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See inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

From breathing to standing poses, see how each muscle is used, how slight alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are ...

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Overview

See inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

From breathing to standing poses, see how each muscle is used, how slight alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.
Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource—one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.

Author Leslie Kaminoff is a recognized expert and teacher in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork. He is the founder of The Breathing Project, New York City's premiere yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga practice and therapy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736062787
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Kaminoff has more than 20 years of experience and is an internationally recognized specialist in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He is cofounder and head instructor of the Breathing Project, a New York City-based yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga practice and therapy. He currently practices yoga therapy and teaches anatomy in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and advises various yoga schools on the anatomy content of their national certification program. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools, and training programs in the United States, and he has helped organize international yoga conferences and symposia. Kaminoff is the founder of the highly respected international yoga list e-Sutra, and he has been a featured yoga expert in Yoga Journal and the New York Times, as well as online at WebMD, FOXNews Online, and Health.com. Kaminoff resides in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Uma, and their three sons.

About the Illustrator

Sharon Ellis has worked as a medical illustrator in New York for more than 25 years. Her award-winning illustrations have been exhibited at the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Illustrators, the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Rx Club, and the Spring Street Gallery in Soho. Ellis is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and has received the organization's Best Illustrated Surgical Book award. She was also awarded a grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and her work has appeared in many medical books and magazines. Ellis holds a master's degree in medical art from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a master of fine art from the State University of New York. She resides in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Dynamics of Breathing
Chapter 2. Yoga and the Spine
Chapter 3. Understanding the Asanas
Chapter 4. Standing Poses
Chapter 5. Sitting Poses
Chapter 6. Kneeling Poses
Chapter 7. Supine Poses
Chapter 8. Prone Poses
Chapter 9. Arm Support Poses

Asana Indexes in Sanskrit and English
About the Author
About the Consultant
About the Illustrator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

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    See Inside Your Yoga Poses,

    Yoga Anatomy is a book that gives the reader a look inside the human body as it is put in various yoga positions. <BR/><BR/>Chapter 1 covers the dynamics of breathing and actually covers some breathing physiology as well. Chapter 2 talks about the spine and gives some pretty detailed spinal information. Chapter 3 is short and covers the asanas. <BR/><BR/>The rest of the book, Chapters 4 through 9, make up the "meat" of the book and contains most of the anatomy information most readers probably bought the book for- what muscles are used in what poses. The way the book gives you the information is quite handy- it has a section on standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, on-your-stomach poses, on-your-back poses, and arm supported poses. Sooo, all you have to do is pick a position/pose, and there you'll find pictures of what muscles are involved (and let me say, they show you some great angles of the poses to make sure the reader can see ALL the muscles that are involved). In addition to learing what muscles are involved, the book also tells you what joint actions are involved, as well as what body parts are working AND which ones are lengthening- neat! <BR/><BR/>A great reference book, its simply perfect for the yoga enthusiast that has become acquainted over time with muscles they never knew they had- but will now after reading this book! Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if plantar fasciitis pain keeps you from doing your yoga.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    For Anyone Interested in Yoga, Breath, Posture, or Movement

    The first chapter, ¿Dynamics of Breathing,¿ alone is worth to me many times the price of the book. In fact, I did pay many times the price of the book for this information in private sessions and courses with the author. This information was essential to me in developing a habit of highly pleasurable, joyful breathing. The chapter explains--in fundamental physical terms and clear, essentialized anatomical illustrations--what breathing is. One lesson that many students of breathing may find particularly illuminating is how the diaphragm drives chest breathing as well as belly breathing. This chapter is sure to be invaluable not only for yoga teachers and practitioners, but also for performers and mind-body-wellness practitioners who recognize the fundamentality of breathing. The second chapter, ¿Yoga and the Spine,¿ also transcends yoga in its value, and should be of interest to those concerned with posture, movement, and breath. The main body of the book consists of anatomical drawings and organized descriptions of more than 50 yoga poses, plus variations. The drawings are made from photographs, from various perspectives, of individuals in the poses. But the drawings also go under the skin to show muscles and other structures that are of particular interest when one is in a given pose. (The author notes, however, that: ¿Unlike weight training and stretching, which focus on specific muscles, yoga focuses on asanas that are whole-body practices [semicolon] no elements are entirely passive.¿) The descriptions accompanying the drawings identify principles to guide the beneficial and safe practice of each pose. I expect to refer to this book for as long as I practice yoga, which I hope is a very long time.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    See 'Inside' Your Yoga Poses

    Yoga Anatomy is a book that gives the reader a look inside the human body as it is put in various yoga positions..... Chapter 1 covers the dynamics of breathing and actually covers some breathing physiology as well. Chapter 2 talks about the spine and gives some pretty detailed spinal information. Chapter 3 is short and covers the asanas..... The rest of the book, Chapters 4 through 9, make up the 'meat' of the book and contains most of the anatomy information most readers probably bought the book for- what muscles are used in what poses. The way the book gives you the information is quite handy- it has a section on standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, on-your-stomach poses, on-your-back poses, and arm supported poses. Sooo, all you have to do is pick a position/pose, and there you'll find pictures of what muscles are involved (and let me say, they show you some great angles of the poses to make sure the reader can see ALL the muscles that are involved). In addition to learing what muscles are involved, the book also tells you what joint actions are involved, as well as what body parts are working AND which ones are lengthening- neat!..... A great reference book, its simply perfect for the yoga enthusiast that has become acquainted over time with muscles they never knew they had- but will now after reading this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    This is a frequently used reference

    Yoga Anatomy shows inside the body and explains the breath needed in many popular poses as well as some that are quite difficult. The description of the breathing in each pose is useful for anyone working these asanas in practice. Obstacles and notes explain some of the challenges and key safety features of which to be mindful in different positions. Informative.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Interesting

    The pictures are great. Makes understanding and explaining what muscles you use doing different things. Very interesting to those just getting started in yoga.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Incredible Resource

    â¿¿Yoga Anatomyâ¿ by Leslie Kaminoff is a precious gift to the postural Yoga community. Leslieâ¿¿s wealth of knowledge of anatomy, breathing and bodywork shines on every page. This book is easy to understand and beautifully illustrated and comes complete with Sanskrit and English terms and a chapter on breathing. â¿¿Yoga Anatomyâ¿ is an invaluable book and one I would highly recommend for teacher training programs. Brenda Feuerstein co-author of â¿¿Green Yogaâ¿ and â¿¿Green Dharmaâ¿

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Wonderful Book

    I originally checked this out from a local library and had to have my own copy. Lucky me, I got a Nook and this book was the first one I bought for my device. Beautiful illustrations laid out for understanding. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who do Yoga.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Love it!!

    Best yoga anatomy book you will find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    Must have YOGA reference

    I found the book in the store which was an unexpected surprise. It has great illustrations which show many different poses. This is a great reference book for anyone wanting to learn more about how a yoga practice effects your body.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Yoga Anatomy is a book I can always refer to whenever I'm trying

    Yoga Anatomy is a book I can always refer to whenever I'm trying to master a new pose. The detailed pictures show exactly what muscles are being engaged and how to place your weight through your feet. The informative subsections are helpful particularly to a person such as myself who doesn't know a lot about yoga. I was very pleased when reading because the basic poses that are most commonly used (Such as &quot;tree pose&quot; and &quot;Mountain pose&quot; ) can be found in the book. At the front of the book there is a section on basic anatomy which was helpful for me because I don’t really know anything about the body and it helped me to understand what placements and weight distribution was appropriate for each pose. I really liked how there were Sanskrit pronunciations of each pose at the top of the page. I find it interesting how poses have both Sanskrit and English names and how many people use each form when referring to a pose. (In my experience, yoga instructors tend to use the Sanskrit versions of the pose and since I don’t know them that well I kind of just look to see what other people are doing and copy them.) It makes it much easier to have a seamless yoga class and feel confident about the pose that you’re doing when you have basic knowledge, such as the Sanskrit name and the muscles you should be engaging, when practicing yoga. I was slightly disappointed, however, that the book did not include a wide range of poses. I, myself, am a fan of hot yoga and the majority of poses in hot yoga were not included in the book. I would have liked to see how hot yoga poses benefit the body in different ways than regular yoga and which muscles are used in an alternative way. It would’ve been nice to see different techniques that are practiced and what benefit they have in contrast to “normal” techniques. For example, in hot yoga, there is a lot of repetition of a set of poses that you go through in flowing motion where as in some other yoga classes the focus is primarily on holding a pose for strength rather than movement. Overall, I thought this book was well written and very informative- I would definitely recommend this to anyone in search for an instructive yoga book!

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