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Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee Paperback – April 28, 2004
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Yees trademark long dark ponytail, rock-hard body and constantly serene facial expression have comforted many stressed-out would-be yogi who watch his dozens of bestselling yoga videos. In this new work, he offers yoga practitioners a two-month regimen that they can adopt as a home practice. Yee promises that his regimen will bring readers "physical and emotional well-being," as well as "various insights... about the nature of yoga." The book begins by covering practical concernshow to prepare a home yoga practice, decide on practice times, set up a location and propsbefore proceeding to lay out the eight-week program, which tackles a different aspect of yoga each week (e.g., "Moving Toward Balance" and "Being Present"). Anatomy lessons, advice on breathing, copious photographs and detailed directions enhance this friendly guide, making it one of the most comprehensive and accessible yoga books on the market.
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“While yoga classes can be illuminating, it is in one's home practice where the depth and subtlety of yoga is cultivated. Moving toward Balance makes an important contribution by presenting a systematic approach to developing and maintaining a yoga practice. It will speak to everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners.” ―Patricia Walden, instructor of best-selling yoga videos and contributor to The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health
“A tremendous amount of insight and practical information is housed within these pages, presented in an orderly, thorough, friendly, and truly helpful manner. Rod and Nina have obviously put a lot of work into this book and have done an excellent job. Plus, it has an important, timely, and often overlooked theme at its core: how to practice on your own and learn from it. What better gift could there be from one of the world's premier yoga teachers than to learn how to do what he is doing?” ―Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
“Rodney Yee is the key that opens the door, allowing you to tap into your mind, body, and soul. He is the charge of electricity that channels the flow of energy, allowing endless possibilities to emerge. I am honored to call him my teacher and friend.” ―Donna Karan
“In Moving toward Balance, Rodney Yee's instructions are clear and full of the practical details that take you step-by-step to an incredible state of being. This book makes me want to unroll my mat and practice right now!” ―Richard Freeman, author of The Yoga Matrix and director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado
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I have taken yoga classes for years. I have had many teachers, some well educated, some just starting out. I have practiced at home on a fairly regular basis for years as well. This book took everything to the next level. I can't stop talking about it. Moving Toward Balance is meant to be a supplement to your regular practice. This is something you can do every day, on your own, for about an hour a day. It is divided into sections by week. Each week has a theme, such as twists. The fist day of the week includes in-depth descriptions of each pose and walks you through different variations. Then each following day puts the poses together into a daily practice, always concluding with relaxation and meditation. The last day of the week focuses only on relaxation and meditation. And you get one day off!
When I first got the book, my schedule allowed me to do yoga every day. I was amazed at how quickly I gained strength all over my body. The descriptions were teaching me things about each pose that I had never learned before. I could do some of the poses, but not all, and the book guided me through getting closer and closer to the full pose.
There are even weeks in which I learned to do HANDSTANDS. And I could really do the supported pose! I have been feeling great about the accomplishments I have made and the new things I have tried.
As my life got more busy in the following weeks, I could only get to "my yoga'" maybe every other day. This has not been a problem. I am almost done with the entire book now (about 12 weeks total) and plan to start at the beginning as soon as I am done. I am so much stronger and more flexible and more confident than I was at the beginning of the program, so I want to start over and gain even more knowledge with my new abilities!
***Why this book is better than any video or class (except for one-on-one progressive classes)***
I can take this book with me anywhere. I don't need a TV. I can do my practice at a soccer game or in the woods. I can take it to a friend's house.
It builds on itself. Soemthing you learn in week one will be used in week two. By the end, the routines put together everything you have learned and shows you how to create your own routine. Most classes in my area are drop in, which means that they are at a level i.e. intermediate and stay at that level with out progressing. You will never try a headstand and you will never have an easy restorative practice if your only class is intermediate. This book takes you from wherever you are and brings you up.
I can stop anytime and not worry about pausing. I can start the practice, go start the rice cooker, go back to practice. My kids can interrupt me between poses and it doesn't bother me because there is not video to stop. I can take a rest and drink some water. I can answer the phone. There is no need to pause or try to catch up.
I can take as long as I want in each pose. Sometimes I really need a longer stretch to fully feel the pose. Sometimes my abs are sore from pilates and I can only hold a pose for half the recommended time. With the book, I can truly do my own practice with guidance instead of rushing to keep up with an instructor. I can actually really do what the instructors always want: I can FOLLOW MY OWN BREATH!
I can cut out poses that hurt. I have an acute knee injury and I have easily been able to work around it by avoiding poses that exacerbate the pain. No big deal.
The book includes routines for menstruating women and for restorative poses during illness, so you can keep on going even if you aren't feeling so great. This is good for me, because sometimes if something falls out my daily routine, it is lost forever!
*** props you need ***
If you are going to do this whole book you are going to need some props: a block, a strap (or a belt of towel), some blankets that can be neatly folded, a bolster (I got a great one from YogaAccessories here on Amazon for about $35), and a mat.
Good luck. I would love to hear about your experience with this book!
I am a long time fan of Mr. Yee. His videos have been the basis of my home practice - a chance to repeat and practice poses first learned in class. They provide visual and verbal details in a context that helps understand how the pose should "feel". But, I could never put together a routine for my needs today.
The book is organized around the concept of "balance", and I have learned from it that balance opens a world of choices. If yoga is a means to freedom of choice, then the choices can be expressed as balance. For example, the balance between observing and doing is a lot like the balance between yoga and earning a living or between meditating and active practice, or between breath and one's lower back, or between forward bend and hand stand.
Freedom in life is limited by the choices we see. In Moving Toward Balance Rodney Yee shares his philosophy of freedom in a completely approachable way. Most poses are described in three versions and he tells us what to expect from each. He discusses the ways outcomes are improved through different combinations of poses, how the book can be used to create a personal practice, and, of course, how to increase the number of choices.
I now know why I could never plan a yoga practice - I didn't know what the choices are. Mr. Yee leads us to discovering them and I am much happier. You will be too.
-to start a yoga practice
-to learn correct alignment of yoga poses
-to learn ways to modify poses
-to learn inversions
-to have lessons to establish a home practice
-to have lesson plans for teaching yoga