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The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga: The Essential Guide to Complete Mind/Body Fitness Paperback – October 30, 2012

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About the Author

KATHRYN BUDIG is an international yoga teacher and writer. She is the creator of Aim True Yoga and co-founder of Poses for Paws. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Women's Health, The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She teaches regularly online at Yogaglo.com .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609618394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609618391
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathryn is an international yoga teacher, food blogger and public speaker who shares her zest for life as the Women's Health Magazine yoga expert along with her contributor writings for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. She's been seen on the covers of Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Om Yoga and Common Ground. Budig has been featured on E!Entertainment, The Food Network, Forbes Women, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She served as the brand representative for ToeSox for 5 years and is currently sponsored by Under Armour Women. She authored Rodale's The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga, and is currently writing her second book, Aim True.

Kathryn is dedicated to giving back to her community. She co-founded "Poses for Paws", an organization dedicated to raising money for animal shelters through yoga. You can practice with Kathryn around the globe or save yourself the plane ticket by practicing with her weekly online at Yogaglo.com or through her Gaiam DVD, "Aim True Yoga".

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Edelweiss on October 31, 2012
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I just got this book today, so I haven't had a chance to go through every single page, but I am so impressed! It includes:

* a brief overview of the history of yoga
* language of yoga
* benefits of yoga
* answers to common questions on yoga
* touches on some of the deeper spiritual aspects of yoga (enough to give a taste of it, but not to overwhelm)
* how yoga keeps you fit
* conscious eating and even includes a sample meal plan with a few recipes!

That's just the first 40 pages :) THEN the book goes onto:

* a thorough break down of every essential yoga pose with beautiful photographic spreads that have anatomical cues
* fun 15 minute sequences you can do at home to target different parts of the body (ie.legs, arms, butt, etc...), special health-focused sequences (ie. pms, hangover, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc...), performance sequences (ie. basketball, golf, climbing, etc.), emotional health (ie. anxiety, relaxation, broken heart, etc...) and much MORE!

I am a yoga teacher and I would recommend this to any student seeking to perfect their asanas and gain a general understanding of yogic philosophy. However, if you're looking to get deep into the philosophy of yoga, this would not be the book I recommend. There are many other yoga books on anatomy and philosophy. However, I found this book to be very user friendly and well thought out guide to deepening your yogic practice! I believe that every yogi and/or yogini would benefit from having this book in their library.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By GaryG on November 25, 2012
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I teach yoga and a student brought a copy to class to ask my opinion. I spent some time with it and discovered that Kathryn Budig has created a book very much like herself--it's practical, informative, and downright entertaining. She appreciates the fact that many woman have incorporated yoga into their lives for all kinds of practical reasons, but mainly because it makes them feel good. She provides all of the basic information a beginner or an experienced yogini might need about the many questions that can arise during your practice, and has also shown how to use some of the various poses as a remedy for many of the common challanges we face in our daily lives. If you're interested, she has covered pretty much the full gamut of yoga topics (breathing techniques, dealing with injuries, meditation, "I'm not flexible", etc.) and you can pick and choose to read about those that pique your curiosity. The photography is stunning, and the photos are of real people who have developed some proficiency so that you can have an idea of where you may be headed. There is really good information here and it's not presented in some obtuse, philosophical and hard to comprehend manner, nor does she demand that you adhere to the "my way or the highway" mode of teaching--like I said before, it's very practical, informative and good advice on how to incorporate yoga into your daily life and reap its many benefits. I'm recommending it to all of my women students, and to those men who aren't put off by the "women's health" part of the title. Good stuff, entertaining, and highly recommended.
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80 of 106 people found the following review helpful By A. Bossler on March 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
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This book is dangerous. I’m honestly concerned that someone will hurt themselves with this book.
This book would get torn apart in a peer review, like what I'm doing. The author is a contributing magazine editor. That alone raises some flags on its purpose and credibility.
This book should not have been written. It adds nothing to the subject of yoga and is intended purely to reap profit from buyers. Practitioners are better off not using it.
Far better options exist for yoga books. My favorite being David Swenson’s http://www.amazon.com/Ashtanga-Yoga-The-Practice-Manual/dp/1891252089/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1362513861&sr=8-3

Issues with this Book:

• Way too pro-yoga. Yoga is not a panacea for every mental and physical woe, though this book suggests it is. You won't suddenly fix your health problems, chronic anxiety, or get ripped muscles. It can certainly help with those, but the book over-promises. In one part it suggests that. "400 calories can be burned in a 90 minute Vinyasa class!" For reference, I checked other activities that burn about 400 calories in 90min. That list includes things like golf, yard work, and bathing a dog. Some activities that burn slightly more calories: cleaning gutters, wheelchair basketball, hiking, downhill skiing. The point I’m making is that yoga is not high calorie burn activity.
• Cherry-picked scientific studies: She cherry picks studies to prove her point too often (common of Men’s and Women’s Health), without mentioning counter arguments.
• Writing style. Written like a massive magazine endorsement. Too many exclamation points.
• References: It quotes the dictionary and cites "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrnes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rich on May 11, 2013
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This is a terrific yoga book for most all levels.
The Big Book is one of the few books that is easy to use and refer to while one is doing the poses.
The pictures and quality are wonderful
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