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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551178
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Yoga for Dummies proves that this 5,000-year-old Indian discipline can be all things to all people--the athlete striving for more-limber limbs, the stressed-out professional needing mental calm, peace, and clarity; the pregnant mom-to-be looking to keep herself toned and her emotions balanced, the spiritual seeker wanting to access the higher planes of consciousness.

Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., and Larry Payne, Ph.D., are internationally recognized yoga experts. After explaining how to prepare your body and mind for yoga--including warnings about how to practice safely--they jump straight into the postures (asanas), instructions for which make up the meat of book (relaxation, breathing, movement, sequencing, compensation, sitting). Feuerstein and Payne carefully and in great detail lead the reader through every step, although they do advise first-timers to supplement the book with actual classes until they have the basics down. Throughout the book, clear explanations accompany black-and-white photos and drawings. (Unfortunately, following the written instructions is hard enough when your feet are in the air or your head's down by your ankles, and the book would have been improved if the pictures always appeared on the same page as their instructions.)

Readers then learn about tailoring a yoga program to their needs; using props; practicing "Yoga Throughout the Day"; incorporating yoga into sex, meditation, menopause, and pregnancy; using yoga to treat back problems and PMS; and practicing yoga with kids. The book also covers yogic ethics, philosophy, and resources. It's not all asanas and pranas, though--Yoga for Dummies is sprinkled with the humor characteristic of the For Dummies series (a section explaining that the ego is the ultimate source of stress is titled "Wherever ego, I go") and practical advice (the Forgiving Limbs maneuver allows you to bend your legs and arms a bit rather than try to fully extend them, so that you can perform postures you're not yet quite limber enough for). This is both an excellent beginner's guide and a good reference for more advanced yoginis who want a brush-up course. --Stefanie Durbin

From the Back Cover

Includes tips to get great abs and ease back pain

Exercise your mind and body the fun and easy way®

Just breathe! Release tension, lose the stress, and get in shape with this friendly guide, which comes packed with step-by-step instructions, pictures, and tips to help you create your own personal YOGA program. So discover how to tap the ancient power of YOGA – and start strengthening your body and mind today!

Praise for Yoga For Dummies

"Larry Payne is a gifted YOGA teacher."
– Michael Keaton, actor

"Yoga For Dummies is an invaluable tool in my practice. My patients swear by it."
– Dr. Leroy Perry, five-time Olympic sports chiropractor

"[Dr. Georg Feuerstein] is the leading authority on Yoga today. Yoga can be transformative. To learn how, read this book!"
– Larry Dossey, bestselling author of Healing Words

Discover how to:

  • Create harmony between work and play
  • Change habits that promote stress
  • Pick the right clothes, props, and place
  • Combat PMS and menopause or enhance your pregnancy
  • Warm up with the right moves

More About the Author


Dr. Georg Feuerstein (born 1947) is a German-Canadian Indologist. Feuerstein has authored over 45 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism and Buddhism.

Dr. Feuerstein offers distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy and history through Traditional Yoga Studies at http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com


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Customer Reviews

This is the perfect book for a beginner wanting to start yoga on their own.
Hiker
Be aware that the postage on the minature edition costs more than buying a second volume of the book on line used!
Gail Mcmorrow Donahue
It would make a great gift for someone who wants to try yoga and needs a little nudge to go and do it.
N. A. Bhatti

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

141 of 153 people found the following review helpful By dmmiller@home.com on May 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful reference book for introducing people to the discipline of Yoga. As head of the reference department in a busy public library and user of many of the "...For Dummies" series subject guides, I highly recommend this title for all public library collections, and anyone looking for a practical, thorough introduction to the study of Yoga. A very good table of contents and index makes it easy to go right to the chapter you are most interested in. The Appendix is terrific-it gives all sorts of additional Yoga resources such as organizations, teacher training and academic programs, reference books, information on Yoga props, lists of periodicals, videotapes and audiotapes, and Yoga web sites to visit. The appendix adds to making this a truly encyclopedic reference source. The style in which the book is written makes it the kind of book you want to come back to over and over again.
I had the privilege of being a guest in one of author Larry Payne's Malibu Yoga classes (only the second time I ever attended a Yoga class) and after reading Yoga for Dummies I was inspired to sign up for a class locally. Being a user of Larry's book "Healthy Back: Exercises for high stress professionals," (I have a bad case of sciatica), I was pleased to see one of the chapters focus on Yoga for special situations. This has a section on Yoga for people with back problems. The other chapter I like is the one on designing your own Yoga program based on the amount of time you have each day to invest in doing the routines. The photographs, illustrations and posture directions are all very clear and of high quality. Both authors did a tremendous job of presenting their knowledge and years of experience with Yoga to the reader.
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106 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have never used any of the ___For Dummies series and felt silly buying this one, but lost all regret once I cracked it open. The most approachable and useful book on yoga yet. I drag it with me on all my travels and am secure it merits the additional weight in the carry on. Most definitely worth the investment in money and time, an instructional book that actually instructs!
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72 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought the book was wonderful for anyone wanting to learn more about yoga; either the beginner or the accomplished can benefit from this book. The health benefits of putting yoga into your daily life are many; and the book explains them in simple terms. The book is easy to read and understand, the illustrations and pictures are wonderful. I also like the humor put into the chapters every so often. A great book for a great price.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was extremely well-written so that even a novice yoga practitioner could understand the descriptions. Special attention was given to protecting a sensitive back, valuable information for our population in which most everyone suffers back problems at some time. The illustrations were very clear and appropriate to the text. This is truly a book that would be able to inform even a "dummy" yet it is still appealing to a more experienced yoga participant. Overall very intelligently written and entertaining.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gail Mcmorrow Donahue on August 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Be sure when you order this book you are getting the version you wish to purchase. The full size paperback is a gem. The minature edition is a waste of money. Be aware that the postage on the minature edition costs more than buying a second volume of the book on line used!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Bhatti on May 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Buying a yoga book is a very tricky and haphazard endeavour with an astonishingly number of yoga titles out there. I should know I injured myself by trying to follow a sivananda yoga book. So choosing the wrong book can be quite damaging.
Luckily for me, I was not put off yoga by that experience and instead of giving up I bought this book. I know you may have been told its best to go to class but I see nothing wrong with following a book if its clearly written and gradually increases in difficulty. This is what this book does.
It gives you a varied number of postures. Although I had to read through chapter 15 to get to yoga routine. But this is a minor disagreement and is more a sign of the cautious approach to yoga.
It helps to vanquish all the myths and preconceptions people have of yoga such as twisting your body into the shape of a pretzel or yoga only being for wimps.
Perhaps the "for dummies..." label gets gives people cause to be cautious. But as someone who has studied yoga for a number of years their knowledge and so are the credentials of the authors.
This book is not the be all and end all for yoga with everything you need to know. And any book that does have such a monolithic claim should be avoided.
Rather it's the first step on the long journey towards the mastery of yoga (too deep?!) And the bibliography at the end of the book can help you deepen your knowledge.
It would make a great gift for someone who wants to try yoga and needs a little nudge to go and do it.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Alan Light on August 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have bought many "for dummies" books in subjects which I know very little about, and which I want to learn more (i.e. I am a "dummy" in that subject).
"Yoga for Dummies" is one of the best of the series. If you are just curious about yoga, this book is full of background information to serve as an introduction to the subject. If you are
interested in trying yoga out on your own, this book contains very good illustrations and detailed routines to get you started.
An extra point: It seems that 90% of the yoga books on the market are geared for women readers. This is very much a
unisex book that will be useful to both men and women who want to get started in yoga.
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