From Publishers Weekly
The people depicted in the photographs used throughout this effective, easy-to-follow guide are neither super-skinny nor overly muscled; one has gray hair, one is pregnant, one's tummy bulges over his waistband. Clearly addressing ordinary folk, Christensen breaks down each of her 20-minute practices into two minutes of breathing, two minutes of slow warm-up and eight minutes each of exercise and meditation. All the routines provide full-body toning. Some are very gentle. Several are quite challenging. Christensen suggests that meditation enhances one's ability to be in the moment and to concentrate. Her well-designed approach, explained in lucid, focused prose, allows readers to refer easily to what they need. Readers seeking help with certain positions, those interested in the philosophical basis of yoga or those seeking friendly support and advice will find that information here.
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The most common excuse for not exercising is lack of time, in spite of the fact that most health experts will attest to the beneficial effects of short workouts conducted on a regular basis. Yoga, a wonderfully adaptable discipline, is a perfect candidate for this focused approach to exercise. Christensen, head of the American Yoga Association, explains how yoga strengthens the body and calms the mind, then offers a pleasingly straightforward guide to developing an efficient yoga workout. After an informative introductory section, a variety of 20-minute routines are presented with step-by-step instructions and photographs as well as tips on how to fit a yoga practice into a busy schedule and how to get the most out of each session. All of the workouts are designed to decrease stress and increase balance, strength, flexibility, and energy, but many are aimed at easing specific discomforts, such as PMS, back and neck problems, asthma, high blood pressure, and weight problems. This is a sound and practical introduction to yoga, an avenue to health and well-being that is attracting more interest than ever. Recommended for most public-library health collections Donna Seaman