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Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers Kindle Edition
This book enables both the casual reader and the seasoned practitioner to understand and implement the anatomical structure and function of the body in yoga. Written with a conversational tone, the book delivers the complex subject of human anatomy in a way that is both provocative and clear. The underlying theme of the book is integration.
David Keil outlines how yoga teachers and practitioners can utilize a deeper understanding of their anatomy as they approach the larger scheme of yoga. How do the supposed "parts and pieces" of the body synchronize to support integrated movement? Finally, how do the various yoga postures interrelate from the perspective of functional anatomy?
Not only is David Keil an authority on the subject of anatomy, but he also has the wisdom and first-hand experience of a skilled yoga teacher and practitioner. He has been presenting the subject of anatomy in a way that is interesting, meaningful, and applicable to teachers and students alike since 2000.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour images and photographs to clearly explain the concepts and asanas, Functional Anatomy of Yoga will assist you in reaching new heights in your yoga practice using the "laboratory" of the body and the tools of yoga asana.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07CQ6YQ2T
- Publisher : Lotus Publishing (March 31, 2018)
- Publication date : March 31, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 45054 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,405 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I appreciate what David is trying to do, and despite the self-servingness of the paragraph at the end of the first section explaining why his approach is cool, I do agree that the best way to learn anatomy specifically to apply to yoga is with the body being rotated and in motion, rather than with the body always appearing oriented in the same direction. I also quite like that he uses yoga postures for a lot of the examples. That being said... this did not work for me.
His analogies in general confuse me. I do not see them as analogous to the thing being described.
He has a tendency to ask a question, then take 3-7 paragraphs to answer that question, but it's not readily apparent throughout those paragraphs that they are answering the question, which leaves me wondering why the heck we are talking about X when we were just talking about Y and how the two are connected. Then at the end he connects it back... which is nice, but if you're like me, you need the connection first so that you have a framework for the 3-7 paragraphs and can actually understand and retain the information. Instead I have to just read them all over again.
The pictures are sparse. For heavens' sake, it's an anatomy book. This is probably the biggest issue for me as I am a very big on illustrations for grasping (no pun intended!) The Big Picture.
And lastly, he introduces actual technical terms, but then only uses them once during the definition. For example, he defined periosteum (the thin outer layer around a bone) and then in later paragraphs referred to the "thin layer outside of the bone." It would help solidify the vocabulary if he actually used it in context; otherwise all of the technical information seems like a throwaway.
I am admittedly a more technical person by nature. If you are too, though, this might not be the best choice for learning yogic anatomy.
As the title suggests this is an anatomy book for practitioners of yoga. Whether you are a student or a teacher you can learn how your body works. I think even if you are med student you may like this book as it will help you understand you patients. This book is written from a very human perspective. Most anatomy books by contrast are very dry. If reading this book gets you interested in yoga, even better.
The dvd by David Keil was also helpful.
I think it will certainly be helpful as i progress as it is a wealth of information.
Hoped for more pictures showing anatomy and poses but certainly has value for someone more advanced.
Top reviews from other countries
I am no instructor of Yoga. I do practice yoga but what called my attention to the book is the fact that the author is a professor of kinesiology so I thought, he knew how to explain movement and relate it to the yoga poses.
I was wowed by the way he makes things so clear. My knowledge of anatomy is pretty advanced, but David nails it! The language is adequate to the professional and the laymen.
If you want to understand movement, I urge you to buy this book.
Shame that there are not more books around written by Mr. Keil. We would all benefit in learning from him.
This book did not disappoint. It covers the body starting at foot working up through each section of the human body and all areas are covered comprehensively.
Excellent book for those with some knowledge of anatomy and yoga.