Yee decided to write The Poetry of the Body to give in-depth information that's impossible to include in his videos, and this is where the strength of the book lies. He delves into exquisite detail about the proper posture, breath work, and positioning for the 45 most common yoga asanas, devoting several step-by-step photos to each one. (However, sometimes the book goes overboard on the detail--there are more than 400 pictures, and the photo meant to illustrate where the groin is located is hardly necessary!) Yee includes eight yoga practices--the "playful practice," "relaxation practice," and those based on "grounding," "falling," "breath," "resistance," and "movement"--each a series of a dozen or so poses designed to help the reader "self-study" and discover the ways in which the mind and the body interact.
Although the poses in these "practices" are nothing out of the ordinary, Yee's incredibly muscular and supple physique may intimidate rather than inspire novice practitioners, and his sincere but frequently corny instructions on how to fully embrace the poses may well be a turn-off ("Surrender the seed of your body into the earth, water it, and let it blossom"). Diehard fans will also be disappointed that much of the book is devoted to the opinions and contemplative creative writing of his coauthor, Nina Zolotow, one of Yee's students. --Erica Jorgensen
The pictures are so clear and helpful for determining the correct and modified way to perform the poses.
For someone like me, who is just beginning, and maybe a little intimidated even, this book is bound to be a great resource for learning the basic poses.
I am using the cards in conjunction with the book while I learn more of Rodney Yee's unique explanations of the poses.
Cards are nice, but difficult to put a sequence together because some of the poses need to be repeated, but there is only 1 card.Published 5 days ago by Devan
The cards are printed on heavy paper with rounded corners. The photography is black and white with limited contrast, which surprised me given the color picture on the front. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kevin Mann
"When the student is ready the teacher will appear." I borrowed a couple of yoga books and found this to be the best for me.Published 28 days ago by Hawaiian Diamond
These are great for practicing the poses and learning their names. One error in my deck - upward facing dog is given the incorrect name - should be urdhva mukha svanasana instead... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LibLady
Couldn't ask for more! Now I can do yoga anywhere, anytime! Yoga outside, yoga with dogs, yoga with horses! Of course Rodney is the MASTER of yoga in this country! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Moving On
I don't want to always have technology at my fingertips. These cards are really great!! Fun for travel as well...Published 5 months ago by D McD