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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 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 1||Beginning with an Ancient Tradition||1|
|About the Book||3|
|Go for the Joy||4|
|Part 2||Being a Student, Being a Teacher||5|
|The Student Chooses the Teacher||6|
|Boundaries: Creating a Restorative Environment||6|
|Essential Guidelines for Students Attending a Yoga Class||8|
|Transitioning From Student to Teacher||9|
|Essential Guidelines for Teachers||9|
|From Colleague to Colleague||11|
|Part 3||The Poses||13|
|3||Extended Triangle Pose||25|
|5||Warrior I Pose||37|
|6||Warrior II Pose||43|
|7||Extended Side-Angle Stretch Pose||49|
|8||Side-Chest Stretch Pose||55|
|9||Wide-Leg Standing Forward Bend Pose||61|
|10||Downward-Facing Dog Pose||67|
|11||Standing Forward Bend Pose||73|
|12||Up-Plank Pose and Down-Plank Pose||79|
|13||Headstand Preparation Pose||85|
|18||Upward-Facing Bow Pose||115|
|19||Elevated Legs-up-the-Wall Pose||121|
|20||Supported Shoulderstand Pose||127|
|21||Simple Seated-Twist Pose||133|
|26||Reclining Leg-Stretch Pose||163|
|27||Lying Twist Pose||169|
|29||Basic Meditation Pose||179|
|30||Basic Relaxation Pose and Essential Breathing Practices||185|
|Part 4||The Practice||195|
|The Sacred Circle||196|
|Sequencing and Why It Matters||196|
|Props and Why They Matter||197|
|Practical Tips for Practice||197|
|Four Practice Choices||198|
|Part 5||And More||237|
|About the Model||242|
|About the Author||243|
|From the Publisher||244|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Great book! with instructions and photos demonstrating each pose.