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Yoga Anatomy Paperback – June 20, 2007
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About the Author
Leslie Kaminoff has more than 20 years of experience and is an internationally recognized specialist in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He is cofounder and head instructor of the Breathing Project, a New York City-based yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga practice and therapy. He currently practices yoga therapy and teaches anatomy in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and advises various yoga schools on the anatomy content of their national certification program. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools, and training programs in the United States, and he has helped organize international yoga conferences and symposia. Kaminoff is the founder of the highly respected international yoga list
e-Sutra, and he has been a featured yoga expert in Yoga Journal and the New York Times, as well as online at WebMD, FOXNews Online, and Health.com. Kaminoff resides in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Uma, and their three sons.
About the Illustrator
Sharon Ellis has worked as a medical illustrator in New York for more than 25 years. Her award-winning illustrations have been exhibited at the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Illustrators, the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Rx Club, and the Spring Street Gallery in Soho. Ellis is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and has received the organization’s Best Illustrated Surgical Book award. She was also awarded a grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and her work has appeared in many medical books and magazines. Ellis holds a master’s degree in medical art from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a master of fine art from the State University of New York. She resides in New York City.
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This book is a godsend for anyone who studies or teaches yoga. It reflects so much care and work and attentiveness to detail. It really is anatomy for yogis. I've been studying yoga for close to 40 years and have been exposed to a variety of corrective allignment forms of body work. So when I'm having trouble in a posture I often refer to standard anatomy books but they can be overwhelming and aren't geared towards helping me understand what is going on in a given posture. Despite taking several anatomy classes including a wondrous anatomy dissection class, I still don't have enough knowledge to translate what I read or see in an antomy text into what I'm doing and not doing in a given yoga posture. There are books that aim to be more inclusive, like Mel Robin's book on the physiology of yoga--but I just get overwhelmed by that much information. This book helps me see the main muscles working in a given posture and the main reasons I might be having difficulty with that posture. Of course I would like even more--how can I strengthen or lengthen the muscles that I'm needing to employ in a given posture. But that is asking for too much and I think really requires work with a well trained teacher. This book is just the right size, user friendly and chocked full of information. The illustrations are remarkable, showing postures from different angles and reflecting the author's extensive study of both anatomy and yoga. I highly recommend it.
Yes, the pictures are in black and white on the actual Kindle device. However, you can also view the book in color when you open it on your computer (through the Kindle for Mac/PC application). I would love to just get the book in full color on my Kindle, but this is a great option while technology lags behind.
The book is as valuable for its text as it is for its pictures. If you download the sample of the book, you can judge the text's quality for yourself (I found the explanations extremely helpful). The diagrams are understandable in black and white, but some are harder to understand without color. In these instances, I open up the book on my computer and examine the pictures in full color.
If the book is better in color, why not just buy the non-Kindle edition? For me, it's a matter of utility. I wouldn't carry this around as a paperback as I already have a ton to carry every day, and I rarely have time to sit down with a book and just read for several hours at home. Having it on my Kindle means that if a pocket of time suddenly opens up in my day, I can sit in a cafe or library and study anatomy. This ensures that I'll actually be able to read the book. When I buy paper books of this sort, they usually sit around at home and either don't get read or don't get read for a long while--not because I don't care, but simply because it's hard to make the time once I get home.
The descriptions are thorough and will peak your curiosity about the pictures. While again, ideally, the pictures would just be in color on the actual Kindle device, I do find myself interested enough that I will take a look at the pictures on my computer once I get home. I feel that having the book on my Kindle and having a color option at home helps me get the best out of both worlds. For that, five stars.
If I bought some kind of anatomical dictionary and used it to translate this book, I've no doubt the book would be wonderful. The illustrations are amazing, and I can tell that the text and the breakdown of each pose are thorough and not at all dry. Nevertheless, I'm going to have to ask a friend who's an RN for some help reading it. Yogis, be warned: you'll need some knowledge of anatomical terminology to understand this book.
Take a look at the sample pages, and you will see how carefully they are done and explained. Don't be turned off by the cover, which is one of those picture-perfect postures for advanced students. Look instead at standing poses or the warrior postures. If you're like me, you will find your practice more rewarding once you learn what you are supposed to be doing, and WHY.
The book was recommended to me by a yoga teacher who also has a master's in physical therapy. I find it useful when I don't understand something to ask her or to bring the book for her explanation.