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The American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual Fully Revised and Updated Paperback – January 8, 2002
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THE TOP 5 REASONS YOU MIGHT THINK THE AUTHOR IS A FLAKE:
5) The bright-light story!
4) She practically chants that "yoga is not a religion"...she mentions this at least twice, possibly three times.
3) The word "yoga" is capitalized throughout the book! Do most people capitalize the word "aerobics" in a sentence? I didn't think so...why yoga?
2) She states (p.17), "...do not be in a hurry to 'convert' family and friends to Yoga.". Ummm, good..I won't! Afterall, she said it wasn't a religion, right?
1) She states (p.16), "The fact is, no one knows where or when yoga began". What? Are we supposed to believe that yoga is infinite, like God? (woman, please!).
THE TOP 5 REASONS YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU BOUGHT THIS BOOK:
5) Under the title of each exercise, you will find a list of the body areas it targets.
4) Easy-to-understand instructions of the exercises.
3) Good tips under each set of instructions...these help to ensure correct breathing and form.
2) Good photos for visual guidance as to form and posture.
1) Yoga IS enjoyable and this book makes it easy to get started.
THE TOP REASON TO HAVE A FEW BOOKMARKS HANDY:
1) You'll want to bookmark the warm-up chapter and a few different pages of specific exercises that are out of order until you memorize the routine and know the poses well.
It is great if you don't have time to go to class, but need someone telling you exactly what to do (I am not motivated enough to just develop a series of poses for myself). The fact that it has multi-week classes in succession with pose variations is great for me. I find videos dull because it's the same thing over and over and they are ususally too slow once you've done it a few times and generally the voice/music combos are irritating. This way I put on my own music and go at my own pace.
I agree with other reviewers that it is best to avoid the flakiness and get on with the courses which are flake free, easy to follow and physically rewarding.
To be perfectly honest, the author's short little intro story in the beginning is a tad too new agey for most who don't want to do yoga from a spiritual position, but would benefit greatly from a health position -- don't let that turn you off! Do what I did (and what I recommend to people I'm giving this to) -- read it once, say, "hmmm" and then get on with the program.
Christensen has laid out a wonderful program starting with daily stretches (you can do these even if you can't do the individual exercises, or asans, every day) and then offering a week by week series of exercises to help you advance through -- or stay where you are comfortable.
She also has special programs for pregnancy and other times when you can't go full tilt.
Easy directions, clear photographs that truly help you know what you should be doing, breathing exercises. Excellent for the beginner or person who (like me) slips off and on the yoga and exercise path.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book and I reread sections all the time. I go to a studio but this helps me to better understand things. I would definitely buy other books bu this author.Published 2 months ago by GRRR
This is a great book for beginners. I am just learning yoga and it is easy to follow and understand. Highly recommend.Published 7 months ago by FGM
Dr recommended this book after surgery. Will start when healed.Published 8 months ago by Adele Williams