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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press; First edition (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930485042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930485044
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2004
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This is a wonderful yoga book for those just beginning to practice yoga, intermediate practitioners who would like to enhance their practice, or those looking to make the transition from yoga student to yoga teacher. For each of the poses described, author Judith Lasater suggests variations, offers tips on alignment, and provides information for how teachers can work with their students on the pose. As an advanced beginner, I even found reading the sections intended for teachers to be useful, as it gave me ideas about how to make changes in my own practice. At the end of the book, the author describes various ways to incorporate the postures into a daily practice, from a short practice to practices for each day of the week to practices to meet specific needs (eg, for energy, for relaxation). Judith is an excellent instructor, and I only wish that she had illustrated the poses herself (I found the model used throughout the book to be a bit severe-looking). Still, this book is a must-have for starting or adding to a yoga library.
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Although there is no shortage of books written on yoga by talented people, this book is unique in its reader-friendly display of information and illustration. The author strived to organize the book in a style that calming and soothing to both the eyes and the mind. Each pose spans five or so pages, starting with a full-page photograph, description of the pose, its sequencing, benefits, cautions, variations, teachers' notes, and 3 to 4 photographs that show how the pose is performed. The fine choice of soft colors for the text and photos eases the task of reading the book and understanding its message.

The thirty poses constitute the foundation of yoga stretching and strengthening. They fall into standing poses (such as mountain, tree, triangles, warriors, side and forward bends, and lunges), lying down poses (such as cobra, bow, elevated legs, lying twist, and relaxation poses), seated poses (such as seated twist, hero-heroine, seated angle, child, and meditation poses), head and shoulder stands, up-plank, and bridges. These are also included in seven days plan at the end of the book. For regional anatomical therapy, the author had added a detailed section on "Theme Practice" that categorizes various poses for the lower back, hips and hamstrings, upper back, balance, strength, energy, fatigue, and relaxation.

Like many talented yoga practitioners, the author chose her photographs thoroughly to demonstrate the emphasized angles and posture of the body. This has greatly conveyed invaluable visual information that could hardly have been expressed by words in such memorizable manner.

For the price of $22.95 you are getting great lessons on getting and staying fit, learning the art of planning practical and safe yoga training, and enjoying a well written and designed book.

Mohamed F. El-Hewie,
Author of
"Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training".
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I have been practicing yoga for close to five years and teaching for less than one. This book is the best instructional yoga guide I have ever seen. The asana directions and descriptions are clear and concise, the variations are good and the anatomical focus notes for teachers are also excellent for students. If I were going to recommend one yoga reference book, this would be it.
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I bought this on my kindle, but would have much rather bought a hard-copy of it. The kindle version leaves something to be desired. The book has a lot of pictures, and it's hard to actually tell which picture goes to which posture because they're scattered everywhere or take up an entire page by themselves. Does the picture illustrate the posture on the page before or the page after it? If you're a newcomer to Yoga (the intended audience of this book) you won't know unless you look up the postures somewhere else first. Seems kind of weird as this is what the book should be instructing on to begin with.

Other than that, it was a good book.
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Have had this for a week or so and have been slowly looking through it and learning new things. I am familiar with most of the poses but have not been a regular practitioner. Each pose has about 4-5 pages with good sized, clear pictures as well as simple descriptions of correct form, proper breathing and physical benefits. It's definitely not about how many poses one can cram into 15 or more minutes or how fast you can do them, or how strong you are, it's about being aware of what you're doing as you're doing it.
As a 65 year old with a low level of fitness, this book gives me the confidence that I can actually become skilled in the poses and develop my fitness to a good level. I also attend a yoga class designed for older people. Even though the activity level in the book can be fast, medium or slow, depending on your needs, it's a useful book for anyone. I practiced this morning for 15 minutes slowly and my muscles feel it!
I'm glad I decided to get this based on the other reviews as I think this will be a good reference for a long time! And certainly less expensive than a private lesson.
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Not exactly what I expected. Good descriptions but I don't think most older or inflexible people could do most of the modified poses. Lost of poses with blankets and pillows. I bought book to review then to give to my dad who wants to try yoga out. Not beginner enough. First pose described is Mountain Pose but the photo on the left hand side is Standing Side Bend? There is a pic on the next pg of Mountain but a beginner is already throw by the bent mountain. And strangely, Standing Side Bend is never addressed in the book anywhere. Another one for my shelf...
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