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Yoga Journal's Yoga Basics: The Essential Beginner's Guide to Yoga For a Lifetime of Health and Fitness Paperback – September 15, 1997

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From Library Journal

Carrico, the choreographer of Jane Fonda's yoga video, and the staff of the well-respected Yoga Journal have produced both a good introduction to the history of yoga and helpful instruction in a range of basic poses. The book describes nine primary varieties of Hatha Yoga for the general reader and suggests ways of finding a good teacher. The beginner's postures are described in thorough fashion, with photos of correct and incorrect techniques. The book also includes recommended sets of postures, depending on the time of day, and advice on meditation. A class or video may still provide the best introduction to yoga, but this book is both an excellent complement to other instruction and a good reference source in itself.?Norman Oder, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

The world-renowned, award-winning Yoga Journal is the premier yoga publication in this country and has produced a number of best-selling videos on yoga practice. Mara Carrico has more than a quarter century of experience teaching dance, movement therapy, and yoga and is the choreographer of Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout video. She writes frequently on the subject of yoga and Eastern disciplines and conducts workshops around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805045716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805045710
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Erehwon on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a competent introduction to yoga. Contrary to one reviewer, the section on yoga philosophy is short and to the point.
The section on yoga teachers and styles can be very useful in helping to decide what yoga style you might wish to explore.
The section (the bulk of the book) on yoga postures is adequate but unexceptional. The descriptions are ok, but the photos are small and not especially clear. No variations are shown for advanced practicioners or for those with limited flexibility.
There is a brief description of yoga props, but no information on how to incorporate them into your practice.
The section on sample yoga routines is mediocre.
This book is best as an inexpensive supplement to a good yoga class or video tape. The best beginners yoga book I've seen is "Yoga for Beginners" by Mark Ansari and Liz Lark.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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This title is a handy resource book for practicing yoga, although the spine design makes it difficult to keep flat on the floor near your yoga mat. However, the posture photos and descriptions are easy to follow. The history and philosophy of yoga are written very accessibly, as are the approaches to meditation. I enjoy this book as a yoga student of 8 years, and am glad a yoga teacher recommended it. I keep signing it out at my library, but it's so handy and succinct I want to give it a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Rohr on May 2, 2001
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The word "Essential" says it all in terms of the usefulness of this book. This is a must have for the person that wants to put the right foot forward in understanding and developing a personal Yoga practice, or for the individual that hopes to gain a better historical understanding of this ancient practice. In a concise fashion the reader will acquire the tools to develop an individual practice. The reader will also find answers in identifying an instructor and style of Yoga that is right for them. Clear photographs and detailed instructions round out this most excellent and "Essential" resource.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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The book covers the very basics of yoga. It is too long on history and people in the yoga movement, which is ok for those who want that stuff. I went away wanting much more from the book. It did not deliver what I had expected.
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By gayle on June 5, 2014
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this is THE perfect book....for the yoga beginner...informative, clear instruction and illustrations....a good investment towards your well being!...i am definitely happy with this purchase...
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By Snail Dealer on February 25, 2010
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It's simple enough to follow and has many pictures. It isn't verbose and its organization is reader-friendly and easy to understand. As a textbook, I give it 4 stars. As a book of pleasure I'd probably only give 3 stars - it really isn't very interesting.

I do like all the pictures that demonstrate the different poses. Black and white though.
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I love this book, just as I love the Yoga Journal magazine! It is an excellent resource and it is very well laid out. I am a beginning Yoga teacher and have been relying on this book and learning a lot from it when planning my classes.
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By Lauren Shone on October 8, 2009
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I was very satisfied with the book I ordered. It was in very good shape. The price I paid was very reasonable. It arrived very quickly. I couldnt have asked for any better service.

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