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Interest in Yoga is at an all-time high-and with good reason. During the past decade millions of Americans have come to recognize that the benefits of physical Yoga are very great. Not only do they far surpass those of any system of self-improvement for the body (calisthenics, salon programs, jogging, isometrics, competitive sports) but they extend also to the emotional and mental aspects of the individual. Yoga is concerned with the health and beauty of the organism as a unified whole. Weight control, slimming, firming, relief of tension and stiffness, improvement in general health, emergence of hidden beauty, emotional stability and a positive mental outlook will be experienced by all those who apply themselves diligently to the plan of this book. This is true practically regardless of age or present physical condition!
As recently as ten years ago it would have been considered virtually impossible to successfully accomplish, within a 28-day period, the physical techniques presented herein. Formerly, a student who undertook the serious study of Yoga was prepared to devote a minimum of several years to the learning of the major Yoga exercises (asanas) and an unknown period of time to the perfecting of them. Humanorganisms have not changed in the past ten years. But through my personal experience with many thousands of students and in the course of offering more than one thousand "Yoga for Health" television programs, I have evolved an accelerated method of instruction that now enables any serious student to learn and practice 38 Yoga exercises within a four-week period! It is this unique system that is presented in the following pages.
Our format is simple. Most of the practice days consist of (1) learning new exercises, (2) adding movements to exercises partially learned, (3) reviewing exercises that have been completed. The title of each of these reviewed exercises is printed in gray. Every fourth day is devoted entirely to review. The numerous illustrations will always show you exactly how to proceed in new exercises and remind you of the correct movements for review. Days 17-25 list the exercises that are utilized in dealing with special problems.
Each day's exercises are arranged so that the sequence of the movements is performed first in a standing position, then sitting and finally lying. At the end of each day's exercises there is a page of Yogic information that should prove extremely interesting and of real value in your daily life.
Upon completion of the 28-day plan, you will refer to the routines at the end of the book that serve as a lifetime program for practice.
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Posted July 15, 2007
For the past thirty years I have been 'on and off' with yoga--mostly 'on'. It seems that every decade has a new yoga guru, a modern teacher of an ancient practise, who providees new information about yoga. I have bought DVDs and books on the subject, replete with beautiful people and glossy illustrations. But, in the long run, I return to the old, worn book that I love--this one. No writer and no illustration compares to Richard Hittleman. He is the best, the most 'pure' and he is all I need to practise yoga.
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Posted October 23, 2010
You have to buy this book first if you are planning to start any excerise program. More than twenty years ago, after losing 80 pounds, and having never done any regular excerise, I bought this book and over a period of six months, gained muscle tone, flexibility, stamina and was able to start running with my husband three times a week, I continued to lose body fat, and improve my cardiovascular system. This book will change your body and your mind. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and follow. If you are 16 or 60 you can benefit from this book. I loaned my copy to my granddaughter and now I must buy myself another copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2009
This is an old book and sometimes people like to dismiss self-help books that are older. Also other men might dismiss this book because it is geared toward women. But I had had this book and found the exercises kept me flexible and actually protected me from injury. Well, I got old and stopped. And then I slipped on the ice and threw my shoulder out. Had I still been doing the exercises I probably wouldn't have hurt myself as I did.
In any event, I had lost my large size copy of this book. (It comes in a paperback size but that version doesn't lay open well on the floor so I like the bigger sized book.) I went and got a cortisone shoot and bought a new copy of this book the same day and started exercising the next.
It is Oct 17 and I bought the book on August 27. Already I have more than 50% of my flexibility and mobility back in my arm. The cortisone shot has long worn off, but my pain has been greatly reduced. (I am no longer in constant agony.)
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a simple exercise yoga plan. In fact that was one reason why I bought the book in the first place so many years ago. There were lots of books on yoga. I have a few. But this was the only one with a plan. That is instead of me having to pick out exercises, this book tells you how to start, gives you easy things to start with, tells you exactly what to do each day, and helps you progress.
All I can say is the change that this book can make in 28 days is amazing. And the only thing I think I would have liked to see in this book that isn't there, is a discussion the difference between how men and woman would experience the stretching exercises. Men will find some some exercises easier than women will find them, and vice versa.
So get this book. Get a yoga mat ( I actually bought a mat and a roll-up rug to work on.) and enjoy.
Posted May 23, 2005
I bought my first copy of this book over thirty years ago. I used it when I was young a supple for more than 10 years. I stopped practicing for a good while. Now My adult daughter does yoga by dvd's etc. and asked me to join her. I could not keep up. So I returned to this book that cost me $1.95 when I purchased it in 1974. It is an amazing treasured friend for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2003
At first I thought it would be a bit outdated but then after going through all the exercises day by day, it didn't matter, they were awesome! I have never been so flexible in my life, just by following the simple day by day workouts. It is a great book, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to begin yoga and feel good about themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2003
Began dancing at the age of 6 years and discovered Yoga in my 30s. This book is excellent for adding flexibility to the body of even those who are limber. At the age of 60 I still find this book very important for beginners as well as those who need added flexibility. Very easily understood and incorporates the mind as well as the body.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2003
First started using this book about 20 years ago. Although I've added to my collection this is the book I always recommend to those interested is starting yoga. It's a jewel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2002
This still rates as my favorite yoga book of all time and I own about a dozen. I reccommend this book to anyone who would not only like to learn about yoga postures but also the enchantingly simple theories behind each postures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2002
I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about beginning a yoga exercise program. It is geared to someone who has not had any or very little yoga experience. The program starts very slowly to help your body adjust and to decrease risk of injury. It is continually stressed to go at your own pace. It is a 28 day step to better emotional and physical health. The large step by step pictures are great and easy to follow. I particularly like the three day routines at the end of the book to continue your yoga even after the 28 days.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2000
i haven't yet had a chance to do the whole 28 days yet but what i have done is great to start out. it starts with very simple exercises and everyday adds more to it whether it was the previous days new exercise made more complex or a whole new exercise all together. it allows youto work at your own pace by allowing you to do the previous days movement if that days routine is too difficultWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 1999
This book was given to me by a friend and now I'm buying it to give to my friends, because they noticed that it made such a difference. It helped me lose weight and feel confident about myself, and it just took half-hour out of my day. This is something that you can use for your whole life, it is a wonderful introduction to yoga.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2010
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