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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: BandhaYoga; 3 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607432382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607432388
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A Fascinating book and cleverly illustrated, making you curious to go back again and again to explore.' -- Yoga Magazine Feb 2010

About the Author

Ray Long, MD FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. He graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with postgraduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, The University of Montreal, and Florida Orthopedic Institute.

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Ray Long, MD FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. He graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with postgraduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, The University of Montreal, and Florida Orthopedic Institute.

Customer Reviews

Well illustrated, informative and very thorough.
Jennifer Boyd
Very clear, concise, matching up key muscles with key asanas (Yoga poses) with clarity and precision.
Carol Ann Chidlaw
I keep this book and its companion open on my coffee table for quick reference every morning.
Laura Hagar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By College Girl on January 26, 2010
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This book is fantastic! Have both Vol I & II, and they are invaluable for anyone wanting to learn about yoga, being healthier, or any nursing or med, or physical therapy student.
The book shows which muscles are involved in each yoga move - the ones working, being stretched, or supporting the body weight. For anyone in medicine, this also breaks down movements into steps and illustrates why the patient is in pain with that movement. For anyone in physical therapy, is illustrates why you need to do that excerise & shows how it will help you.
As a student in a yoga teacher training class, this helps me learn how to do the poses correctly and which muscles are working with each pose and how to avoid stressing injuried body parts. Fantastic reading and a great resource!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ThePerpetualStudent on December 17, 2010
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I have many anatomy books after completing my 200hr yoga training this fall. While there are many wonderful texts out there, The Key Muscles of Yoga Vol. I is the best for the beginner. The computer generated illustrations are comprehensive and the minimal text really gets the main points across. Another benefit for the person new to anatomy is that the bones and muscles of each major group are covered with reference to the movement they make in various yoga poses. Additionally, because this written by an MD, the technical language is there but it's not scary and provides a great introduction to learning the proper movement terms.

Highly recommend this for the person new to either yoga, anatomy or both!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By yogagirl on October 23, 2010
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So, my old review is before and it was titled "mixed reviews". I would like to point out that this book has several printings and they each keep improving - errors are getting corrected. This makes me happy as it shows a commitment to sharing accurate information. I highly recommend this book.

I use this book often to teach other teachers about yoga anatomy. The book has sort of made its way into the mainstream and is the often the book used by teacher training schools. Pretty pictures are appealing, aren't they? The pictures are a great learning tool, the quality of the images is supreme. However, the content of the book and the arrangement for that matter leave me perplexed. If using the book to learn specific areas of the body, you find yourself flipping around A LOT. Furthermore, some important information is lacking, at odds with what's common among anatomists (without an explanation), or hard to find. But....pretty pictures are appealing, aren't they? So I use the book as a supplement. Hope that helps.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By yoga mom on January 15, 2012
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I have been practicing yoga for 6 years now and this book is fantastic. I am especially interested in anatomy and how the muscles work. This book does a fantastic job of explaining your skeletal system, bones, muscles, etc. Easy to read and understand. Very impressive illustrations. Chris Macivor did a wonderful job with the illustrations. I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gem on November 2, 2010
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As a student of Anatomy, Massage Therapist and Yoga teacher I find this book an invaluable resource. Clear, detailed pictures give me all I need to know of the Yoga asana and their application and effect on the human body.
I always wished I had X-ray vision, but I don't need it 'coz I have Ray Long's fantastic book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy E. Perry on March 8, 2014
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Colorful graphics for visual tutorial. Used for injures while doing yoga to see which muscles were being used and how to also release them. Very impressed
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. DIMEGLIO on March 19, 2010
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This book is EXCELLENT!! I love all the illustrations and descriptions of the muscles and bones and their corresponding yoga positions. I am currently in yoga teacher certification training and this book is really amazing -I refer to it time and time again.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chandra on December 31, 2011
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This is a great book to introduce the uneducated person about the how, when and why of anatomy during various asanas. I never realized how important it is to have knowledge of what to feel and where it is supposed to be felt regarding the muscles but it makes sense since you can help yourself avoid injury while maintaining a strong foundation. Often times while practicing I forget to be mindful of anatomy since I'm in a zone. This book is a great building block. It is mostly technical description of key parts, not direction on how to come in and out of the asana or the other subtle elements associated with them.
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