30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers

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In 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Judith Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive guide for beginning students and their teachers. The author discusses yoga's ancient eightfold path and its relevance in today's world, and goes to the heart of yoga—the all-important student-teacher relationship. Thirty essential yoga poses (asana), their variations, and breathing practices (pranayama) are also provided, with ...

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Overview

In 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Judith Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive guide for beginning students and their teachers. The author discusses yoga's ancient eightfold path and its relevance in today's world, and goes to the heart of yoga—the all-important student-teacher relationship. Thirty essential yoga poses (asana), their variations, and breathing practices (pranayama) are also provided, with guidance for the student practicing at home, and points for the classroom teacher. Sequences are presented with photographic charts for easy visual reference, and a "Mantra for Daily Practice" and glossary of anatomical terms and resources for further study are also included.

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There are many books available on different schools of yoga and many aspects to this complex and venerable mind-body spiritual practice. Longtime teacher Lasater offers a quintessential guide to Iyengar yoga, which uses props and emphasizes precision and alignment in yoga poses. She writes for beginners, but also includes material aimed at those who teach beginners, since teachers are students of whatever field they teach. The book is well-organized, opening with a concise introduction to yoga as an entire system. Its heart is a clearly written, amply illustrated (more than 340 color photos) sequence of 30 essential poses. A physical therapist and psychologist, Lasater understands the nuances of yoga poses, addressing common mistakes and precisely describing what is happening anatomically. She also skillfully correlates the challenges to mind and body that each pose provides, suggesting spiritual "explorations" that make the pose a new lesson each time it is practiced. A subsequent section combines poses in varied sequences, each series aimed at a different goal, such as strength, relaxation or overcoming busy days. A helpful concluding section lists terms and resources. The book is blessedly accessible, eschewing the glitz of some trendy yoga material. It also consistently counsels respect for physical and student-teacher boundaries to avoid problems, whether from physical pain or exploitative student-teacher relationships developing from an intense body-based discipline. This is highly recommended for beginners. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930485044
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 151,534
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Part 1 Beginning with an Ancient Tradition 1
About Yoga 2
About the Book 3
Go for the Joy 4
Part 2 Being a Student, Being a Teacher 5
The Student Chooses the Teacher 6
Boundaries: Creating a Restorative Environment 6
Essential Guidelines for Students Attending a Yoga Class 8
Transitioning From Student to Teacher 9
Essential Guidelines for Teachers 9
From Colleague to Colleague 11
Part 3 The Poses 13
1 Mountain Pose 15
2 Tree Pose 19
3 Extended Triangle Pose 25
4 Half-Moon Pose 31
5 Warrior I Pose 37
6 Warrior II Pose 43
7 Extended Side-Angle Stretch Pose 49
8 Side-Chest Stretch Pose 55
9 Wide-Leg Standing Forward Bend Pose 61
10 Downward-Facing Dog Pose 67
11 Standing Forward Bend Pose 73
12 Up-Plank Pose and Down-Plank Pose 79
13 Headstand Preparation Pose 85
14 Lunge Pose 91
15 Cobra Pose 97
16 Bow Pose 103
17 Bridge Pose 109
18 Upward-Facing Bow Pose 115
19 Elevated Legs-up-the-Wall Pose 121
20 Supported Shoulderstand Pose 127
21 Simple Seated-Twist Pose 133
22 Hero--Heroine Pose 139
23 Head-of-the-Knee Pose 145
24 Seated-Angle Pose 151
25 Bound-Angle Pose 157
26 Reclining Leg-Stretch Pose 163
27 Lying Twist Pose 169
28 Child's Pose 175
29 Basic Meditation Pose 179
30 Basic Relaxation Pose and Essential Breathing Practices 185
Part 4 The Practice 195
The Sacred Circle 196
Sequencing and Why It Matters 196
Props and Why They Matter 197
Practical Tips for Practice 197
Four Practice Choices 198
Part 5 And More 237
Glossary 238
Resources 240
About the Model 242
About the Author 243
From the Publisher 244
Index 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

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    This is an excellent book with great illustarions for beginners. Each pose has been described in details with comments for students and teachers. There is chapter at the end with recommended daily schedule with pose pictures and reference to the chapter of the book. I am a beginner, go a class twice per week, and have checked several books from the Library on Yoga. If I could buy only one book on Yoga, this book would be my choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Would recommend

    Great book! with instructions and photos demonstrating each pose.

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