Yoga over 50: The Way to Vitality, Health and Energy in Later Life

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TEN MINUTES A DAY CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
As our bodies begin to show the signs of daily wear and tear, and workout programs which once seemed effective no longer meet our changing needs, yoga can be the ideal exercise. Low impact and non-competitive, invigorating rather than exhausting, and with an emphasis on keeping the body supple and the mind relaxed and focused, the ancient discipline of yoga can be practiced at any time of life. The programs in Yoga Over 50 feature:

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Overview

TEN MINUTES A DAY CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
As our bodies begin to show the signs of daily wear and tear, and workout programs which once seemed effective no longer meet our changing needs, yoga can be the ideal exercise. Low impact and non-competitive, invigorating rather than exhausting, and with an emphasis on keeping the body supple and the mind relaxed and focused, the ancient discipline of yoga can be practiced at any time of life. The programs in Yoga Over 50 feature:

• Step-by-step descriptions of yoga positions for active and resting poses

• Programs suited to varying degrees of fitness, experience, and flexibility

• Exercises to relieve specific problems, including headache, stiffness, and insomnia
Whether you're looking for an alternative to more strenuous exercise, or a gentle yet efficient way to stay fit, Yoga Over 50 will enable you to reach new levels of physical vitality and mental clarity.

Low impact and noncompetitive, yoga offers renewed energy and health--and relief from a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. This book provides simple yoga exercises that bring the benefits of this ancient discipline to any person who has to take the body's changing needs into account.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671885106
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 596,166
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Stewart has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years to private clients, classes and teachers of yoga all over the world. She has developed methods based on breathing following the work of Vanda Scaravelli and believes that you can benefit from yoga well into old age. She began to learn yoga from a book and feels this is a good way of being introduced to yoga. This is her fifth book: her previous publications include Yoga for Children.

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Chapter 1

MOUNTAIN and TREE

TADASANA & VRKSASANA

The idea of a vertical line connecting earth and heaven comes from Vedic times. Later this was symbolized as a mountain, with its roots in the earth and its peak in the heavens. The Mountain is aligned along the pull of gravity and should be both stable and relaxed. Tree pose grows along this same axis with its root going down as the branches stretch upward.

Copyright © 1994 by Websters International Publishers

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION Part One

What Yoga Is About

History of Yoga

Healthy Body

ACTION Part Two

Standing Poses

Mountain and Tree

Standing Forward Bend

Wide Angle Pose

Triangle Forward Bend

Triangle

Half-Lotus Standing

Standing Twist

Warrior

Half-Moon

Crane

Angle Pose Twist

Chair Poses

Upside Down Poses

Shoulder Stand

More Shoulder Stands

Plow

Headstand

More Headstands

Lying flat

Leg stretches

Floor Twist

Floor poses

Sleeping Pose

Sitting

Diamond

Hero

Child

Dog

Cobbler's Pose

Cow

Monkey

Lotus

More Lotus Poses

Forward Bends

Sitting Stretch

Half-Bound Angle

Half-Hero

Forward Angle Pose

Heron

Tortoise

Backbends

Locust

Bow

Bridge

Wheel

Cobra

Twists

Sage

Sage Twist

Half-Sage Twist

Wide Angle Twist

Salute to the Sun

RELAXATION Part Three

How to Relax

Breathing

How to Breathe

Breathing Exercises

Meditation

PROGRAMS Part Four

Beginners' Programs

Standard Programs

Advanced Programs

Problem Routines

Index

Acknowledgements

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Way too advanced! Not for beginners of any age.

    This book is daunting and misleading for beginners, whether 50 or 15 years old. It includes impressive photos of extremely flexible middle-aged people, but they are clearly experienced and demonstrate advanced poses that might take years, possibly decades, to achieve. There is almost no discussion or illustration of what a stiff-jointed beginner could realistically expect. The introduction does refer briefly to the importance of gradual progression, but that concept nearly fades into the background, leaving the impression that these advanced postures might be the goal within a short time. Despite its title and description, this book is not usable as a beginner's guide. This is for experts who, ironically, wouldn't even need the amazing pictures.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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