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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Upd edition (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743219414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743219419
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alice Christensen founded the American Yoga Association -- the first nonreligious, nonprofit, educational Yoga organization in the United States -- in 1968. She is the author of 20-Minute Yoga Workouts, The American Yoga Association's New Yoga Challenge, The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It Yoga, and Yoga of the Heart. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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It is easy to read and the pictures show how to do every exercise.
Gina
The book is still a good starting place if you consider yoga as exercise alone and do not want to take up a new worldview.
EReads
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in starting yoga.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1998
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is a great for anyone starting yoga..it guides you through everything:breathing, meditation, nutrition, exercise, and more elements of yoga. There are hundreds of different exercises to do, each with detailed, step-by-step pictures that explain the exercise. If you want to start yoga..THIS is the book to buy!
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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.
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141 of 168 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
I thought it would be a great idea to get the basics from a national association, because I understood it would mean something more serious. This is not the case. It has a mystifying preface, in which the author tells us about the experience of waking up to see a column of light at the foot of her bed after which the word yoga sprang into her mind. The same old trip- to-India/finding-Guru new-age story. Lots of silly advices, like how to be nice to your body by talking to it. It does not provide an easy start to begin poses or sequences. It lists a sequence of poses which can't be understood by someone who hasn't practiced any yoga before, and only then begins teaching the poses themselves. I only began learning yoga when I bought the tape Living Yoga - Yoga Practice for Beginners (which focuses on practicing yoga, not personal beliefs). If you happen to have practiced yoga this book might be used as reference, since it does contain a lot of poses and pictures.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1998
Format: Spiral-bound
I love this book. I keep going back to it. I improved my flexibility, strength, sleep, pain and stress levels by following the courses in this book. The book is divided into three courses, and each course takes about 8 weeks, depending on your ability. You move from very simple moves to more complicated ones. Each weeks set of exercises includes warm-ups, asanas, breathing and meditation. Thank you Alice!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2001
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I knew nothing about yoga when I ordered this book. The exercises are clearly written, the instructions are excellent, and the photographs are very clear. I especially appreciate her philosophy about practicing 5 minutes a day is better than nothing at all. So I practice 5 minutes a day using this book, and my flexibility has improved noticeably. There is also a section on runner's stretches that is great for us older runners.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on July 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have found this book helpful for many years, and have ordered copies for family and friends who are interested in yoga as a health and fitness practice. A stroke survivor myself (some 20 years ago), I find yoga a great aid in staying alive and functional!
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Disenhouse on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first bought this book many years back, and have used it on and off. Looking forward to purchasing the revised version. Also gave it to my father who was having problems getting motivated about any form of exercise, and he used it for years.

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.
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