With more asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, the second edition of Yoga Anatomy provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.
From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.
Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource--one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.
With Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition, authors Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, both internationally recognized experts and teachers in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork, have created the ultimate reference for yoga practitioners, instructors, and enthusiasts alike.
His first narrative was confined to the Poosey Ridge area of Madison County, Kentucky.The sequel goes “beyond” the borders written about in the first book and includes other areas hence, the title “Beyond The Hills That Beckon.”
This writing differs by focusing on other families and events in the region rather than only the authors family.
The reader will be reintroduced to the Poosey Ridge location from a perspective not addressed in “The Hills That Beckon.”
Boost your energy levels.
Kia Meaux has devised an imaginative and invigorating program based on the sun Salutes of Ashtanga yoga. It encourages you to get your body moving in a series of flowing, controlled postures specifically designed to work every part of the body. Starting with gentle warm-ups, you move to an active and energizing phase to get your heart pumping and your body jumping, followed by a series of soothing cool-downs--so be prepared to sweat and then relax!
Benefit from expert guidance.
Kia's extensive teaching experience means that she is able to explain how to get maximum benefit from the athletic postures and graceful Sun Salutes, how to substitute less challenging alternatives where necessary, and how to avoid common errors. If you are aiming for all-round fitness, this is the ideal workout.
A basic grounding in the principles and practice of the most intensive workout for body, mind, and spirit.
In More Joy of Yoga, Silverman now lays out a series of warm-ups, yoga postures, and stretches to lead to specific intermediate and advanced yoga postures. This follow-up will bring readers more poses in the style format they loved so much in the first, but will be organized by the part of the body that receives the most benefit from each sequence.
Also included are brief discussions about how each body part is related to different emotions. While working with More Joy of Yoga, students will not only advance to more difficult yoga postures, but also advance to the next level of connecting their body and emotions to their yoga practice.
If your yoga practice is giving you more stress than stress relief, Cool Yoga Tricks is the answer to your prayers.
Although it seems like everyone from Madonna to your eighty-three-year-old Uncle Teddy is practicing yoga, most of us are unable to do even the simplest classic yoga poses without undue stress and strain. Now in this clear, understandable, easy-to-follow book, Miriam Austin offers alternative yoga routines that help you reap the greatest rewards from your yoga practice, and she reveals shortcuts to help you perform yoga like a pro.
Using everyday items, such as chairs, walls, and blankets, Miriam Austin shows how those of us with normal flexibility limitations can experience the very real benefits of yoga—without dislocating our joints, overstretching our muscles, or giving up in frustration. She makes the basics simple, doable, and down-to-earth.
Dog Tricks—lengthen your spine more fully with these Downward Facing Dog tricks, designed to relax your neck, shoulders, and back—and make your Dog Pose much more lovable.
Befriending Backbends—increase your preztebility with a little help from your friends—and from some garden-variety folding chairs.
Tweaking Your Twists—learn the techniques that will stretch your spine and give you more life energy.
Super Stretches—feel as limber as your average bowling ball? Gently coax your muscles to new lengths by practicing the routines in this chapter.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
- sports participants and recreational exercisers who are keen to achieve a level of flexibility that will enhance their performance
- sports coaches and fitness instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of this often neglected component of physical fitness
- sport and exercise therapists who use stretching as an important part of a balanced rehabilitation programme
A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. Now in its 4th edition, The Complete Guide to Stretching provides an accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than 70 exercises designed to safely increase range of motion right across the body.
Full colour photographs demonstrate the stretches throughout.
So why integrate Western science into the ancient art of Hatha Yoga? Because scientific techniques enable you to intelligently design your practice and give you confidence in your teaching. Hatha Yoga works with the body and Western science understands how the body works.
For example, suppose you want to deepen a backbend such as Urdhva Dhanurasana. Knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology enable you to predictably do this. Or if you’re a teacher and a student comes to you with lower back discomfort in Camel Pose, you can use the abdominal “air bag” effect discussed in this book and often address the problem quickly and easily. Similarly, if you wish to deepen twists for yourself or your students, design your practice to involve physiological techniques such as facilitated stretching that will release and lengthen the muscles that inhibit turning the trunk. Many of these solutions would not be obvious, or would even be counterintuitive, unless you knew how to apply scientific principles to yoga. This book explains these techniques in detail, with their practical application for backbends and twists.
Spare no effort in searching out areas of resistance in your yoga poses. If your body is stiff, use the physiological techniques described in the Mat Companion series to lengthen muscles, break through barriers, and gain flexibility. If your body is flexible, then work with the bandhas described here to increase your strength.
Painter and sculptor George Braque once said, “Art disturbs, science reassures.” The idea is that art takes one out of a comfort zone and into new experiences. Science provides grounding and stability. Yoga poses are like physical sculptures that take you out of your comfort zone. Scientific techniques are the sculpting tools that allow you to do this with intelligence and precision.