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Hatha Yoga for Teachers and Practicioners


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Ram Jain Ram is Founding Director of the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams (India and The Netherlands). Within the last 10 years, the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams have become renowned internationally for their professional yoga teacher training courses, and have up to present trained over 1,500 yoga teachers from all over the world. Born in New Delhi, India, in a traditional and spiritual family, his yoga and Vedic philosophy education started at the age of eight years as a part of his primary school education. He has in-depth knowledge of classical Hatha Yoga and is also well versed in ancient Indian scriptures. During his 19 years of teaching career, he has worked with various anatomy and physiology experts and has developed unique teaching, adjustment, and modification techniques. Presently, he is the lead teacher for various teacher training programs, ranging from Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, to Meditation and Yoga Nidra. He teaches for several months a year in India and the rest of the year in the Netherlands, where he also lives with his wife and two children. Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain Kalyani was born and raised in Switzerland. Since early adolescence she has been fascinated by art, bodywork, the body-mind connection, and alternative therapies. Following her strong inclination for art and physical expression she emigrated to the Netherlands at the age of 19 to study Modern Dance. Soon after she was exposed to the teachings and practice of yoga and was immediately mesmerized. The mother of two children now, she has been teaching yoga for 10 years, training yoga teachers for more than six years at the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams in India and the Netherlands. Starting off with physical challenges, she transformed her body, mastering many advanced asanas with her regular practice and discipline. By following a diligent self-practice, working with many different teachers, styles, and techniques, she gained a profound understanding of physiology and movement techniques. This, in combination with her extensive teaching experience, gave her an understanding of the importance of structure and sequencing for a holistic yoga asana practice.


"Ram and Kalyani have compiled a wonderful and comprehensive presentation honoring ancient principles of classical yoga, while also speaking in a language appropriate to the present day. Ram's expertise comes from years of being steeped in the original culture of yoga as a way of life and philosophy far transcending a simple form of stretching and exercise. This book is a welcome tool for anyone interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of practicing or teaching yoga in its classical form." - David Swenson, author of Ashtanga Yoga - The Practice Manual"As a yoga instructor and editorial director of, a leading yoga publication, this is one of the most comprehensive guides to yoga and sequencing that I've seen. Hatha Yoga For Teachers and Practitioners breaks down the practice, the science behind it, the chakra system and the asanas in a way that's incredibly in-depth yet completely approachable. A valuable resource for any yogi, Hatha Yoga should be a requirement in all yoga teacher trainings." - Ashton August, founder and editorial director of"This must be the most complete overview of Hatha Yoga that I have ever read. It's about the meaning, the history, the physiology, and the practice of Hatha Yoga. All written very clearly and comprehensively. It's a real asset for our bookshelf!"- Heleen Peverelli, editor in chief of Yoga Magazine Netherlands"This is the best book about yoga that I have ever read; it's practical and to the point. It provides sound knowledge on the physiological effects of practicing yoga, helping the western mind to understand why yoga works. I enjoyed the simplicity and clarity of the writing, making it very easy to read and understand. It also provides a step-by-step guide on asanas and how to create asana sequences that work. The perfect guide to have at hand for teachers as well as self-practitioners." - Maria Aguirregomozcorta, M.D. Neurology, yoga teacher"Easy to understand but far more illuminative than other books on yoga, Hatha Yoga for Teachers and Practitioners is a must-read for yoga teachers of all styles. It's scientific while still honoring the spirituality of yoga, and offers little-known wisdom that you can only learn in the best yoga teacher training program. When it comes to learning how to actually teach Hatha Yoga, no other book compares." - Julie Bernier, yoga teacher and registered ayurvedic practitioner, author of Yoga for Health and Happiness"A very important book. This approach will give the teacher or ardent practitioner a well-grounded way to format their practice. Chakra-based sequencing provides a yogic understanding of asana that moves beyond the gross, dense or superficial. I highly recommend it!" - Nathan Anderson, lead yoga teacher trainer at Yoga NOHO, Los Angeles"It was a pleasure to read this book, as it creates a bridge between the traditional Indian understanding of what Yoga is and how this old wisdom can be of great use in our modern lives. This book is built up with great clarity and structure and each asana is described in detail, including its benefits as well as contraindications. I am convinced that this book will open many minds to the value that a traditional yoga practice can bring to our lives." - Dagmar Schoendorf, M.D., acupuncturist and medical psychotherapist"Hatha Yoga for Teachers and Practitioners is a comprehensive tool for students as well as teachers. I like to think of it as an encyclopedia to the Hatha Yoga practice."- Helena Schouenborg, yoga teacher, addiction & health counselor

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