- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609618394
- ISBN-13: 978-1609618391
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga: The Essential Guide to Complete Mind/Body Fitness Paperback – October 30, 2012
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About the Author
KATHRYN BUDIG is an international yoga teacher and writer. She is the creator of Aim True Yoga and co-founder of Poses for Paws. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Women's Health, The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She teaches regularly online at Yogaglo.com .
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In addition to the pictures and descriptions of how to get into the poses, there is a wide assortment of routines you can do in 15 minutes or less, also divided into categories. There's an AM routine, a PM routine, a routine for energy, routines for athletes of various sports, and even routines for your sex life ;) Again, it would have been nice to learn about the individual poses so that maybe I could choose specific poses for my needs but I think a lot of the routines she included will be very useful for me, especially given that I am making it a goal to get more yoga into my everyday schedule. Being able to get 15 minutes into a busy day is great!
I do really like the book and think it's going to serve as a great reference for me currently. Beginners CANNOT skip attending classes though, at least for a while until you learn the proper way to execute poses. This book does not provide enough detail on alignment for those new to yoga, and it is important to have a teacher help you learn what the alignment feels like because you just can't see yourself while all twisted up!
Lastly, I do really like the description at the beginning of the book on the 8 limbs of yoga. This is something that WILL help to increase my knowledge and understanding of yoga, and she puts things in very easy-to-understand terms. Really helpful. I like how she relates it to a modern, "normal" life. For example, she discusses how some yogis feel that you shouldn't eat meat as an extension of the non-violence tenet, but emphasizes that there are other options including sustainable and/or local meats and eating it in moderation. This portion of the book also includes a bit on diet like a 3-day cleanse. As someone with a good understanding of nutrition (studied it at University) who eats a "clean" diet already and doesn't struggle with weight issues I don't find this very useful. Others might be interested to try it, though, and the recipes looked reasonably easy and the diet seems safe.
All in all I think there is enough here that I consider this a useful purchase that I will enjoy learning from for a while as I try incorporating more yoga into my week with her short routines.
* a brief overview of the history of yoga
* language of yoga
* benefits of yoga
* answers to common questions on yoga
* touches on some of the deeper spiritual aspects of yoga (enough to give a taste of it, but not to overwhelm)
* how yoga keeps you fit
* conscious eating and even includes a sample meal plan with a few recipes!
That's just the first 40 pages :) THEN the book goes onto:
* a thorough break down of every essential yoga pose with beautiful photographic spreads that have anatomical cues
* fun 15 minute sequences you can do at home to target different parts of the body (ie.legs, arms, butt, etc...), special health-focused sequences (ie. pms, hangover, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc...), performance sequences (ie. basketball, golf, climbing, etc.), emotional health (ie. anxiety, relaxation, broken heart, etc...) and much MORE!
I am a yoga teacher and I would recommend this to any student seeking to perfect their asanas and gain a general understanding of yogic philosophy. However, if you're looking to get deep into the philosophy of yoga, this would not be the book I recommend. There are many other yoga books on anatomy and philosophy. However, I found this book to be very user friendly and well thought out guide to deepening your yogic practice! I believe that every yogi and/or yogini would benefit from having this book in their library.
I love yoga before bed because you get your heart rate up with out a sweet and it relaxes you. This book I can pick what ones will work best for the crazy hours I work.
As a person of faith in God an Christ, it's easy to skip the part you feel are to far out side your own believes, this book is open to any believes, so you can make it what you believe in. Now really didn't read any of that, it just over all yoga is about you an what makes you feel good and feel healthier. That why it about what you believe.
The picture are wonderful, I love that there was one guy. It's nice because some men hurt at work an I can show them this book to help them.
I'm some what a Tom boy, or just closed off from everyone. I found that yoga help keep me at peace with the work man side, an out side of work the really me who's feminine.
I would definitely recommend this book.
I don't get into the "routines" really, I just go through the poses. This book is nice in that it classifies your poses by, for example, "Standing Poses" "Seated Poses" etc. Well done book, overall.