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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; Ill edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736062033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736062039
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hatha Yoga Illustrated is a complete and practical introduction to the physical practice of yoga that serves as a fantastic starting point on the road to both physical and emotional wellness."

Baron Baptiste
Pioneering instructor of Power Vinyasa Yoga
Author of Journey Into Power

Hatha Yoga Illustrated makes the theory and practice of hatha and Anusara yoga accessible so that everyone can experience the healing, creative and empowering journey of self-practice. The section on various vinyasa sequences is a hard-to-find gem.”

Shiva Rea
Yoga instructor and writer for Yoga Journal

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"Hatha Yoga Illustrated is a complete and practical introduction to the physical practice of yoga that serves as a fantastic starting point on the road to both physical and emotional wellness."

Baron Baptiste Pioneering instructor of Power Vinyasa Yoga Author of Journey Into Power

"Hatha Yoga Illustrated makes the theory and practice of hatha and Anusara yoga accessible so that everyone can experience the healing, creative and empowering journey of self-practice. The section on various vinyasa sequences is a hard-to-find gem."

Shiva Rea Yoga instructor and writer for Yoga Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Hatha Yoga Illustrated Great book and shows all the poses in detail and benefits from each pose.
Mimi
The pictures are great, the step by step instructions are clear and the organization of the book make it very easy to use.
Lucinda Linde
I bought this book for a yoga class that I was taking, and it definitely helped me to improve when I practiced at home.
Shannon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Jody on January 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been practicing yoga for several years now and have read tons of books on the subject. This is an excellent book on the basics. It covers 70 poses not including variations. Countrary to my assumptions, not all of the posture's described are 'beginner's poses', there are a few more difficult poses that are common to certain schools of yoga. The descriptions on how to do the poses are pratical - not so much detail that you're doing a 100 point check list. Simplier modifications are often given, useful if one is not as flexible or strong as required to do the final form (or injured, or tired, etc.). One addition I greatly appreciate is that counterposes are given for each posture, this gives a beginner some idea of what to do next. In fact, for each pose, the following details are listed: counterpose, drishti (what you should look at), physical benefits, mental benefits, and countraindications (injuries or health problems that may prevent you from practicing a posture or require a simpler variation).
The routines in the back of the book are short, but extremely helpful for how to build a routine. There are routines for a gentle practice, flexibility, some examples of vinyasa segments, and both sun and moon salutations.
I really am enjoying this book.
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262 of 282 people found the following review helpful By EJ on March 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hello. I am a bodybuilder/weightlifter and long distance runner who started doing Yoga in 2002 (I practice 6-7 days a week, at least 90-120 min. daily)after surgery to repair the L5-S1 disc in my back, which I blew out while running with a cold and coughing intensely (coughing, sneezing, and laughing allegedly places tremendous pressure on your spine). I have read or purchased at least 15 books on Yoga. This one is by FAR the best (9.5.04). One pet peeve of mine has been hairy, anoerexic-looking, freaky looking Yogis showing off incredibly difficult poses that take years and years to master, if at all. These authors and models are very normal looking and easy on the eyes. This book does indeed display difficult poses, but also shows important modifications for those less accomplished. The book shows the Sun Salutations of course, and dozens of other standing, seated and twisting, forward bends, reclining, arm balances and inversions. Each has a thorough description of the benefits and instructions with fantastic photos for all levels of practioners. You will develop more lean muscle mass, lose weight, and increase flexibility and balance if you are serious about your training (obviously combined with a healthy eating style). The authors summarize several different workouts in a one-two page layout at the back of the book.

Another nice feature in my opinion, the authors don't ramble on about the horrors of eating meat, simply saying that it is an intensely personal decision. Moreover, the authors refrain from outlandish promises that I have found to be either completely inaccurate, scientifically unproven, and/or lies. Yoga is like any other form of fitness. You get out of it what you put in.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a 42 year-old male in better than average physical condition but when my ankles, knees, and shoulder recently requested that I abandon the jump rope for another regular excersize, I decided to check out yoga. So far I've explored roughly 15 books on the subject and have found Hatha Yoga Illustrated to be the keeper. I came to this conclusion when I noticed that I was comparing and cross-referencing the other books to this one, and that it contained virtually ALL of the important information from the others, collectively. There are many good books on the subject, but I found this to be the most comprehensive.
Hatha Yoga Illustrated will get you started immediately, and also offers advanced information should you need a more intense program in the future. The book features detailed and well-organized instruction for all of the major poses, complete with variations and counterposes. The two authors are a man and a woman so it favors neither gender, as with some of the other books I've read.
My only two criticisms are extremely minor: The women in the illustrations are very good-looking which, as petty as this sounds, can serve as a temporary distraction (that's a criticism?!) Also, there could be a little more info on routines. This is somewhat of a moot point however, because you'll probably want to build a routine to suit your own specific needs and abilities, and this book certainly provides you with the tools to do that.
In conclusion I'm forced to use the old "if you can read just one book - this is the one!" cliche, but only because it is so appropriate in this case. I highly recommend Hatha Yoga Illustrated, and congratulate it's authors on a job very well done.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Kaesemeyer on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just started my home practice about 3 months ago when I purchased this book. Overall, it is a very good guide for beginners. Here are some PROs and CONSs.

PROs

* Excellent step-by-step instructions accompanied by lots of photos demonstrating each pose.

* Very organized since poses are grouped by standing, twisting, sitting.

* On each pose, the book explains how each pose affects each part of the body, as well as giving counter poses

* Also, a gentle version or advance version is accompanied with most poses

* Finally, the book gives a brief history about yoga and the different types practiced around the world.

CONs

* Wish the book was spiral-bound like David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga Series. It would be worth the extra money in my opinion.

* Would have like to have seen some more variations on a couple poses such as, Supta Padangusthasana, Janu Sirsasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, to name a few.

Other than those minor complaints, I think the book is a great asset to any home practitioner's library. Highly recommend along with David Swenson's book, Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice.
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