Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners

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ISBN-13: 9780970700612
Publisher: Body & Breath, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 622
Sales rank: 227,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword11
Preface13
Introduction15
Basic Premises17
Chapter 1Movement and Posture21
The Neuro-musculoskeletal System22
The Nervous System29
Reflexes36
The Vestibular System, Sight, and Touch47
Connective Tissue Restraints51
Stretching60
Three Postures62
Putting It All Together66
Chapter 2Breathing67
The Design of the Respiratory System68
The Muscles of Respiration74
How Breathing Affects Posture82
The Somatic and Autonomic Systems85
The Physiology of Respiration91
Thoracic Breathing102
Paradoxical Breathing107
Supine Abdominal Breathing108
Abdominal Breathing in Sitting Postures111
Diaphragmatic Breathing120
A Traditional Warning131
Chapter 3Abdominopelvic Exercises139
Crunches and Sit-ups140
The Foundation of the Body141
Supine Leg Lifts160
Yoga Sit-ups169
The Sitting Boat Postures171
The Peacock173
The Pelvis and The Anatomical Perineum177
Ashwini Mudra182
Mula Bandha183
Agni Sara188
Uddiyana Bandha, The Abdominal Lift195
Nauli201
Contraindications204
Benefits205
Chapter 4Standing Postures207
The Skeletal System and Movement210
Anatomy of the Spine215
Symmetry and Asymmetry227
Standing Postures228
Four Simple Stretches230
Backward Bending236
Forward Bending240
Side Bending249
What Makes Postures Difficult?254
The Triangle Postures255
Two Balancing Postures267
Benefits271
Chapter 5Backbending Postures273
The Anatomy of Flexion and Extension274
Breathing and Backbending280
The Cobra Postures284
The Locust Postures296
The Prone Boat Postures303
The Bow Postures305
The Knee Joint307
Supine Backbending Postures312
A Kneeling Backbend--The Camel320
Contraindications323
Benefits324
Chapter 6Forward Bending Postures325
Forward Bending: Head, Neck, and Chest326
Lumbar and Lumbosacral Forward Bending327
Sacroiliac Nutation and Counternutation328
Forward Bending at the Hip Joints332
Forward Bending at the Ankles and in the Feet334
Clinical Matters and Cautions337
The Posterior Stretch340
The Down-Facing Dog349
The Child's Pose352
Breathing and Forward Bending353
Sacroiliac Flexibility355
Hip Flexibility361
Benefits381
Chapter 7Twisting Postures383
The Fundamentals of Twisting384
The Skull, the Atlas, and the Axis388
Movements of the Head and Neck392
Thoracic Twisting395
Lumbar Twisting396
The Lower Extremities398
Supine Twists403
Standing Twists410
Inverted Twists424
Sitting Spinal Twists425
Benefits435
Chapter 8The Headstand437
The Cardiovascular System437
The Two Headstands446
The Upper Extremities455
Structural Imbalances471
Breathing Issues474
Developing Strength and Flexibility477
Bending and Twisting in the Headstand488
Extending Your Time493
Benefits497
Chapter 9The Shoulderstand499
Anatomy of The Shoulderstand500
Inverted Action Postures503
The Shoulderstand507
The Plow516
The Lifted Shoulderstand and Plow522
Circulation524
Respiration526
Sequelae528
Benefits539
Chapter 10Relaxation and Meditation541
Muscular Relaxation543
Two Relaxation Postures547
Breathing and Relaxation552
The Autonomic Nervous System554
Deepening Relaxation562
Meditation Postures565
Maintaining the Geometry566
Props572
The Six Postures575
Mula Bandha588
Mastering the Situation589
Knower of the Veil593
Glossary595
Additional Sources607
Acknowledgments609
Index of Anatomical Terms611
Index of Practices619
Biographical Sketch623

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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In depth information that you should know when you are teaching a class. Read it a couple of times. Knowledge makes a good teacher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detailed book recommended for anyone teaching yoga.
gratefulyoga on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The author bring the discipline of a scientist and the devotion of a yogi to this wonderful text. He offers a detailed discussion of the anatomical underpinnings of asana, relaxation and pranayama. It goes far beyond a simply accounting of "this muscles does that". This book helped me understand how yoga is brilliantly suited to systematically increasing our capacities.
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