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Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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)
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?
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's OK, recommended by yoga teacher. Could have accessed info on-line.Published 4 months ago by L. A. Bushey
Of all the Judith Lasater books, this is my personal favorite. This is a book for anyone and everyone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel Smith
Love this book. Refer to it and have recommended it to my friends.Published 6 months ago by Ernestine Jana Albrecht
Written too slowly, this book does not do what it portends to do, which is to teach a restorative yoga class. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric
Too much words. Doesn't show much illustration, examples. I also took her restorative training and it was a waste of money and time. 70+ students. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nama