- Series: Yoga Mat Companion (Book 4)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bandha Yoga; First Edition edition (December 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160743945X
- ISBN-13: 978-1607439455
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yoga Mat Companion 4: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions Paperback – December 22, 2010
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Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions
Yoga Mat Companion 4
Ray Long MD
Dr. Ray Long rounds out his Mat Companion series with the art and the science behind arm balances and inversions. With this companion guide, practitioners will be able to better understand the anatomy of these more complex poses. Through this scientific approach to arm balances and inversions, practitioners are able to build a stronger knowledge and awareness of the anatomy of this family of poses and deepen their practice.
Excerpts from: Yoga Mat Companion 4 - Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions - by Ray Long MD
Contract the adductor group to squeeze the inner thighs against the upper arms. At the same time, engage the lateral deltoids to press the arms outward against the thighs. Activate the triceps to extend the elbows. This links the upper and lower appendicular skeletons and creates a stabilizing bandha in Bakasana.
The axial skeleton is composed of the skull, spine, and ribcage. It links the upper and lower appendicular skeletons. Thus, the two subdivisions of the skeleton can be used to affect and influence each other. For example, in Parsva Bakasana, connecting the thigh to the upper arm turns the trunk (axial skeleton).
Sirsasana Step 3
Externally rotate the upper arm bones (the humeri) by contracting the infraspinatus and teres minor muscles of the rotator cuff. This stabilizes the head of the humerus in the socket. Contract the lower third of the trapezius to draw the shoulders away from the ears, freeing the cervical spine.
In the torso, Parsva Halasana lengthens the oblique abdominals, spinal rotators, and erector spinae muscles. Moving toward the legs, the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, and gastocnemius muscles all stretch, as do the toe flexors.
About the Author
Ray Long, MD, FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. He is the author of the bestselling series, The Key Muscles of Yoga and The Key Poses of Yoga.
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The quality of the paper, the drawings, the detail of the muscles, the clarity of the information,etc.
Inside you'll find instructions to ace the final Asana, options for preparing it like another asanas or how to use props (like in Iyengar style).
The book have a guide for muscles used in every asana or involved in it.
after vols 1/2/3 which were sent ahead as soon as
available, to avoid delay and at no extra cost..
all arrived well before estimated delivery time..
again, in perfect new condition etc..
having now had some opportunity to read thru these vols
beyond initial [delighted] skimming and sampling, the best
amplification is probably that everything mentioned in
my review of vol 1 has been further confirmed..
the more you read and take in the information and
amazing imagery, the more you realize that creative
experts in teaching and yoga have attempted a new standard
for this type of yoga physiology teaching resource..
best advice is still to fully investigate dr longs great
website bandahyoga.com which allows you to go thru these
wonderful books page by page at the click of a mouse..