Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners

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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga—revised and updated with full color illustrations and photos—is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must-have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning. The author holds a PhD in Anatomy and was a sought-after professor, teacher and yoga practitioner for over thirty years. He lived and taught at the ...

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Overview

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga—revised and updated with full color illustrations and photos—is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must-have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning. The author holds a PhD in Anatomy and was a sought-after professor, teacher and yoga practitioner for over thirty years. He lived and taught at the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy, and the University of Minnesota and Columbia University medical schools.

The book is unique in the literature, combining the breadth and depth of a textbook with the readability, humor and flow of the great science writers of our time, while bridging the gap between biomedicine and complementary medicine. In it, you will find a comprehensive overview of yoga anatomy and physiology, with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cadiovascular systems.

The book presents the anatomy of yoga in scientific terms, while at the same time respecting its principles. The author discusses the basic premises of hatha yoga with foundational material accepted in biomedical sciences, expressly avoiding comment on non-physical concepts such as prana and the chakras. Postures are discussed in detail and depicted in excellent quality color photographs, accompanied by anatomical diagrams to illustrate critical processes and muscle groups.

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Editorial Reviews

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Coulter, who received a PhD in anatomy in 1968, and has taught in numerous contexts since then, has also been a student of yoga since the 1970s. Here he conjoins his two areas of expertise. After discussion of basic premises regarding yoga practice<-->focusing attention, becoming aware of breath, moving into and out of postures, responding to pain<-->he discusses movement and posture, breathing, and abdominopelvic exercises, and then explores in detail the various standing, backbending, forward bending, twisting, and inverted postures, as well as relaxation and meditation. In his densely packed explications and descriptions, he variously addresses yoga teachers, yoga students, and medical practitioners; and this leaping about from audience to audience lends a clutter to the presentation. Still, there's valuable information here for readers in all three groups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book describes the philosophy and postures of hatha yoga with an objective analysis correlating these postures with biomedicine. Using anatomically precise terminology, the book discusses the effects of hatha yoga on major body systems.
Purpose: The book provides a comprehensive overview of anatomy and physiology of hatha yoga with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cadiovascular systems. The book exceeds the author's objectives and fills a void in the literature, bridging biomedicine and complementary medicine.
Audience: Every yoga teacher as well as any health professional or layperson interested in exploring the anatomical and physiologic aspects of hatha yoga should own this unique publication. Dr. Coulter brings over 25 years' teaching experience in science and hatha yoga to this book. His writing style should satisfy and appeal to a range of disciplines and individuals at varying educational and professional levels.
Features: The author discusses the basic premises of hatha yoga with foundational material accepted in biomedical sciences, expressly avoiding comment on non-physical concepts such as prana and the chakras. All postures are discussed in detail and depicted in excellent quality black-and-white photographs. Steps in the postures are illustrated as well as terminal points of the positions.
Assessment: The book presents hatha yoga in scientific terms while at the same time respecting its principles. Marrying academic discourse with detailed and pictorial representations of postures, it is a premier book in the field.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970700612
  • Publisher: Body & Breath, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 622
  • Sales rank: 374,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Introduction 15
Basic Premises 17
Chapter 1 Movement and Posture 21
The Neuro-musculoskeletal System 22
The Nervous System 29
Reflexes 36
The Vestibular System, Sight, and Touch 47
Connective Tissue Restraints 51
Stretching 60
Three Postures 62
Putting It All Together 66
Chapter 2 Breathing 67
The Design of the Respiratory System 68
The Muscles of Respiration 74
How Breathing Affects Posture 82
The Somatic and Autonomic Systems 85
The Physiology of Respiration 91
Thoracic Breathing 102
Paradoxical Breathing 107
Supine Abdominal Breathing 108
Abdominal Breathing in Sitting Postures 111
Diaphragmatic Breathing 120
A Traditional Warning 131
Chapter 3 Abdominopelvic Exercises 139
Crunches and Sit-ups 140
The Foundation of the Body 141
Supine Leg Lifts 160
Yoga Sit-ups 169
The Sitting Boat Postures 171
The Peacock 173
The Pelvis and The Anatomical Perineum 177
Ashwini Mudra 182
Mula Bandha 183
Agni Sara 188
Uddiyana Bandha, The Abdominal Lift 195
Nauli 201
Contraindications 204
Benefits 205
Chapter 4 Standing Postures 207
The Skeletal System and Movement 210
Anatomy of the Spine 215
Symmetry and Asymmetry 227
Standing Postures 228
Four Simple Stretches 230
Backward Bending 236
Forward Bending 240
Side Bending 249
What Makes Postures Difficult? 254
The Triangle Postures 255
Two Balancing Postures 267
Benefits 271
Chapter 5 Backbending Postures 273
The Anatomy of Flexion and Extension 274
Breathing and Backbending 280
The Cobra Postures 284
The Locust Postures 296
The Prone Boat Postures 303
The Bow Postures 305
The Knee Joint 307
Supine Backbending Postures 312
A Kneeling Backbend--The Camel 320
Contraindications 323
Benefits 324
Chapter 6 Forward Bending Postures 325
Forward Bending: Head, Neck, and Chest 326
Lumbar and Lumbosacral Forward Bending 327
Sacroiliac Nutation and Counternutation 328
Forward Bending at the Hip Joints 332
Forward Bending at the Ankles and in the Feet 334
Clinical Matters and Cautions 337
The Posterior Stretch 340
The Down-Facing Dog 349
The Child's Pose 352
Breathing and Forward Bending 353
Sacroiliac Flexibility 355
Hip Flexibility 361
Benefits 381
Chapter 7 Twisting Postures 383
The Fundamentals of Twisting 384
The Skull, the Atlas, and the Axis 388
Movements of the Head and Neck 392
Thoracic Twisting 395
Lumbar Twisting 396
The Lower Extremities 398
Supine Twists 403
Standing Twists 410
Inverted Twists 424
Sitting Spinal Twists 425
Benefits 435
Chapter 8 The Headstand 437
The Cardiovascular System 437
The Two Headstands 446
The Upper Extremities 455
Structural Imbalances 471
Breathing Issues 474
Developing Strength and Flexibility 477
Bending and Twisting in the Headstand 488
Extending Your Time 493
Benefits 497
Chapter 9 The Shoulderstand 499
Anatomy of The Shoulderstand 500
Inverted Action Postures 503
The Shoulderstand 507
The Plow 516
The Lifted Shoulderstand and Plow 522
Circulation 524
Respiration 526
Sequelae 528
Benefits 539
Chapter 10 Relaxation and Meditation 541
Muscular Relaxation 543
Two Relaxation Postures 547
Breathing and Relaxation 552
The Autonomic Nervous System 554
Deepening Relaxation 562
Meditation Postures 565
Maintaining the Geometry 566
Props 572
The Six Postures 575
Mula Bandha 588
Mastering the Situation 589
Knower of the Veil 593
Glossary 595
Additional Sources 607
Acknowledgments 609
Index of Anatomical Terms 611
Index of Practices 619
Biographical Sketch 623
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    A must have for Hatha Yoga Teachers

    In depth information that you should know when you are teaching a class. Read it a couple of times. Knowledge makes a good teacher.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Anatomy in relation to yoga

    Detailed book recommended for anyone teaching yoga.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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