30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers

30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers


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30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers by Judith Hanson Lasater

In 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Judith Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive guide for beginning students and their teachers. The author discusses yoga’s ancient eightfold path and its relevance in today’s world, and goes to the heart of yoga—the all-important student-teacher relationship. Thirty essential yoga poses (asana), their variations, and breathing practices (pranayama) are also provided, with guidance for the student practicing at home, and points for the classroom teacher. Sequences are presented with photographic charts for easy visual reference, and a "Mantra for Daily Practice" and glossary of anatomical terms and resources for further study are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930485044
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/28/1990
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 344,689
Product dimensions: 8.47(w) x 1.09(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.

Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga.

Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Part 1Beginning with an Ancient Tradition1
About Yoga2
About the Book3
Go for the Joy4
Part 2Being a Student, Being a Teacher5
The Student Chooses the Teacher6
Boundaries: Creating a Restorative Environment6
Essential Guidelines for Students Attending a Yoga Class8
Transitioning From Student to Teacher9
Essential Guidelines for Teachers9
From Colleague to Colleague11
Part 3The Poses13
1Mountain Pose15
2Tree Pose19
3Extended Triangle Pose25
4Half-Moon Pose31
5Warrior I Pose37
6Warrior II Pose43
7Extended Side-Angle Stretch Pose49
8Side-Chest Stretch Pose55
9Wide-Leg Standing Forward Bend Pose61
10Downward-Facing Dog Pose67
11Standing Forward Bend Pose73
12Up-Plank Pose and Down-Plank Pose79
13Headstand Preparation Pose85
14Lunge Pose91
15Cobra Pose97
16Bow Pose103
17Bridge Pose109
18Upward-Facing Bow Pose115
19Elevated Legs-up-the-Wall Pose121
20Supported Shoulderstand Pose127
21Simple Seated-Twist Pose133
22Hero--Heroine Pose139
23Head-of-the-Knee Pose145
24Seated-Angle Pose151
25Bound-Angle Pose157
26Reclining Leg-Stretch Pose163
27Lying Twist Pose169
28Child's Pose175
29Basic Meditation Pose179
30Basic Relaxation Pose and Essential Breathing Practices185
Part 4The Practice195
The Sacred Circle196
Sequencing and Why It Matters196
Props and Why They Matter197
Practical Tips for Practice197
Four Practice Choices198
Part 5And More237
About the Model242
About the Author243
From the Publisher244

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30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book with great illustarions for beginners. Each pose has been described in details with comments for students and teachers. There is chapter at the end with recommended daily schedule with pose pictures and reference to the chapter of the book. I am a beginner, go a class twice per week, and have checked several books from the Library on Yoga. If I could buy only one book on Yoga, this book would be my choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! with instructions and photos demonstrating each pose.