- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Killustrated (January 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692348131
- ISBN-13: 978-0692348130
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deconstructing Yoga starts off by very succinctly covering the history of yoga but it is primarily a very practical book. It objectively looks at the anatomical and physiological aspects of the postures in a no-frills manner. The key postures are presented here with very detailed descriptions and clear pictures. Whilst no previous knowledge of yoga is required, the book does assume previous exercise experience. Any anatomical or technical terms used (e.g. flexion, extension, etc.) are explained but some familiarity with them would be useful and this book would most benefit personal trainers and exercise instructors.
One strength of this scientific approach is that every single claim is backed up a reference. I like that each section contains it's own list of references rather than having them all in one ridiculously long list at the back of the book in tiny print.
An innovative aspect of this book is that the postures are presented in groups of three which makes it much easier to both practise and teach little segments. Each "triplet" is presented in a very logical manner and the postures are grouped together in a way that makes sense. The triplets are very easy to remember and students/clients could be given a triplet to work on at home. The triplets also build on each other to create longer routines. This approach does simplify the teaching process and is probably the book's biggest strength.
This book isn't for the yoga purists and there are plenty of other works that cater for that segment. However, if you're coming into yoga from another form of exercise then, this book may just be for you. In particular, this is a great resource for exercise instructors and personal trainers.