to Go After Using Up This Body
   Change Yourself
   Good Cause and Positive Mind
   Ought to Have Spiritual Pride
   Devotion only to Shine in Teaching Practice
   Are You Guys Happy Now?
   Katya’s Visit to Korea ? Her Spiritual Hometown ? after 10 Years
   After the Hawaii Yoga Training
   After the Pilgrimage to Himalayas

Author Introduction : Seungyong Lee
Seungyong Lee, whose real name is Kiwook Lee, has practiced and taught yoga at various yoga institutes and centers from the Himalayas, the birthplace of yoga Asia, and even across America and Europe. He established the Hongik Yoga Institute, the Hongik Yoga Association, and the international Meditation Center Nae-aneui Ddeul in order to propagate orthodox yoga and natural ways to keep fit. He has also fostered foreign yoga masters (in US, Canada, Poland, etc)

Hatha Yoga(Ying-Yang Yoga)

Considered textbook of proper Hatha-Yoga, one of the most widely used and popular yoga for over 10 years, as we know it today. Easily explained according to our culture and spirit containing philosophical and scripture sense. The author's training voice audio-CD included. (Authored by Seungyong Lee)

Five-Elements Yoga

Practice of yoga through purifying the five elements of our being and understanding relationships between the elements based on their nature. Offering 20 different customized training programs depending on our body structure (five viscera and six entrails) and lifestyle. The author's training voice audio-CD included. (Authored by Seungyong Lee)

Yoga, the way of health and wisdom

(Authored by Seungyong Lee)

Moon, Women and Yoga

Yoga for women who all ages (Authored by HeeJoo Lee)

Easy Yoga, Peaceful and Relaxed Pregnancy

(Authored by HeeJoo Lee)

Postnatal Diet Yoga

(Authored by HeeJoo Lee)

Yoga, it's my own life style

(Authored by HeeJoo Lee)

Sitting by Guru(Mentor)

(Authored by YoungSei Jang)

Hey, clouds! do you thunderbolt also when you angry?

Zen poems and pictures by author (Authored by EuiBeom Won)

Fun Tae-Geuk(Tai-chi) Yoga for Children

(Authored by YoungSei Jang, GongJu Park)

GO and Fly Sky Yoga

Yoga for travellers at the air and the ground (Authored by KiYoung Shin)

Carolline's Yoga For Stoke

(Authored by Carolline Gwag)

when you erect your spine, you make a good grade

Yoga for teenager, especially preventing and improving of scoliosis, concentration The title means "when you erect your spine, you make a good grade", so not good forceful and excessive study for teens (Authored by YeonJoo Lee)

Follow Suit Yoga

(Authored by YoungSei Jang)