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Extra Love: The Art of Hands-On Assists - The Definitive Manual for Yoga Teachers, Assistants and Advanced Students, Volume One Paperback – October 31, 2011
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Jill has put together a valuable resource for yogis of all ages. Her emphasis on correct alignment and form will help students practice with better awareness and safety and help teachers confidently meet the unique needs of their students, especially as yoga grows more popular and diverse. Jill offers a great message for a safe, sustainable, lifelong practice.- Mache Seibel, MD, Editor, My Menopause Magazine & Co-Author, A Woman's Book of Yoga, Boston, Massachusetts
I am looking for ways for our teachers to gain more understanding of hands-on adjustments. Your book sounds like just the ticket for us.... Best wishes on your important service to Hatha yoga teachers of all traditions. - Swami Ashokananda, President, Integral Yoga Institute
Congratulations on your book, Jill, which I related to immediately! What sets you apart is your passion, focus and expertise in hands-on assists. This is your specialty, you've dedicated yourself to sharing this knowledge with others, and I know you'll be successful. - Bryan Kest, Master Teacher, Founder of Power Yoga Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Jill's assists are unforgettable. She's truly gifted in this realm of teaching. Her book - a great resource for teachers - conveys deep expertise, a loving, generous, graceful approach, and commitment to deepening students' experience of yoga. - Stephanie Snyder, Creator of Yoga Journal's DVD Yoga for Strength and Toning, San Francisco, CA
Thank you, Jill, for having your new assist book hand delivered to us. It is beautiful. Sending you love and blessings for all the heartfelt hard work you have done and continue to do with such grace and purpose--spreading the Jivamukti message. You are an inspiration.
- Sharon Gannon, Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga, New York, NY
From the Author
At the time I was working towards self-publishing the first volume of Extra Love in 2010, there was only one other book on yoga adjustments on the market, Stephanie Pappa's Yoga Postures Adjustments and Assisting. I dutifully ordered it on Amazon, read it carefully and admired the author for her effort to articulate -- in simple words and pictures -- what is really a multi-dimensional art form.
Several more books came out since then, notably Yoga Assists by my own teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, a beautiful book interweaving technique with the spiritual teachings of the famous Buddhist sage, Master Shantideva. Mark Stevens, author of a well-reviewed book on yoga sequencing, recently published a large volume called Yoga Adjustments.
Why mention other books? All paths lead up the mountain. You should know there are many resources out there, all with a slightly different slant on the same topic, and they're all wonderful.
"Extra Love" was born in San Francisco, where the expression refers to compassionate and skilled touch, teacher to student. Its first printings took place at a mom and pop print shop owned by a Chinese family out on Bayshore Avenue. I didn't have an agent or publisher, then or now, as I simply wanted to create a resource for the teachers and students I was directly training. A "leave behind." Before long, I switched to a print on demand format to keep up with demand. Yoga's growing popularity, the explosion in teacher training programs and desire for continuing education eventually converged.
The book was, and still is, meant to serve as a manual to accompany in-person workshops and trainings. It's very difficult to master this teaching skill from a book -- a bit like learning the entire craft of massage therapy via a correspondence course, with no contact hours. The best way to learn the art of assisting is - in fact -- in person - through tactile, group and partner exercises, up-close examination of hands on technique, drills in assisting sequences of poses with the right sense of rhythm and touch, and someone who knows what they're doing coaching you along. Not to mention, the profound bonding experience that takes place in such a group dynamic.
The books are slim, to-the-point, divided up in easily digestible categories of poses. You can easily carry them to and from the studio where you teach, practice and show off your stuff to your friends. The 2 volumes will guide you further if you've already learned in person, i.e., they're excellent reference manuals, rather than "textbooks." To the reviewers who commented books are too short, this is the reason why.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu - May all beings be happy and free. May we all contribute from our own hearts.
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Hands-on assists are a great way to make the yoga practice more tailored to each student's needs. The author provides a fantastic list of principles that are the foundation, and art, of assists. I am really glad that I bought this book and plan to regularly use it as a reference- and reminder to always begin each assist with intention. I recommend that any yoga teacher who would like to further his/her teaching practice read this book, your students will greatly benefit from the increased awareness that it cultivates.
In addition, I have adopted her books for our yoga teacher training. It seems that every student wants more education in hands-on assisting. I feel confident in recommending these books during training - knowing that they will serve our students well for years to come. The art of hands-on assisting is one that continues to deepen and grow over time. It is clear that Jill has continued to develop her passion and expertise in assisting, and has generously shared her knowledge through these books.
I have been to hundreds of yoga classes with all types of teachers, and I can truly say that Jill is the best teacher I've ever had. She has a calm that permeates her classes, and you can feel the connection she has to yoga, which in turn is very inspiring to me as her student. Jill is a gem, and this is book is an extension of the knowledge, care, and love she applies to yoga and her students.