The quintessential guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching, Yoga Adjustments introduces the art and practice of providing yoga assists to yoga students. Addressing one of the most important topics in the yoga field, expert yoga instructor and best-selling author Mark Stephens covers the philosophy of yoga practice, the sensibilities of touch in teaching yoga and improving alignment, the seven principles of hands-on yoga teaching, and the twenty-five most effective methods of tactile cueing. An invaluable resource for all yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and serious yoga students, this book includes a foreword by yoga star Shiva Rea as well as over 850 unique instructional photos and explanatory captions demonstrating precise ways of guiding a variety of flowing sequences.Opening with an in-depth discussion of the philosophy of yoga assisting, Part I--Foundations describes the methods and techniques of giving yoga assistance, with detailed discussions of all of the elements of yoga assisting including communicating with students, qualities of touch, the five basic steps of providing hands-on cues, hands-on positioning and stance. Part II--Applications demonstrates how to assist students in each of over 100 postures in the seven families of asanas (poses). Each chapter begins with background on an asana family and close consideration of its foundation asana. Each asana is presented in a two-page spread with photos that show how to give students effective guidance and support. Part III--Evolution offers thoughts on the further development of yoga in the twenty-first century.
Remarkable computer-generated illustrations of the muscles used during the most popular yoga poses.
Yoga teachers and students can use this book as a visual reference to the muscles that are engaged by specific yoga poses. Each pose is shown in a full-color photograph opposite a detailed and annotated anatomical drawing that identifies the active and stabilizing muscles being used. By identifying affected muscles, practitioners can maximize the benefits of each pose and even design a personalized yoga routine that focuses on their specific problem areas.
Anatomy of Yoga explains the basics of yoga, breathing and the spine, concentrating on the body's core musculature. It covers:
- Yoga warm-up
- Standing poses
- Forward bends
- Back bends
- Seated and twisted poses
- Poses that balance arms
- Restorative poses
- Sequences, such as sun salutation
There are numerous asides, including "best for" information boxes that describe the muscles that work the most during each pose. Tip boxes give hints on safety and form and outline the target muscles for and benefits of each pose. The author also suggests creative ways to modify the intensity of an exercise.
Anatomy of Yoga is an expert guide that is extremely useful for anyone interested in enhancing a personal yoga fitness routine. It will also interest yoga instructors who want a visual aid that clearly illustrates the benefits of each exercise.
Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. Nationwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination.In The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers will learn how the health of the spine and posture affect every sustem of the body, and how yoga positions and breathing exercises benefit the circulatory system, the heart and other vital organs, relieve menopausal symptoms, and remove stiffness and inertia from the body. In this comprehensive guide, Iyengar yoga expert Suza Francina describes and illustrates how to begin and maintain a yoga program through personal stories and over 100 easy-to-follow instructional photos of older teachers and students.
In silence, ask the questions. Who am I? Why am I here?Yoga: The Secret of Lifeis a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and text this fine art book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today's leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit. The photographs are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850s. With the use of a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens, glass plates are hand coated to produce one of a kind ambrotype images. The collodion process transcends us to another place, another time. When light and chemistry collide we enter a mysterious world where art and science meet and the alchemy reveals itself. The photographs take on another dimension with the spoken words that accompany them. The text provides an intimate and enlightening account of each person's personal journey. Beyond the physical posturesYoga: The Secret of Lifedelves deep into the purpose of our existence and how to live a happy and fulfilled life. It explores understanding who we truly are, why we are here, and what our ultimate purpose is on this planet. Included are world renowned yogis Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh Kaur Khasla, Sri Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Tao-Porchon Lynch, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn and Rodney Yee.
YOGANo puedo pensar en ning n libro mejor para reomendar a un amigo que empieza a entusiamarse con el yoga, pero que est desconcertado por la abundancia de diferentes escuelas y sus ense anzas, contradictorias a veces. Adem s, me ver a en apuros para pensar en u libro que pudiera recomendar m s ampliamente a cualquier estudiante de yoga, que busca profundizar m s en esta pr ctica. . . . El gran regalo de El coraz n del yoga no radica simplemente en la profundidad del aprendizaje de Desikachar, sino en la compasi n, la gentileza, el sentido pr ctico y el esp ritu realista que impregna este libro.
Yoga Journal Lea este libro de principio a fin y empezar a entender de qu se trata el yoga.
--The Sunday Times Quienes est n interesados en entender lo que es el yoga, aquellos que buscan un contexto m s extenso y se enfocan en su pr ctica hatha, aquellos que buscan el Yoga Sutra como un gu a y todos aquellos directa o indierectamente, han amado y recibido alg n beneficio de Krishnamacharya o Desikachar, desear n tener este libro.
--Yoga International Una valiosa fuente de informaci n sobre la teor a y pr ctica del yoga. Indispensable para estudiantes y maestros por igual.
--Indra Devi, autora de Yoga for You Sri Tirmalai Krishnamacharya, quien vivi m s de 100 a os, fue uno de los m s grandes yoguis de la era moderna. Los elementos de su ense anza se han difundido por todo el mundo, gracias a los trabajos de B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois e Indra Devi, en sus primeros a os, fueron alumnos de Krishnamacharya. Su hijo T.K.V. Desikachar vivi y estudi con l toda su vida y ahora ense a la gama total del yoga de Krishnamacharya y tiene como base las ense anzas fundamentales de su padre, donde se sostiene que las pr cticas se deben adaptar continuamente a las necesidades cambiantes del individuo, para lograr el m ximo valor terap utico. En El coraz n del yoga Desikachar ofrece una s ntesis del sistema de su padre y su propio acercamiento pr ctico, que describe como un programa para la espina, a cualquier nivel, f sico, mental y espiritual. Este es el primer texto sobre yoga, que da una idea general de la seuencia, paso a paso, para desarrollar una pr ctica completa de acuerdo a los antiguos principios del yoga. Desikachar discute todos los elementos del yoga-posturas y contraposturas, respiraci n consciente, meditaci n y filosof a-y muestra al estudiante de yoga c mo debe desarrollar una pr ctica que se ajuste a su estado actual de salud, su edad ocupaci n y estilo de vida. Krishnamacharya daba al Yoga Sutra de Pata jali un valor muy alto. En este libro se incluy en su totalidad, con la traducci n y comentarios de Desikachar. A la segunda edici n de El coraz n del Yoga se agreg el Yoga jalisaram, treinta y dos poemas compuestos por Krishnamacharya que capturan la esencia de sus ense anzas y a n m s, hacen de El coraz n del yoga un hito en la transmisi n del yoga, de los antiguos maestros al mundo moderno. Un ingeniero estructural te rico, T.K.V. Desikachar vivi y estudi con su padre hasta la muerte de ste en 1989. Ha dedicado su vida a la ense anza del yoga a personas de todas condiciones y niveles de habilidad, y en la actualidad ense a en la escuela fundada en memoria de su padre en Madr s, as como en Europa, los Estados Unidos, Australia y Nueva Zelandia.
Yoga 365 presents a year's worth of daily readings that invite yoga lovers of every skill level to bring the inspiration they experience on their mats into their everyday lives. Each entry explores a mind-body theme such as balance, strength, and resilience in a short, illuminating paragraph that can be enjoyed in the morning or at bedtime, incorporated into a yoga session, or read on the go. Featuring a serenely beautiful hardcover and a spacious, color-washed interior, the package is as calming in the hand as the readings are to the eye. Yogis will find it to be a motivating tool for personal growth and a lighthearted, gift-worthy way to share the joys of their practice with others.
Features a 45-minute DVD and the bestselling book Pilates on the Ball- Includes a visual demonstration of selected exercises from the Pilates ball workout described in detail in the accompanying book In her bestselling book Pilates on the Ball, certified Pilates trainer Colleen Craig combines the effectiveness of the Pilates workout with the unique capabilities of the Swiss exercise ball, providing an innovative and low-impact way to stay fit. Now she offers a DVD in which numerous exercises from the book are demonstrated, accompanied by Craig's vocal coaching that explains each step of the exercises. While the book Pilates on the Ball contains over 160 photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, many users prefer to see the exercises demonstrated live in real time. The accompanying DVD allows readers to see exactly how to position the body throughout each phase of the exercise and also to see what pitfalls can occur and how to easily prevent them. Most important of all, the DVD allows the user to follow along as if in a class setting. The Pilates on the Ball book and DVD workout shows users of all levels of fitness how to maximize the use of the ball in order to increase athletic performance, build long lean muscles, and tone the abdominal core. The DVD allows readers to take the exercises to new levels of understanding and effectiveness as they put the exercises contained in the book into practice.
National BestsellerTen years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love. Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good--even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife--and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy. Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read--because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.
Take the natural path to mental wellnessMore than 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depressing as the symptoms they're meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution--one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace. Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life's traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with severe depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine.
Yoga for Depression is the first yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment of these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.