Qty:1
  • List Price: $34.95
  • Save: $9.15 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 28? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Small wrinkle / bend on front cover. Small wrinkle / bend on back cover.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $10.01
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses Paperback


Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$25.80
$21.29 $20.01

Frequently Bought Together

Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses + Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends + Yoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists
Price for all three: $77.40

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

100 M&T
100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
Looking for something good to read? Browse our picks for 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, brought to you by the Amazon Book Editors.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bandha Yoga; First Edition edition (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607439433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607439431
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ray Long, MD, FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. He is the author of the bestselling series, The Key Muscles of Yoga and The Key Poses of Yoga.

More About the Author

Ray Long, MD FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. He graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with postgraduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, The University of Montreal, and Florida Orthopedic Institute.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
21
4 star
3
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 25 customer reviews
I have to say I was skeptical ordering this book.
JMBAKER
The 4 books in the series have minimal overlap and the portions that do use different poses for the examples.
seth
The illustrations are excellent and detailed and the narrative is easy to understand.
Clarice Marchman-Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Carl Vagg on January 31, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
first three volumes arrived before time at my door securely packed,
with air bags, in perfect new condition, via amazon [to australia]..
large magazine size, well bound paperback, printed in canada on quality acid-free paper, 220 pages.. nice slightly heavy feel, bound to lie flat, solid cover for paperback with understated interesting pencil anatomy of bodies in asana relevant to volume content, clearly titled in large enough print, eg 'anatomy for BACKBENDS and TWISTS' on colour coded lower half of cover..
volumes look and feel good..

difficult to adequately review such a superlative ground breaking series[!]
everything is well laid out appropriately to learning and enjoying
these unique books.. holding/looking thru a volume while writing
this, i cant get over the level of excellence in everything..
example; section 'key concepts' repeated in each volume, clearly explains
'agonist/antagonist relationships', 'reciprocal inhibition', 'the muscle spindle', 'facilitated stretches', 'key co-activations', 'bandhas',
using specific asana with wonderfully clear large images together with
easily digestible text explanations of exactly how, these key concepts
and processes actually work in your body, and how to translate this
to your own practice and investigation of the asana and concepts..

it isnt just the typical dry text, with inadequate illustrations of many
attempts at yoga and stretching texts.. the imagery alone, combined with
well thought out clear explanations and directions, creates or enhances
your own in-brain imagery of your own muscles and joints in action
as you innervate them.. this is one unique standard setting feature
or these standard setting volumes..
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JMBAKER on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have to say I was skeptical ordering this book. I don't know anatomy. I practice yoga in my own home. I have been to one semester of yoga classes while I was in college. I really liked it, and have practiced off and on since. Only recently have I developed a kind of serious interest in getting into the yoga poses correctly and making sure that I am using the correct muscles for the poses as opposed to just "flopping" into them. I find that when I know the pose inside and out, I can actually concentrate on proper alignment, breathing, and using the correct muscles as opposed to what is in my to do list. Which means that I am more "present" in my practice.
I didn't get to look at this book through my library, one of the reasons why I was skeptical. I usually only get books that I have already decided are a worth while investment. So I threw caution to the wind and wound up with a wonderful book.
It goes into how the book should be read and then breaks down poses like Mountain, Tree, Warrior 1 and 2 by:
Telling you their joint position (Mountain = the knees are extended, hips neutral, . . .)
How to prepare for the pose
And what muscles you are using through various stages of the pose with some amazing muscular photos to go along with it.
It also give you some example workouts for vinyasa yoga as well.
Overall my impression: This is great, You can easily focus on proper alinement a pose or two at a time for a week until it becomes natural to your everyday practice. I am buying the rest of the set.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By seth on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this series of books is the best detailed info i've seen on the postures. There are 3 ways I understand poses here. Names are given for each muscle that either stretches or flexes, also pictures of said muscles in different hues of blue and red to show where intensity is, also the joints involed and the direction the muscles move the ligements. While it could be overwhelming for some there is a lot of growing room and so many details to continue to work towards better posture. Even the sugested vinyasa flow has some weight to how to order poses and it gives reference to the chakras. But what I really like is how scientific it seems. It even gives several variations that can be used for injuries or preparation for each pose. What I really like is how it details how to use reciprocal inhibition and the golgi tendon to go deaper into poses- which I might call a simple shift of awareness to push into the pain without getting hurt. As well as a heap of detail about creating bandhas via co-activation for stabelization. One thing I dont see is much detail to get into the individual poses. But you can get that from a number of other good books. Once you're in the basic pose this book will provide much detail to continue to explore, play and increase awareness and form. The 4 books in the series have minimal overlap and the portions that do use different poses for the examples. Definately check these out!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clarice Marchman-Jones on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am so pleased with this first book in the Yoga Mat Companion series. I will most certainly be purchasing the complete set.

The step-by-step illustrated instructions for each pose includes a preparation sequence, followed by the step-by-step process of achieving the pose with detailed explanation of the bio-mechanics of the movements involved. The illustrations are excellent and detailed and the narrative is easy to understand. Not only are the muscles which are involved in each pose shown clearly in the illustrations, but each muscle is "color coded" to show whether it is engaged or stretching.

As for the quality of the book: When I first placed my order, I was a little disappointed that this book was not available in "hard cover". I prefer the hard cover format because I feel it is more durable. I was pleasantly surprised when I received this "paperback" book. The cover is made of very thick card stock and the pages are very high quality "slick" paper. The binding seems similar to hard cover books. I feel this is a very durable book that will last as long as a hard cover book. Also, the book "lays flat" which makes it very convenient to use while practicing the techniques presented.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa6ba32b8)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?