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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press; Second Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930485298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930485297
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.

Her yoga training includes study with B.K.S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times (Rodmell Press), the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga.

Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Biwa on March 10, 2013
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This book could've been half as wordy and more understandable if the author had included some well-placed line drawings and callouts. Granted, most of the poses are so simple that one hardly needs more than a picture to do them successfully. But a few take some time to construct and understand. That's where some thoughtful diagrams, **positioned on the same page as the written instructions**, would've been nice. I want to spend my time in the pose, not reading at length about the pose.

For an example, check p. 33. "Supported Bound-Angle Pose is one of the most important in the restorative series." I want to do that one, I thought! So I gathered together the props: bolster, 4 long-roll blankets, 1 double-fold blanket, belt, eyebag, and optional single-fold blanket. The picture shows a woman dressed in black lying on top of some dark or black-colored blankets and bolster. Hmm, hard to tell what's exactly going on there because everything's so dark. And the woman's body is covering up most of the props. Wish there was a line illustration -- maybe two side-by-side, one with just props and one complete? And some labels or callouts? I flip forward for the instructions which, by the way, span TWO PAGES. "...The bolster should support you from your sacrum to your head..." Okay, does that mean I'm sitting on the mat, or on the bolster, or hanging somewhere in between? Flip back to previous page. Hmm, can't tell by the picture. Flip forward again...read, read, read.... Flip back to picture. Flip forward to read. Flip back to view picture.

See what I mean?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2013
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THE PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU HAVE THE FIRST EDITION, YOU WILL GAIN NOTHING BY PURCHASING THIS NEW EDITION. This book is fabulous for this type of practice, but the new release is a disappointment in that there is no change to the content except for being in a larger book size with some of the headings now in blue ink. The new edition material should have been reorganized so that all of the information for a particular pose was together in one place in the book. Then a section with sample sequences. As the book is presently presented, if you are following a sequence for a stress release class and the pose was presented earlier in the book, it refers you back for each of the details on setting up, being in, and releasing from the pose. Very frustrating to have to keep flipping all over the place. I am only giving two stars to the new edition because the content did not change, the presentation should have been restructured, not because the material is not good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Palmer on August 24, 2014
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Repeat and Repeat should be the name of this book. With the many 5 star reviews, I thought this would be a very good book. And the lower star reviews don't mention that the routines are simply repeated over and over and over. The books is worth less than half the price charged. Need a routine for a General Restorative Practice? It is almost the same as the routine for Headaches, which is almost the same as the routine for Insomnia, etc. In other words, all the routines for various conditions are the same over and over and over again. Different advice is given for the various conditions, and that is worthwhile. But I was looking for something more meaty, as in three or four various routines that I could rely upon for my Restorative Yoga class but did not find it in this book. The author could have listed the one General Restorative Practice routine that is good for various conditions and, if necessary, provided some slight modification for various conditions, charged a lot less for the book, and I would have gladly given it a higher rating.

Pros: Well written and beautifully illustrated book. The first few chapters (one through five) are very helpful.
Cons: Nothing much is different after chapter five; the remaining chapters are basic repeats of chapter five (chapters 6 through 18)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth on January 19, 2015
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Only about a dozen poses included, just shown multiple times across chapters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lusse on January 17, 2014
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I cannot praise this book enough. I have a quite demandig job that often leaves me exhausted by the end of the day. There are days I come home with breathing difficulties, hurting eyes from sitting in front of the computer, headache, and tension in my whole body.

I am so grateful for this book! The author says she was inspired to write this book after a person close to her died, and when she had insomnia.I believe she put her heart into it, because the book is really fantastic.

I use it every day, and it covers the most important issues related to stress that you may have problem with.
I use the basic routine with chosen 4-5 poses every day right after work. Sometimes, as today, I felt my breath was a little bit disrupted, and I did some poses from the routine for difficulties in breathing. It really worked miracles!
I got rid of this heavy feeling in my chest, my eyes don't hurt anymore and energy level is so much higher, just after about 20 minutes!

The poses are thoroughly explained and the pictures show the poses. You don't need a lot of props, but you should have basic ones like yoga bolster or strap. Although, Judith has som alternative ideas if you don't have them.

The only drawback is that some pages fell out quite soon after I started using the book. But this is the publisher's fault, so it is still 5 stars, and I would give 10 if I could! This book helps me to mantain mental balance and renew my body every day. Thank you Judith...
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