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Power Yoga: The Total Strength and Flexibility Workout Paperback – January 17, 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're looking for an exercise routine, you can't do better than this.
Astanga yoga builds strength, flexiblity, stamina, discipline and mental quiet. It won't change your life overnight. But bit by bit as you start to feel healthier, and better about your body, the way you perceive the world changes as well. But everything comes very slowly, as it should.
Certainly there is a lot of quality content here, but it is sparse and has been covered more thoroughly by other authors (Schiffmann and Farhi for philosophy, Kraftsow for yoga therapy, and David Swenson for asanas).
The program which Birch recommends is basically a watered-down ashtanga yoga workout in the primary series, with a few embellishments.
When this book was initially released, it would have been a very valuable addition to any yogi's library. However, with the current selection of books and videos covering this subject, it has become obsolete and unneccessary.
Beware -- many of the positions are impossible to start off with, that's why she includes several work arounds for those not flexible enough to hold the positions yet. These workarounds are what prevent you from getting hurt and gradually teach your body to be able to do all the difficult positions.
Since starting astanga, I am becoming as flexible as when I was a child and stronger than during my years of weight lifting. My running, posture and sleeping have also improved as has my sense of general well being.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is almost as good as having a personal trainer with you as she walks you through every single position and transition between positions.
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Good balance of yoga history, lifestyle, and practice pointers. Good tips for beginners without the use of props.Published 1 month ago by Michael L. Eddy
This was just what I needed for my yoga class. It was very simple and gives you a great background on yoga. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this as part of my yoga teacher training program curriculum. I have a lot of respect for Birch and her experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Big Girl Life Blog
I loved this book, it may look old school but it's super relevantPublished 4 months ago by Pedal Forrest, Pedal
This is the most awesome and effective workout that I have ever found.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Baethge
The hard copy of this book sits on a small book shelf next to my bed with a collection of books I refer to as my bibles.Published 9 months ago by Phil Bramley
At My age(79), lack of flexibility (why I bought the book). The postures are very difficult and unstable for me, also I am not going to spend 2 hrs. doing yoga. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Warren Schrick
Beryl has inspired me to fully immerse myself in yoga, with the dream of teaching one day.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer