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Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2004

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Yee’s trademark long dark ponytail, rock-hard body and constantly serene facial expression have comforted many stressed-out would-be yogi who watch his dozens of bestselling yoga videos. In this new work, he offers yoga practitioners a two-month regimen that they can adopt as a home practice. Yee promises that his regimen will bring readers "physical and emotional well-being," as well as "various insights... about the nature of yoga." The book begins by covering practical concerns—how to prepare a home yoga practice, decide on practice times, set up a location and props—before proceeding to lay out the eight-week program, which tackles a different aspect of yoga each week (e.g., "Moving Toward Balance" and "Being Present"). Anatomy lessons, advice on breathing, copious photographs and detailed directions enhance this friendly guide, making it one of the most comprehensive and accessible yoga books on the market.
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“While yoga classes can be illuminating, it is in one's home practice where the depth and subtlety of yoga is cultivated. Moving toward Balance makes an important contribution by presenting a systematic approach to developing and maintaining a yoga practice. It will speak to everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners.” ―Patricia Walden, instructor of best-selling yoga videos and contributor to The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health

“A tremendous amount of insight and practical information is housed within these pages, presented in an orderly, thorough, friendly, and truly helpful manner. Rod and Nina have obviously put a lot of work into this book and have done an excellent job. Plus, it has an important, timely, and often overlooked theme at its core: how to practice on your own and learn from it. What better gift could there be from one of the world's premier yoga teachers than to learn how to do what he is doing?” ―Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

“Rodney Yee is the key that opens the door, allowing you to tap into your mind, body, and soul. He is the charge of electricity that channels the flow of energy, allowing endless possibilities to emerge. I am honored to call him my teacher and friend.” ―Donna Karan

“In Moving toward Balance, Rodney Yee's instructions are clear and full of the practical details that take you step-by-step to an incredible state of being. This book makes me want to unroll my mat and practice right now!” ―Richard Freeman, author of The Yoga Matrix and director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875969216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875969213
  • ASIN: B000S6NBV6
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Things I like about the book:

1. It's incredibly beautiful! I love LOOKING at it, and it's inspiring.

2. He talks about emotional aspects as well as physcial ones, and gives you good information on anatomy, aspects of the asanas, and building a practice for yourself.

3. The structure of the course in general is excellent, and there is a great deal of knowledge put into each sequence. He has good reason for placing asanas in the order he has.

4. The photos make it easy to follow the daily sequence

5. He offers alternative postures for every asana.


1. It seems like a book a beginner could use, but as a long time practitioner/instructor, I find it falls short with simple things like positioning of the feet or the hips in certain asanas.(eg. Trikonasana requires that hips are facing the side and the rear foot should be at a 45degree angle, etc)

2. The meditations don't give much for a beginner to go on, and seem flimsy at times for those who do have experience. It could quickly frustrate a beginner or turn them off from an essential aspect of a full yoga practice.

3. There are no warnings about postures that are potentially dangerous for beginners, or information about postures like back bends, that for many people may take years to work up to.

4. Frequently the alternative postures are too difficult for students with limited abilities and the presentation implies that the alternative is the 'easy' pose.

If you are a beginner, or are not confident with your own knowledge of asana/the physical body...please, please, please find a qualified person to take you through DAY 1 at least.
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After having done yoga on and off for the past three years, this book really helped me incorporate yoga into my every day life. I have taken yoga classes and practiced with numerous videos, but it never really felt like "my own" until I started using this book eight weeks ago. Not only does doing yoga every day revolutionize how your body feels, but the workouts are extremely well-developed and enjoyable. Yee's pictures and explanations are incredibly helpful and encouraged me to do things (ie: backbends, handstands, and headstands) that I never thought I'd try by myself at home; I always felt safe and prepared for the poses. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I actually look forward to doing yoga every morning. I feel like Yee has prepared me to practice at home much beyond the eight weeks he promises. I will never do another video; I enjoy too much looking out my window, listening to my music, while doing yoga at my own pace. Thank you Rodney Yee!
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I really loved this book. I've just finished the 8 week program - it took me more like 10 to get through with my schedule, but I loved the organization of it.. each week has a different focus, and every day within that week a different angle on the week's focus... there are different versions of each pose so that you can really see how the placement of the body matters. the pictures were quite good and in the end, you have yourself weeks of practices that you can comfortably reconfigure over and over. this is a slow moving practice; generally you hold each pose for 30 seconds to several minutes. it covers a really wide range from standing poses to inversions. I really feel that I can just turn on some music, lower the lights, and comfortably make my own home practice on the fly of any length.
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This is a beautifully illustrated book with a nice sequence of practices that build up to more advanced routines. There are also many preparatory exercises for difficult asanas and even sequences of asanas to improve body awareness before moving to more advanced positions. I really like this aspect of the book and a lot of this information is well presented.

What I didn't like about this book is that I don't think it offers enough warnings or fine points on asanas for beginners. While the routines take things slowly and build up to more advanced positions, it would actually be a monumental task for a beginner to reach these levels without a good teacher because the book lacks sufficient detail. However, it could be adequate if you have a good teacher or attend regular classes with a qualitifed instructor.

I'm glad I bought this book and I have used some of the ideas from it in my practice. However, I would augment it with something like "The 30 Essential Yoga Poses" by Judith Lasater which provides more detail and warnings on performing asanas correctly or "Dancing the Body of Light" which goes in to great detail about the asanas.

If you have a bad back, then I would start my yoga practice out with "Back Care Basics" by Mary Pullig-Schatz. She is an Iyengar instructor and M.D. with lots of experience using yoga to rehabilitate people with various types of neck and back problems. In fact, this is how she became involved in yoga.
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I think that this is THE book for beginners. I have tried many DVD's and other books, and this is the best. It is really an 8 week introduction to basic yoga. The book starts with the easier standing poses, and works from there. Each week you begin by trying the poses featured that week three ways: first, you try the pose the easiest way with props and supports (like blankets, yoga bricks, a wall or chair for balance, etc.); the second way is with a little less support; and the final way is the pose without support. This is a great approach, because it allows you to do the yoga at your pace and ability: you can do the tree pose holding onto the wall if need be, bend your knees during downward dog, do a modified backbend without lifting your head and shoulders off the floor, and begin headstand (much later in the book) by walking your feet up the wall, etc. This is much better than jumping into a dvd where you are already supposed to know how to do it. After you have tried all the poses with modifications, and without, if you are able; the rest of the days of the week feature two poses each in particular to focus on, along with review. Everything is covered in detail with pictures, all the poses, with modifications and without, and how to do a sun salutation and so on. The pictures are beautiful and clear and the book is written in Rodney Yee's encouraging style. Best of all, you can take your time getting into a pose and do not have to worry about keeping up with a dvd. I have no experience in yoga, and I love this book. I am 38 years old.
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