Yoga is more popular now than ever. The benefits are recognized worldwide, and athletes and therapists rely on the practice. Yet its appeal is as varied as those who practice it. Regardless of your activity level and fitness background, yoga is truly for you.
Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle will help you see your daily activities in a new light by giving you a new understanding of movement. Whether playing sports or exercising for fitness, you’ll recognize your movement and identify the poses to make them more efficient. With detailed instructions and photos, you’ll be guided through the exercises, breathing, and visualization techniques to improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Comprehensive and accessible, Yoga Therapy demonstrates the most effective poses for mobility, strength, recovery, and balance as well as techniques to aid relaxation and help with stress management.
No matter your age, experience, or desired goal, Yoga Therapy will empower you to create personalized approaches that are as unique as you are and learn how to adapt your practice to your changing needs and goals throughout life.
|Publisher:||Human Kinetics, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kristen Butera, a professional yoga teacher and yoga therapist, is the co-owner of the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is the editor of the regional magazine Yoga Living. Kristen started studying yoga in the year 2000 and has since accumulated more than 3,500 hours of professional education in a variety of yoga styles and movement modalities. She specializes in training yoga teachers and yoga therapists and is the co-creator of the 250- and 500-hour Teacher Training programs and 820-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training programs at the YogaLife Institute. Kristen is known for creating dynamic and interactive learning environments that empower students of all ages and levels to explore a variety of potential practices and apply yoga lifestyle principles toward living a richer, fuller life.
Staffan Elgelid, PhD, is a physical therapist, Feldenkrais practitioner, and yoga therapist with RYT-500 and C-IAYT certifications. Elgelid has presented internationally on a variety of topics and created programs on core strengthening, including the SmartCore Training DVD. He is an associate professor of physical therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he teaches soft tissue work and health and wellness. Elgelid is a faculty member for the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training program at the YogaLife Institute. He has written several articles on yoga therapy for the International Journal on Yoga Therapy and Yoga Living magazine. He has extensive experience as a presenter and moderator at professional conferences and continuing education workshops. Elgelid is coeditor of Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice, written for clinicians and scholars looking to integrate yoga into the medical and mental health fields.
Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals of Yoga Therapy
Chapter 1: What Is Yoga Therapy?
Chapter 2: Training Movements
Chapter 3: Connecting Brain to Body
Chapter 4: Developing Focus
Part II: Foundations of Practice
Chapter 5: Basic Practices and Props
Chapter 6: Breathing and Relaxation
Chapter 7: Preventing Injury
Part III: Poses for Lifelong Fitness
Chapter 8: Intentions and Connections
Chapter 9: Spinal Movement Poses
Chapter 10: Stability Poses
Chapter 11: Maintaining Fitness and Activity Levels
What People are Saying About This
"If you are looking for a recipe for that specific ache or ailment, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking to enliven and keep fresh your long-term yoga practice, then dive deep into this unique trove of insights. The authors draw from their varied experiences and expertise to share many ways of sustaining a robust yoga program that addresses your whole person. Many of the strategies won't be found in other "yoga" books, but are consistent with with what yoga has to offer in our modern lifestyle. The strategies are also beautifully simple in design, but powerful in effect. An alternative title could well have been "Yoga to Avoid Therapy in Your Active Lifestyle."
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT
Author and researcher
Past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
Director of Smart Safe Yoga
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought Yoga Therapy was verbose and repetitive, but it's intention was in the right place. The book centers around three main concepts: identification, differentiation, and integration. I found that my yoga instructor was already incorporating these ideas into our practice, so not much of the content was new to me. What I did come away with was a reminder to stay curious. A simple message maybe, but powerful all the same. Tiny changes can have a huge impact on our daily lives and how we interact with the world. P.S. I won this book through a goodreads giveaway
The authors write and demonstrate with clear photos ways to pay attention and take your yoga practice or teaching to a deeper level. I love that this book brings us to the details that will help us keep from injuring ourselves or others. As a yoga teacher for 17 years and more current yoga therapist it's a great resource not only for my teaching but for my own practice.
This book will add longevity and variety to your yoga practice. I’m proud to say that I have been a student and colleague of Kristen’s and Staffan’s and these practice have changed my life in a positive way. The benefits of identifying, differentiating and integrating our movement patterns impact every aspect of the human experience. I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing them for myself and teaching them. Regardless of how long you’ve been teaching these practices will maintain or reignite your love of teaching by providing inspiration and creativity that keeps curious minds engaged. If you love yoga and all the benefits of yoga this is a must have in your yoga library.
Having had the privilege of studying yoga therapy under both of the authors, it's quite an incredible opportunity to now own their book. This book is a dynamic resource of yoga therapy education and movement practices, all of which are made accessible and hone in on mobility, strength, recovery and balance. The detailed instructions and photos are easy to follow and offer a variety of options to experience new movement patterns and determine how to adapt them to your personal goals. In the true spirit of Yoga, the authors do a beautiful job of incorporating exercises, breathing, and visualization techniques to bring a sense of calm and relaxation to the experience of moving your body. I also appreciate the section on injury prevention. As a yoga practitioner of 16 years, this book has been a game changer. It's refreshed my knowledge and given me new ways of experiencing my body in yoga poses. As a yoga therapist and teacher, this book is my new bible. I feel much more equipped to customize practices for my clients and have a book full of fresh ways to break down movements in my classes to teach to strength, stability, and flexibility of mind (openness to try new things). Understanding how to teach about and practice spinal movements and variations of traditional poses broadens my toolbox as a yoga practitioner, teacher, and therapist. I highly recommend this book to everyone, because, as to quote the authors: "As you become a student of your body and mind and fine-tune your discernment skills, self-awareness will morph into self-empowerment."