Big Yoga: A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies [NOOK Book]

Overview

If you think Yoga is only for skinny young things, you need to think again. To expert Meera Patricia Kerr, Yoga can be used by anyone-including those with bigger bodies. With an emphasis on health and relaxation, Meera has developed a unique Yoga program for larger individuals. In Big Yoga, she shares her successful plan with all those who think that Yoga is not for them.

Part One of Big Yoga begins with a clear explanation of what Yoga is, what benefits it offers, and how it ...

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Overview

If you think Yoga is only for skinny young things, you need to think again. To expert Meera Patricia Kerr, Yoga can be used by anyone-including those with bigger bodies. With an emphasis on health and relaxation, Meera has developed a unique Yoga program for larger individuals. In Big Yoga, she shares her successful plan with all those who think that Yoga is not for them.

Part One of Big Yoga begins with a clear explanation of what Yoga is, what benefits it offers, and how it can fit into anyone's life. Included is an important discussion of self-image. The book goes on to provide practical information regarding clothing, mats, and suitable environments, and to emphasize the need to begin your Yoga practice with care. Part Two offers over forty different postures specifically designed to work with bigger bodies. In each case, Meera explains the benefit of the posture and offers step-by-step instructions. Easy-to-follow photographs accompany every exercise, as well.

If you have thought that Yoga is not for you, pick up Big Yoga and let Meera Patricia Kerr help you become more confident, relaxed, and healthy than you may have ever thought possible.

Improve your health, strength, and flexibility

Promote efficient use five, circulatory, and endocrine systems

Alleviate depression and improve your mood

Heal joint pain and body aches

Reduce hypertension and stress through deep breathing practices and meditation

Prepare yourself with the right clothing and equipment

Discover how to create a tranquil space in which to practice Yoga

Gain confidence in your daily life

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Starred Review.

Though the power of yoga to help reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels-problems endemic to the overweight-is well-established, the popular image of the rail-thin yoga guru can discourage those who might benefit most. Kerr, a yoga instructor for 30 years, understands the challenges of the heavy-set; describing herself as "beefy, athletic, and loud," she provides a complete, much-needed guide for making yoga work regardless of limitations like weight, stiffness, injury or disability. Without skipping over yoga's history and evolution or its spiritual dimensions, as well as personal accounts of her training and the development of Big Yoga, Kerr adapts traditional Hatha yoga poses that work for everyone, and discusses each alongside a generous series of photos. With broad, thorough coverage of yoga's many aspects, including breathing technique and meditation as well as poses and their adaptations, Kerr's manual is a welcoming, comprehensive exercise program for the rest of us.
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MD Dean Ornish
"Big Yoga is a wonderful introduction to the ancient art and science of yoga for those challenged by extra weight, stiffness, injury, or disabilities. It is a welcome addition."
Library Journal
Sometime during the popularization of yoga in the West, a mythic yogic body stereotype emerged. As yoga became more commercialized, it appeared to be only for the slim, hyperlithe figures that permeated the media and studio instruction. "Big yoga" pioneer Kerr joined the movement to change this narrow perspective. She insists yoga is for everybody and urges people not to be discouraged by extra weight, inflexibility, or excuses. In Part 1, readers are mentally and physically prepared to begin their practice. Kerr provides an overview of yoga history and benefits, followed by a supportive discussion on self-image from her own experience as a plus-size person. In Part 2, Kerr demonstrates how to modify yoga postures for larger bodies without compromising form. Of equal importance, she also guides the reader through pranayama breathing exercises. VERDICT Kerr delivers on bringing yoga to a wider audience. Her thorough introduction to yoga is easy to read, the accompanying photographs make the asanas a breeze to comprehend, and helpful considerations for physical limitations are given. A worthy purchase for a growing genre.—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757051517
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 189,336
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Meera Patricia Kerr has been a yoga instructor for over thirty years. She started her study of yoga in the early 1970s under Sri Swami Satchidananda. After giving birth to her two children, Meera realized there was a need for adapting traditional yoga poses for the more curvaceous body. From this, she developed the Big Yoga program. Currently, Meera resides near the beautiful western shores of Michigan, where she continues to teach.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Yoga Basics

1 The Evolution of Yoga 7

2 What Yoga Can Do for You 17

3 Beginning Your Yoga Practice 23

4 Overcoming Shambling Blocks 33

Part 2 Yoga Practices

5 Hatha Yoga Poses 45

Warm-Ups 46

Backward Bends 75

Forward Bends 89

Inversions 99

Twists 115

Standing Poses 122

Seated Poses 141

6 Breathing Practices 157

7 Meditation 179

8 Service and Devotion 199

Conclusion 205

Glossary 207

Resources 209

Index 213

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Big Yoga is a Big help!

    This book is good for modifying some of the yoga poses - the pictures are a huge help when either practicing at home or in a class setting. There is also a huge amount of history of yoga and even meditations.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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