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The Yoga Practice Guide, Dynamic Sequencing for Home Practice and Teachers Spiral-bound – 2011

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 71 pages
  • Publisher: Nomentira publishing; 3rd edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979895618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979895616
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
This is a truly beautiful book, from the illustrations to the beautiful excerpts and inspirational quotes to the heavier stock and convenient spiral binding. It's a perfect home practice companion with several useful sequences from beginning to advanced. The themed sequences do an amazing job of clearly illustrating how you can build up to a back bending or hip opening apex pose. It does exactly as it says on the tin, provides dynamic sequencing for home practice. What you will not receive is insight into alignment, how to get into poses, etc. So while a beautiful book, if you're an absolute beginner, I'd recommend going to a few classes with a qualified instructor to ensure you are moving safely in and out of your yoga poses.
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I recently received the revised (third) edition of Bruce Bowditch's "The Yoga Practice Guide", so here is my updated review.

"The Yoga Practice Guide" is a wonderfully-crafted book full of sequences; you can lay the book flat on the floor or prop it up, and just follow the series of hand-drawn pictures of each pose. There are sequences for beginning, intermediate, and advanced practitioners, as well as some of the standard vinyasas, pranayama, and even a chair sequence to do while at the office. Sequences are labeled for their emphasis (hip openers, back bends, etc.), and there are also some modular subsequences you can string together for a complete session.

The emphasis is on the practical: If you don't have the knowledge or time to craft your own sequence, you just flip open this book and get started. No space is spent on explaining why the poses are sequenced as they are, but seeing them presented graphically rather than being absorbed in the action, you can glean the patterns of warmup, peak energy poses, and cooldown, which will help you as you begin to do more of your own sequences or even improvise. For more thorough sequence design I expect you'll want some deeper training or a book dedicated to such.

The book's construction is very nice. The pages are light cardstock rather than paper, and the whole thing is ring-bound to lay flat. The cover is of the same light cardstock as the pages, which means the book needs care in handling.

There are some changes from the second edition. The type is set is a smaller but more readable font. On most pages the drawings a little bit larger in this edition, although on some they seem to be a tiny bit smaller. In any case, overall usability of this edition is better.
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Wow! This is the book for which Yoga practicioners on all levels have been waiting.. not only are the positions laid out VERY clearly visually but there is excellent sequencing..the exercises are easy to follow and the size and format of the book make them totally accessible. I'm impressed. The book, though simple in design, tells exactly what you need to know. It's 'in your face' yoga..good work Mr. Bowditch!
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The book was not quite was I expected or was looking for. I was looking for a book that would help guide me in creating my own sequences for home practice to augment my studio practice and help me emphasize asanas of my choosing that I am working on in class. Rather than a book about "sequencing," it provides a full range of "sequences," not quite the same thing. It is okay in itself, but nothing I can't easily get elsewhere, whether in video format or as a poster, or free online. I chose it over Mark Stephens' book simply because the subtitle emphasized home practice, whereas Stephens book is meant more for instructors. The author kindly autographed it, which also means I cannot easily return it. If you want a book of sequences to follow, I think it is a good book. But if you want a book to guide you to create your own sequences, this is not it.
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This is the book the yoga community has been waiting for! This is the book that will help you build your practice at home. There are hundreds of yoga books full of poses but none that teach sequencing ... UNTIL NOW! I recommend this book to all students and teachers of yoga. Although Bruce is an Anusara certified Yogi he has created a gift for yogis of all styles. You will never put this book on the shelf!
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I'm just completing my 200 hour teaching certification and was looking for a guide that would help me draft sequences for my classes. This book is an amazing help. I deducted one star just because all the terms are in sanskrit, and if you want the English translation then you have to buy a separate book. I don't think it would have been that hard to just add a glossary in the back....that being said, the layout is superb, and the sequences are thoughtful. My only other suggestion is that the book be hardcover so it could last for years :)
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This book in amazing. I am so grateful that Bruce Bowditch, an incredible yoga practitioner and Anusara instructor, has created and offers this book to us. I love how much deeper my practice is when studying with Anusara instructors and since I am rarely able to attend the few classes that are offered locally, this book provides approximately 20 asana sequences of various levels of difficulty and focus, as well as some pranayama, a restorative sequence, and a chair sequence, outlined by one inch detailed figures and Sanskrit names. This book is of course meant as a supplement to real class experiences, but for practicing yoga students of all levels. I highly recommend it, Thank you Mr. Bowditch!
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