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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
Rodney Yee is the Co-Director of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA, where he teaches public classes and a 1 1/2 year teaching training program. He is featured in two top-selling lines of yoga instructional videos: the Yoga Journal Practice series videos and the Gaiam yoga videos. He lives with his family in Piedmont, California.
Nina Zolotow is a writer as well as a yogi. She has 20 years of experience as an instructional writer but also writes intense, playful micro fiction. She studies yoga with Rodney Yee and other teachers in the San Francisco Bay area.
These are very helpful for planning out sequences as a new teacher. Some of the Sanskrit was different than what I learned in my yoga teacher training, which is why I gave it 4... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Evans
I have always wanted yoga pose cards to plan and lay out my work out.
Great quality and size. The instructions iron on each card is very helpful
not as helpful as I thought they would be; unfortunetly too many poses that i'd already mastered through lessonsPublished 4 months ago by lady di
It does help me a lot since I am studying to be a Hatha Yoga teacher.Published 6 months ago by Puppy
These are great cards. I have the other "yoga" deck, seeing a real human on the photo is great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by pen
It has some good information in the book, but I wish he had more tips on how to stretch your muscles more to where you can make more progress to do those harder poses.Published 7 months ago by M. White
This is an astonishing and powerful addition to my (20 year) yoga practice. I bought extra copies for two friends...Published 8 months ago by Howard
The cards are great as far as description, picture and purpose. It would have been better if there were move standing poses and challenging poses.Published 8 months ago by Christina