Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners

by Mark Ansari, Liz Lark

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062736482
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/1999
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 294,286
Product dimensions: 10.88(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Liz Lark is an experienced yoga teacher who has studied in India and Thailand. She conducts workshops internationally and lives in London, England.

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Foreword

Yoga teaches us to relax physically, focus our minds, and keep our problems in perspective. It also helps to counteract the stresses and strains of the modern world, making it the perfect antidote to the rapidly changing pace of our busy lives.

Yoga helps you achieve harmony between your body and mind. The practice of poses (known as asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) cleanses your body, restores your energy, and makes you stronger and more flexible; it will also enable you to achieve emotional balance, leaving you better equipped to deal with the demands of your lifestyle.

Yoga for Beginners is a practical guide intended to introduce you safely and accessibly to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and other practices of yoga. You don't need any previous experience of yoga: the easy to-follow instructions make this guide suitable for the complete novice or anyone wishing to supplement their yoga practice at home. The book includes two series of exercises. Once you are thoroughly familiar with the postures and techniques of the beginner's program you can move onto the slightly more advanced intermediate program.

We have found that yoga has enhanced our lives remarkably, not only by changing our bodies, but also by opening the doors to an exciting journey of self-discovery. We hope that our book will enable you, too, to feel the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely for yourself as you relieve built-up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of your day-to-day life. Enjoy!

Yoga for Beginners. Copyright © by Mark Ansari. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

Preparing for Practice
6(10)
Introduction
8(2)
Relaxation
10(2)
The Complete Yoga Breath
12(2)
Limbering Up
14(2)
Awakening the Spine
Beginner's Program
16(32)
How to Use This Program
18(2)
Mountain Pose to Standing Forward Bend
20(2)
Extended Triangle Pose (I)
22(2)
Extended Side Angle Pose (I)
24(2)
Extended Foot Pose (I)
26(2)
Tree Pose (I)
28(2)
Staff Pose
30(2)
Seated Forward Bend
32(2)
One Leg Seated Forward Bend
34(2)
Kneeling Back Bend Cycle
36(2)
Seated Spinal Twist (I)
38(2)
Cobra Pose
40(2)
Downward Dog Pose
42(2)
Pelvic Lift
44(2)
Half Shoulderstand
46(2)
Fish Pose (I)
Intermediate Program
48(38)
How to Use This Program
50(2)
Sun Salutation
52(2)
Extended Triangle Pose (II)
54(2)
Extended Side Angle Pose (II)
56(2)
Extended Foot Pose (II)
58(2)
Tree Pose (II)
60(2)
Hurdler's Pose
62(2)
Half Lotus Seated Forward Bend
64(2)
Seated Spinal Twist (II)
66(2)
Butterfly Pose
68(2)
Wide Leg Seated Forward Bend
70(2)
Upward Dog Pose
72(2)
Locust Pose
74(2)
Bow Pose
76(4)
Headstand
78
Shoulderstand to Plough Pose
80(2)
Fish Pose (II)
82(1)
Yoga Breathing Exercises
83(1)
Pumping Breath
84(1)
Victorious Breath
85(1)
Alternate Nostril Breathing
The Yoga Way of Life
86
Introduction to This Section
88
The Subtle Body
90
Concentration
92
Meditation
94
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
96
Index

Foreword

Yoga teaches us to relax physically, focus our minds, and keep our problems in perspective. It also helps to counteract the stresses and strains of the modern world, making it the perfect antidote to the rapidly changing pace of our busy lives.

Yoga helps you achieve harmony between your body and mind. The practice of poses (known as asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) cleanses your body, restores your energy, and makes you stronger and more flexible; it will also enable you to achieve emotional balance, leaving you better equipped to deal with the demands of your lifestyle.

Yoga for Beginners is a practical guide intended to introduce you safely and accessibly to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and other practices of yoga. You don't need any previous experience of yoga: the easy to-follow instructions make this guide suitable for the complete novice or anyone wishing to supplement their yoga practice at home. The book includes two series of exercises. Once you are thoroughly familiar with the postures and techniques of the beginner's program you can move onto the slightly more advanced intermediate program.

We have found that yoga has enhanced our lives remarkably, not only by changing our bodies, but also by opening the doors to an exciting journey of self-discovery. We hope that our book will enable you, too, to feel the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely for yourself as you relieve built-up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of your day-to-day life. Enjoy!

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a full-time administrative assistant and full-time student; the time I have to devote to both exercise and relaxation are incredible marginal. I like the fact that I can de-stress my day and get my exercise in at the same time with Yoga. The easy-to-use book folds out so you can still view your movements while performing them, and the alternate ways you can stretch if you're not able to perform the movement like it demonstrates. Very easy to use and gives you the background info of Yoga, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a no nonsense introduction to yoga that is easy to follow. It includes general, but significant concepts, basic postures in two well organized and ilustrated programs: beginners and intermediate levels. Presents modifications to postures for those less able. If followed as indicated, it will bring great benefits in a short period of time. Step by step instructions with outstanding photographs included.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was already about six months into a class in Hatha Yoga when I decided that Iyegar's Light On Yoga was a little too deep for me. I found this title at B&N and found it to be a useful source of information about the basic poses that I had been learning. For the true beginner, this book would be a good tool for learning those basics. The book is not written 'over anyone's head' and the photographs clearly illustrate the asanas. It is quite close to the Level 1 series as we study it in my own class, so I would recommend it for someone looking at going to a class or beginning a practice of their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been using this book for over 7 yrs, once a week. My balance improved significantly by the end of the first month. It's easy to follow and stretches those muscles after a day in front of the computer screen. It helped alleviate the aches and pains I used to have when I got out of bed in the morning.  If I miss a week, I start feeling those aches again first thing in the morning. It also gives you alternatives to the standard pose if your body isn't limber. I always feel great when I finish the exercises.
JohnRG More than 1 year ago
I've been using this for a long time. It has a beginner's and intermediate section, and the pose instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I think this is a fantastic guide to starting yoga.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good start for people who've never ventured into yoga before. It briefly explains how to breathe properly. It also explains the movements involved in each posture. As this is a beginner's book, it includes only the most popular postures. Most will want to venture out after becoming comfortable with yoga.