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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Rev Upd edition (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807897
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an era of increased body awareness, this book encourages lasting health and fitness through fun. Using many of Douillard's recommendations, children and adults can learn to maximize their physical abilities and enjoy recreational and competitive sports. The author integrates Yoga, Tao, Zen, diet, and various training programs as guides to greater enjoyment and success in sport. He focuses upon three mind-body types that reflect the governing principles of nature: Vata (space/air), Pitta (fire/water), and Kapha (water/earth). The premise is that each of us has primary characteristics in one of these psychophysiological mind-body types that influence how we think, eat, and sleep. This enjoyable book is recommended for health and fitness collections.
- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

When a baseball player gets five hits in a row or a basketball player can't miss, they're said to be in a "zone." The zone is a nebulous state, thought to be brought on willy-nilly, not willfully. Drawing on numerous Eastern disciplines, but especially on India's Vedic literature, Douillard says no, the zone can be brought on consciously. His program for physical training begins with a psychophysiological profile that will determine one's individual nature, which, in turn, will help one choose a sport in which to compete and determine the appropriate diet and exercise regimen. He also provides two levels of fitness programs: one for the elite, competitive athlete and another for the person who simply wants a healthier lifestyle. Although much of this may sound like a combination of astrology and New Age philosophy, it is firmly based on common sense. If there is a cornerstone to Douillard's ideology, it is, listen to your body and let your exercise program be guided by its signals. "No pain, no gain" is a phrase Douillard would like to eliminate from athletics. If it hurts, he says, don't do it anymore. Good advice. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dr. John is one of top Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States. He has been featured in Woman's World Magazine, Yoga Journal, Gorgeously Green and dozens of other publications and websites. His ability to translate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into applicable information based on the latest scientific research sets him at the forefront of the burgeoning interest in natural health. Dr. John has published over 500 health articles & videos, written six books and is a guest speaker at dozens of health retreat centers and schools across the country.

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Athletes, coaches, yoga teachers, READ THIS BOOK!
morgling
If you want to exercise and not get hurt, understand your body and enjoy being healthy, I recommend this book for you.
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You do have to actually put his principals in action to feel the benefits.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Farrell on June 14, 1998
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Your body is supposed to enjoy getting and staying fit! The author gives a number of instructions on how to do just that. His argument for nasal breathing, even at top exertion, is alone worth the price of the book. The many testamonials from athletes who've used the author's instructions successfully shows that I'm not the only one it's worked for.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2001
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I picked up this book at a relatives house and could not put it down. After reading it, I have to own it. If you are a serious athlete who has ever over-trained, this book is for you(or, if you simply want to avoid overtraining in the future...) John combines Auyervedic principles with Yoga, creating a way to perform better while straining yourself even less. So far I have only incorporated his principles in one workout, but with complete success. I'll know better as the next few weeks progress how easy it is to follow the principles in the book. I read a different book on Auyervedic principles(Quantam Health?), which was good but not too extremely easy to follow. John has laid out how to live the Auyervedic way, and specifically how to apply it to athletic training, in a simple and easy to follow manner.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By carlisle montgomery on March 12, 2000
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I am an elite coach based in Melbourne ,Australia. I have used the principles behind this book with great success with many people. I cannot recommend it highly enough, buy it read it follow it and you will change the way you train and finally enjoy exercise the way it was supposed to be. Good luck and enjoy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MonsoonKing on April 25, 2012
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The major messages of this book are as follows:
1) A stress and recovery model of fitness training is likely to lead to burnout or injury. It's better to exercise at a lower heart rate (50% of max) and utilize slow, steady nasal breathing in order to maximize performance while putting a minimum amount of strain on the body.
2) One should use ayurvedic techniques to identify optimal diet, sleeping patters, and season activity for your given body type and disposition. Failure to do so can result in athletic frustration, stress, sickness, and fatigue.

I thought the central themes of the book were interesting; certainly worth a experimenting with for anyone currently suffering under their current exercise regimen. I like the idea of listening to your body and optimizing its performance based on how it's designed to operate. Douillard spends a good chunk of the book advocating for a school phys-ed program that identifies individual strengths and nurtures them rather than leaving kids feeling frustrated or embarrassed if they don't excel at rope climbing or mile running. Sensible, but probably tangential to why most are reading the book.

My primary complaint is that almost all claims are backed up only with individual anecdotes or references to ayurvedic medicine. I'm all for studying the wisdom of the ancients, but I believe extraordinary claims need solid (if not extraordinary) evidence. Some claims are easier to rationalize than others. For instance Douillard argues that ideally, we'd fall asleep just after sunset and wake up at sunrise in sympathy with our circadian rhythm. Fine, I can get on board with that. But other claims raise an eyebrow.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RPP on August 11, 2003
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I first read this book back in the early nineties after hearing an interview of Mr. Douillard on NPR. The introduction to his book explains that he is looking to make participation in sport more accessible to all people, not just the elite athletes. The breathing techniques he discusses sound nuts at first, and are a little trick to master (especially if you have a cold!) but once you get used to them, they really really work. I was never athletic growing up, but since reading this book, I have used the techniques and completed 17 marathons, including 4 ultramarathons. I never finish first - but I really enjoy participating. Before being exposed to these techniques, I never would have thought I could run a mile - much less 50! If you are looking to start an exercise program, get into shape, or have a specific fitness goal, this is a really worthwhile book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KaSondra Moore on June 12, 1998
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I have read many fitness books over the years, but this is the first one that addresses the needs and differences of the mind/body types, or doshas, according to ayurvedic teachings.
I have been guilty in the past of pushing myself too hard in order to achieve a certain level of fitness. I'd just burnout, quit, gain weight, and start over again. This program helped me to PAINLESSLY and JOYFULLY attain a fitness level higher than I had previously thought possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Bharadvaj on July 18, 2009
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John Doullard's Body, Mind, and Sport is excellent for exposure to basic yoga, breathing techniques, and overall well-being. In it, he persuasively and clearly describes the benefits of nasal breathing by comparing performance levels during "conventional" and "body, mind, sport" training methods followed by an explanation of how to apply the techniques.

His methods allow you to ascertain your body type, learn the best times to train, relearn how to train, and most importantly to enjoy it. Personally, I don't feel right breathing through my mouth anymore and I've seen my recreational cycling levels improve drastically by following John's prescribed method.

However, for all the benefits, it is relatively difficult to apply the techniques. That may be because someone isn't actively showing you what to do, rather you are reading a description and trying to imitate it. It is especially hard to gauge your comfort level (he often says "Let comfort be your guide") when it comes to sports that require rapid bursts of energy like tennis or basketball.

To conclude:
- The techniques are effective and (coming from a family with background in yoga) and described very well for someone who is unfamiliar with yoga. A must read for anyone with personal wellness in mind!

- When it comes to applying the material, don't give up! At first it will be very difficult to understand what you are supposed to do or feel like.

- Attending a yoga class may help you with the breathing techniques. If that doesn't appeal to you, keep trying on a treadmill or exercise bike where it is easy to push yourself, but back off if you body isn't ready.

Good luck!
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