Announcing our Yoga Assists book!

February 25, 2013 - Web Editors Note: The print version of the Yoga Assists book (in all its forms) is now available through our online shop! Follow these links to order an ebook version:

Jivamukti Yoga teachers are renowned throughout the world as exemplifying the techniques of hands-on assists for yoga asanas. For years Sharon and I have taught other people these techniques, and have always felt that we should compile our thoughts and insights into a book. We are super excited to announce the publication of our new book Yoga Assists. On January 29th it will be available For Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play.

This book is a complete visual and inspirational guide to yoga asana assists. Each of the catagories of asanas are included with several photographs and illustrations to deepen your understanding of the essential energetic alignment and the relationship to the physical body, as well as how to respond with touch to that alignment. The affirmations of Master Shantideva contain the keys for understanding the true nature of Yoga Assists.

Every single harm that comes in this
Entire world, every fear that comes,
And so too
Every pain that ever comes,
Comes from grasping to myself;
What use for me then is this,
The single greatest demon?
It's something very wrong to look
With eyes belonging to another
And work for only my own goals.
It's wrong as well to look with eyes
Working for them, and to do
Something that's not right.
-Master Shantideva

The iBooks design is interactive in many helpful ways and even includes 4 Yoga Assist videos (Digital downloads of all the Yoga Assists videos are also available in our shop). Yoga Assists will also be available as a Print On Demand book that you can open up on the floor and work with.

Trikonasana page in Yoga Assists by David Life & Sharon Gannon

We have been working on this book for an embarrassingly long period of time, but it was worth it. We are confident that you won’t be disappointed.

It took a very long time to determine how to illustrate the energetic and physical aspects of each posture. It was very easy to cross the boundary line of TMI, (Too Much Information) and the result would obfuscate rather than illustrate. We resolved to use a fairly simple and linear description that resonates with crystalline structure and formation, all the time realizing that structure is merely the distillation of many complicated and unusual interacting forces.

The photos are clear and meant to disclose skin tension and muscle actions without drama or acrobatics. Taken together the photos and the illustrations will give anyone wishing to have a better understanding of the energetic aspects of asana some great visuals to ponder and incorporate into their practice and their teaching.


25 March, 2013 - 08:46

This book is only apple store U.S why? I want like buy iPad version.

Kali Empl

9 March, 2013 - 17:39

Okay, I am finally convinced I need to get with the program and buy a Nook or Kindle or whatever. ;-)
So happy this book is available now, I am really looking forward to reading and learning. Thanks so much for all your efforts & dedication to your students!

David Life

19 February, 2013 - 19:51

It's great to hear that you are finding the book.
We really believe that the book will be good for beginning yoga students as well as teachers because of the illustrations showing the rudimentary energetic alignment. There are great books and videos out there on the various approaches and techniques for giving assist, but very little in the way of structural cues telling what to align the body to. These visuals should help even a beginner to understand what they are going to experience when they align with the primordial forces.

Someone ask why the BIG type? Well, we thought if you could put the book on the floor next to the person you are working with, then you should be able to read the type from a distance!

Olga Oskorbina

8 February, 2013 - 12:20

Got the book on Ipad and it's really really great! The images enlarge, it's easy to use it on Ipad. Full of super helpful information and even has short videos! Definitely recommend for teachers and practitioners.


2 February, 2013 - 15:57

There will be a print on demand version available soon. No plans for a Mac computer version, but the ipad version is amazing.

Claudia Z. Lopez

31 January, 2013 - 15:31

I wanted to buy the IBook on the ITunes Store, but it is available only for IPad. Will it be available to be viewed on a Mac? Thank you!


28 January, 2013 - 19:29

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Looking forward to the release, and will be sure to spread the word far and wide. Thank you for such a valuable resource!

Jeanine Munyeshul...

19 January, 2013 - 23:39

thank you!!!

Olga Oskorbina

18 January, 2013 - 22:42

Looking forward to January 29th! This book will be very helpful for those of us who are teaching far from New York and other centers and therefore don't receive a lot of hands-on assists. Thank You!

David Life

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