Yoga Where You Are: Customize Your Practice for Your Body and Your Life

Yoga Where You Are: Customize Your Practice for Your Body and Your Life

Yoga Where You Are: Customize Your Practice for Your Body and Your Life

Yoga Where You Are: Customize Your Practice for Your Body and Your Life


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Find freedom in your yoga practice with this empowering guide from beloved yoga teacher and social justice activist Dianne Bondy and Yoga International editor-in-chief Kat Heagberg.

Yoga Where You Are welcomes readers of all backgrounds, body sizes, and abilities into the practice of yoga. Dianne Bondy and Kat Heagberg offer everything you need to know to build a custom yoga practice that supports you exactly where you are—now and at every stage of your life's journey.

Yoga Where You Are discusses how yoga intersects with body image, introduces essential information on elements like breathwork and meditation, and celebrates yoga's diverse roots through an introductory chapter on its origins and history. Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned practitioner, or a yoga teacher, the step-by-step instructions for hundreds of customizable pose variations provide an essential resource you can turn to as your practice evolves. Bondy and Heagberg also present tips to find inspiration and creativity on the mat. With truly inclusive language, alignment options for real bodies, and photos of a range of practitioners, the book provides you with everything you need to customize and deepen your practice with clarity and confidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611807868
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/08/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 264,263
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

DIANNE BONDY is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist, and leading voice of the Yoga for All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. She applies over 1,000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression, and radical self-love in their yoga practice. Dianne is a frequent contributor to Yoga InternationalDo You Yoga, Yoga Girl, and Omstars. She has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and People. Dianne is the author of the book Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body.

KAT HEAGBERG is editor-in-chief of Yoga International and has been teaching yoga regularly since 2005. She offers a variety of online classes and workshops on Kat is also a host of the Yoga Talk podcast and co-editor of the book Embodied Resilience through Yoga: 30 Mindful Essays About Finding Empowerment after Addition, Trauma, Grief, and Loss.

Table of Contents

List of Poses vi

Foreword Jes Baker ix

Introduction: Why Yogo Where You Are? xi

Part 1 Essential Information

1 Yoga Then and Now 2

2 Yoga, Accessibility, and Body Image 11

3 Yoga Practice Basics 17

4 Breath and Drishti 22

5 How to Use Props 30

Part 2 The Practice

6 Foundational Poses for Vinyasa, Transitions, and Sun Salutes 40

7 Standing Poses 72

8 Hip Openers 98

9 Kneeling and Seated Poses 120

10 Backbends 136

11 Inversions 157

12 Arm Balances 176

13 Supine Poses 201

14 Savasana and Alternatives 209

15 Meditation and Compassionate Self-Study 212

Part 3 Designing Your Practice

16 Sequencing and Accessibility 220

17 Sample Sequences 236

Recommended Resources 241

Meet the Models 242

Notes 246

Index 247

About the Authors 254

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