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
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