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20-Minute Yoga Workouts Paperback – June 24, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine; 1 edition (June 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345388453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345388452
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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Easy, step- by- step instructions with large, informative pictures.
Lauren Bee
This book is great for the busy person who really wants to include a full yoga experience in their daily life.
Gail Page
I am recommending my friends and family get this book because everyone has 20 minutes to spare.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I love to do yoga but can never find the time. I needed a routine that was comprehensive, but efficient. This is it. It's a routine divided into 2 minutes of breathing, 2 minutes of warm-up, 8 minutes yoga and 8 minutes of meditation. The pictures and text are instructive. I've incorporated the warm-up into all my practices. The actual yoga routine is thorough but gets to the point. The book includes alternative routines to help you avoid boredom. It includes tips for yoga at work, women's issues, etc. I really like this book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
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This book was my introduction to yoga, and it gave me a very solid foundation to grow from. The poses are all explained in detail, and the book features different workouts for different needs, for example, back pain or PMS. I have now given the book to my mother, who has benefitted from it greatly. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start doing yoga.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
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This book will do the trick. Yoga results do not occur overnight. However, begin practicing some of the poses/exercises in this book & within 3-4 months you will notice a marked difference in your appearance & attitude. Stress management is also accomplished through regular Yoga practice. There is a section on toning & shaping, as well as a sectoin for PMS. Alice also includes anecdotes & learnings from her lifetime experiences with & through Yoga.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Page on October 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is great for the busy person who really wants to include a full yoga experience in their daily life. The author breaks the 20 minute workout into a 2 minute breath section, 3 minute warmup section, 8 minute yoga posture section, and an 8 minute relaxation/meditation section. It offers a basic workout, a challenging one, plus specialized workouts for during pregnancy, for athletes, for people with low back pain, and more.

I learned the basic workout in parts, since learning it takes much longer than the time to do it once you learn it. Take the time to read the instructions carefully and check your body's position while learning the postures because this is critical to a successful and satisfying practice. Remember to only stretch as far as you can comfortably go. Don't push... patience is rewarded with flexibility, impatience with possible injury.

If possible, schedule this workout for a time when you can extend it if you feel like it. I guarantee you will want to, because it makes you feel so good! Really helps with how your body feels (more flexible and stronger and energetic) and how your mind feels (calmer, more focused, more motivated). Since I did want to extend my practice sometimes, I added postures from another great book, Yoga for 50+.

It is so worth it to add yoga and breathwork and meditation to your life; the rewards are great and many. This book can help you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "genebug" on May 14, 2000
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I was skeptical, but this book is great. Easy to read and understand, and well thought out. I am recommending my friends and family get this book because everyone has 20 minutes to spare. I think this book will help to change my life for the better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YogaGurl on June 11, 2010
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I feel a bit silly writing this review as this book is so old it is not even in print but just because a book is old does not mean it is not worthwhile.

This is such a book.

I did a routine today and let me tell you, it was one of the best yoga sessions I have ever had. Why? I normally like fast and energetic (or "flowing") yoga in the morning but today I was feeling frenetic and wanted to do it to feel better mentally as well as less tense physically.

And it worked. I did the breathing exercises, then went thru each session and I started feeling better and better. At the end, I felt really renewed and got inspired to re visit and practice pranayams regularly. Breathing exercises are a wonderful tool to feel happier.

Although I know the benefits of pranayama I rarely take the time to do it. I usually just want to start exercising immediately and get my yoga over for the day so I can start my day. I am so eager to start my day I have little patience for the breathing. But today, I was reminded of how beneficial the breathing is. It left me feeling sublime.

There is a lot to say for easy and slow yoga. I am used to harder more advanced workouts but lately I am really enjoying doing yoga slowly and mindfully. It doesn't have to be hard to get wonderful benefits. In fact, going slowly made me want to do more in the long run. At first your mind won't want to do it...it may feel like a chore or boring (like I felt today when I started, I only wanted the benefits) but once you start you wont' want to stop! That is how I felt today. I first wanted to ONLY do the 20 minutes to see how I would feel and guess what? Once I started and did the exercises slowly and mindfully I didn't want to stop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Setter on April 15, 2008
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This is good read for those unsure about practicing yoga. I like this book the way it is written for the time-strapped westerner. Easy-to-follow explanations and demonstrations. There are even chapters on seated yoga, women's issues and yoga during pregnancy. Almost anyone one can enjoy the benefits of yoga following this book. This is not suppose to be an in-depth study of yoga. But, rather it is designed to get you started and get some benefits for those not ready to commit. Worth the cost. I have had the book for over 8 years and still refer to it. Good job.

Doug Setter, Bsc
Author of Stomach Flattening and One Less Victim: A Prevention Guide
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