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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450400248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450400244
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 11 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar, one of the world's foremost authorities on the therapeutic uses of yoga. Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the teaching of individualized breath-centered yoga.

An internationally recognized specialist with over 32 years’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy, Kaminoff has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools, and training programs in the United States. He has also helped to organize international yoga conferences and has actively participated in the ongoing national debate regarding certification standards for yoga teachers and therapists.

Kaminoff has been a featured yoga expert in publications such as Yoga Journal and The New York Times, as well as online at WebMD, FoxNews Online, and Health.com. He is the founder of the highly respected international yoga blog eSutra, coauthor of the best-selling first edition of Yoga Anatomy, and creator of the DVD Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff and the highly successful online course yogaanatomy.net. He resides in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Amy Matthews has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a certified Laban movement analyst, a Body–Mind Centering teacher, and an infant developmental movement educator. She is registered with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) as a somatic movement therapist and educator, and with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).

Matthews coteaches the Body–Mind Centering and yoga programs in California and New York City for the School for Body-Mind Centering. She was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. Together, Matthews and Kaminoff lead The Breathing Project's advanced studies program for movement professionals committed to extending their professional skills and knowledge.

Matthews integrates somatic practices and yoga in her private practice as a movement educator, and she teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the United States, Canada, Israel, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Japan. Matthews coauthored the first edition of Yoga Anatomy. She currently resides in New York City.

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Clear wording, detailed illustrations and description of poses.
lilwheatie
The illustrations are beautifully done, and the book is very well-written.
Katelyn
I would recommend this book to yoga teachers and students alike.
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129 of 142 people found the following review helpful By yana on March 30, 2013
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I don't understand how this book has gotten such good reviews to be honest. I bought this book hoping to get the basics of anatomy so that I could deepen my scientific understanding of asana. I have found this book useless in that regard. The authors take absolutely no effort in laying out the major skeletal and muscle groups, they don't talk about the joints, they don't give any basic anatomical terms. However, they do spend a whole section talking about how they went about getting the images in the book. WEIRD. They just jump into using, what was for me, advanced anatomical terminology - which I was given no understanding of by them. Seems careless. I have tried to use the book and it just doesn't work for someone who has never studied anatomy. I'm really disappointed.

I went on to purchase Ray Long's book on yoga anatomy and am so excited about it. I have learned so much. He takes time to lay out all of the basic terms and explains the way the bones, muscles, and joints function physiologically and in relationship to asana. I recommend that book very highly if you are a beginner and want to get a good, simple foundation in anatomy.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne Miske VINE VOICE on March 20, 2013
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This is a 5 star book, but the Kindle version is lacking. Since this is a book all about the illustrations, I would not recommend the Kindle version at all!
I've adjusted my settings using every method I can find. The text changes, but the graphics always look like a postage stamp. Even with reading glasses it is very difficult to see the callouts and text inside the images.

I wish I could trade this in and order the paperback version:(
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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book to review for the web site Metapsychology Online Reviews; you can read a more detailed version of my review on that site.

YOGA ANATOMY is one of a series of anatomical guides from the Human Kinetics; Each manual in this series provides detailed, full-color illustrations of the muscles involved in particular movements. What is particularly unique about the wonderful anatomical illustrations is that they are based on photographs of actual yoga poses, some of which were shot from above or below as the yoga models perched on a suspended piece of acrylic (see Page 68 of the text for details).

This 2011 version is actually a second edition; the original Yoga Anatomy was released in 2007. In his Preface, first author Leslie Kaminoff notes that this latest version builds on the success of the first edition by adding in material that was deleted from the original due to space constraints. This includes two brand-new chapters by co-author Amy Matthews; Kaminoff points out that the asana sections have been completely revised by Matthews as well. These updates, along with new indexes and other improvements, add significantly to the overall volume of this edition.

The first part of this book forms a relatively brief but intensive lesson in anatomy, focusing on the movements and functions most relevant to yoga practice. Kaminoff opens with a chapter on "Dynamics of Breathing," which details the way the breath moves through the body, particularly the actions of the diaphragm. Next is "Yoga and the Spine," an essential breakdown of the spine and how it moves through various ranges of flexion and extension.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Jochim on December 21, 2012
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The book is very good. Well written with lots of photos and illustrations. I now understand how my psoas muscle works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ana H. C. Smith on March 17, 2013
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I have the printed first edition of this book and I did love the anatomical focus because it gives you an excellent understanding how your body is working at every single anatomical and physiological level. In that regard you notice your accomplishment.
The Second edition involves a reorganization/reclassification of chapters base upon Asana types and also the digital portability. If you are into yoga and you want to approached it from the anatomical point of view, this is a book to keep in your library or your portable device.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miles 12 on September 20, 2012
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This is a great book for yoga beginners and teachers. I am a yoga instructor and I bought it so that I'd have an easy reference point for poses and sanskrit names. I use it often to help plan my class sequencing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lilwheatie on December 23, 2012
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I think a "must" for the yoga enthusiast or instructor!! Clear wording, detailed illustrations and description of poses. Able to go into poses more effectively, knowing which muscle groups and joint movements are responsible. Love the little extras, like showing proper pronunciation of the Sanskrit words, proper breathing in the poses and more. Top that with an excellent price!
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ms Muffintop on February 13, 2012
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Lots and lots of pictures with a mind-numbingly large number of latin words for body parts, muscles, bones etc. If you have already taken a college level course in anatomy this would be a good reference for your yoga teaching. You can use it to with students, if they are describing pain complaints - to look up what the possible problems might be - and what yoga poses might be beneficial.

HOWEVER - if you are a yoga teacher with no prior background in biology or anatomy - you won't be able to learn anatomy from this book. It's a reference book with not much text. I liked the Ray Long anatomy for yoga for myself. In those books he rather specifically suggests poses for certain muscles.
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