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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BandhaYoga; 3 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607432390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607432395
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

I just started getting into this book.
ksueshoe
The detail of the anatomy of muscles being used for the poses is easy to understand.
Anne M
This book is very well illustrated and easy to understand.
Anne M Moses

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54 of 55 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Siporin on July 16, 2013
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I'm in a 200 hr. yoga teacher training and realized I needed a lot more knowledge about anatomy since I basically had (almost) NONE. Reviews of Kaminoff's "Yoga Anatomy" got great reviews for those who had a basic working knowledge of anatomy already. For those of us who didn't, many people recommended Ray Long's 2 books, "The Key Muscles of Yoga" and "The Key Poses of Yoga". So, that's where I started. Dr. Long's books are fantastic! Big color-coded pictures with limited (manageable) text. I started w/ "The Key Muscles of Yoga" as recommended; that gave me a basic working knowledge of the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, joints and their actions, insertion/origin, synergists, antagonists. Then I moved on to his next book, "The Key Poses of Yoga" which is fabulous! Again - lots of detailed pictures with bulleted info about muscles in the legs, pelvis, arms, back, shoulders that are or should be engaged in the pose to make it a safe and effective pose. This info will be really helpful when teaching the "what & why" anatomical details of a pose. His chapters are organized around backbends, forward bends, twists, hip openers and the like. I highly recommend both of his books. After this, I think I'll be ready for the more in-depth detail in Kaminoff's book, "Yoga Anatomy". Already though, I feel like I have a enough basic information to teach poses safely. I know there's a lot more to learn in this regard, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Foster on August 11, 2013
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I have taken formal anatomy classes for 9 years between bachelors in kinesiology, massage therapy school, physical therapy school, post-professional fellowship, and now yoga teacher training. I purchased this book as required reading for 200 hour yoga teacher training.

I had not even realized until my classmates pointed it out, that this book does not label the muscles at all - it is intended to be used alongside the key muscles book, and so must be constantly cross-referenced to know what muscular action descriptions are talking about (unless you already have anatomy training and know which muscles are which).

The main reason for the negative rating is that reading the muscular actions of the poses resulted in some serious OH NO moments for me. One such moment being a suggestion to create a valsalva (bearing down pressure like you would to push out a constipated poo) to protect your spine in urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel/backbend pose). This is a terrible idea. Creating a valsalva cuts off the flow of breath, and bulges out the pelvic floor in a way that is destabilizing to the spine (rather than protective as the author suggests).

The only reason I give this book 2 stars instead of 1 is the illustrations are beautiful - and, if you know what you are looking at, the blue vs red coding for active vs stretching muscles is convenient and intuitive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hagar on April 2, 2011
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I love this book! Understanding what Yoga is, how to do the poses, the flow, and the total benefit is one thing. But, to take my practice far beyond that, I bought this book and the companion (Key Muscles of Yoga) and now I really understand and can feel the muscles and skeletal structure that I am working--or not working--as I move. It has made a world of difference in my practice!
I keep this book and its companion open on my coffee table for quick reference every morning. This provides me the opportunity to better visualize my movements and when I find a pose is harder to move into sometimes, I check the book to see which muscle might be the problem.
Many thanks to the author and illustrator for this series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian on January 17, 2011
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This is the second in a series of books by Ray Long MD, and they are just amazing. If you are at all interested in how your body is put together, how it works and why, this is the answer. What I have found for myself is that when I struggle with a pose (why won't this leg go this way??) understanding how my joints and muscles work has made a HUGE difference in my capabilities. When you understand how it's all put together, and work within that system, your body will amaze you. I love how the book starts from the skeleton and adds layers of muscles one at a time so you truly have a picture of how the body is put together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy in Colorado on November 29, 2010
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If you are a yoga instructor or practitioner, both volumes by Ray Long will help you to understand the interior body of yoga poses better. By remembering and visualizing the extremely clear illustrations during your practice, your poses will become more balanced and symmetrical--this is hugely beneficial. The narrative provides a clear understanding of how the body works--since muscles don't actually "stretch" an understanding of how the muscle spindle provides for what we call "flexibility" or "stiffness" is invaluable (and gives everyone HOPE), especially for those students who don't believe they can be successful yogis unless they can touch their toes. I can't wait for the next volumes to become available. These books are foundational, a "must" for anyone who is serious about practicing yoga. And--if you are interested in Iyengar yoga, they are even more important with their emphasis on alignment. As BKS Iyengar has said, "alignment IS enlightenment". The integration of all the koshas begins with an extremely precise physical alignment, and Long's volumes provide an excellent aid for all of us who struggle with asymmetrical bodies.
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