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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: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.

Her yoga training includes study with B.K.S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times (Rodmell Press), the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga.

Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

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The poses are well-illustrated and easy to follow.
D. Buchanan
As an experienced yoga teacher, I recommend this book to beginning students all the time.
Sarah M. Kilpatrick
I decided to get this book so I can learn more yoga moves at home.
Lourdes

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed F. El-Hewie on March 26, 2005
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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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2006
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 31, 2012
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tina on January 3, 2009
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I am in love with this book! I have discovered yoga about one year ago and I instantly fell in love with the whole concept. Since then, I have discovered some really great yoga books, but I have to say that the Rodmell series of yoga books is one of the best I have ever seen.

30 Essential Yoga Poses is another entry into the genre that is absolutely perfect for us yoga students who have some good basic yoga fundamentals, but are still trying to "better" the poses. This book is loaded with descriptions of the 30 essential poses, along with lots and lots of color pictures detailing how to do the poses correctly. What I also enjoyed (and greatly appreciated) was the fact that for most of the poses, the author also included variations on the pose. This is especially important for anybody who may have stiff body parts and need to get a little more limber before doing the pose "completely"

There was also a detailed look at the importance of yoga props and how they fit into the overall picture.

This book is a complete "course" within itself - I have rarely seen a yoga book that explained so well the poses and the correct posture for each.

This is perfect, perfect. I loved it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Bernard Wandel on July 16, 2008
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This is an incredible book. Plenty of modifications given. great for teachers in training and serious practitioners. It would serve well as ancillary reading for any Teacher Training in any discipline. Judith writes in a concise style explaining benefits of the pose and proper alignment. She completely nails the responsibility of teaching in a safe environment. This book was not even on my TT's reading list but I would not have made it through my TT without it.
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