I'm finally going to call this one finished. It isn't, of course, because I keep referring to it and will continue to do so.
What I liked about this one:
- brief, but informative background information, even if philosophy is not in depth
- asanas are divided into sections (standing, balancing, inverted, twisting, etc.)
- excellent photographs
- postures are shown step by step
- both English and Sanskrit names for the asanas are included
- drishti (where the eyes should focus)
- physical & mental benefits for each pose
- gentle variations & more advanced variations
I've been through all of the poses (although some of the advanced versions are still beyond my ability) and have used this book in conjunction with some of the others books on yoga that I'm reading. When I have a question, I look it up in one of the other books, but the photographs and information in HYI are excellent.
It does not include the pronunciations for the Sanskrit poses, but one of the other books does. Yoga Anatomy and Yoga as Medicine (still in progress) are much more detailed about complicated anatomical aspects and medical benefits of poses, but HYI is the best book for learning over 70 asanas. It is suitable for basic and advanced practitioners, has clear, easy to read info and instructions, and marvelous, helpful photos. Great learning and reference tool.
Nonfiction. Yoga. 2006. 232 pages.