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

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

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

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga–revised and updated with full color illustrations and photos–is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must-have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning. The author holds a PhD in Anatomy and was a sought-after professor, teacher and yoga practitioner for over thirty years. He lived

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Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through the history and lineage of yoga; the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement); a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the t

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  1. dnk "dnkboston" says:
    263 of 267 people found the following review helpful
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    Thorough and meticulous, November 2, 2002
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    This book is required for the yoga teacher training I am enrolled in. I’ve read it from cover to cover and I was blown away by the amount of information Coulter presents. He doesn’t make references to specific schools but presents things very generally. He also doesn’t use too much Sanskrit, so most yoga students shouldn’t be too intimidated by the material.

    The information he presents on Breathing, the importance of the Abdominopelvic muscles (or the “core muscles”, as they’re popularly known today) and his chapter on Forward Bends where he discusses nutation were my favorite portions. Coulter isn’t doctrinaire in most cases, as is appropriate for someone discussing the anatomical aspect of yoga. He presents variations for the popular poses (forward bends, cobra, triangle, etc.) and discusses what the ramifications of the modifications are. While some are called “advanced” and some are called “beginner”, it doesn’t come off as a value judgment.

    Because Coulter was so thorough throughout the entire book and backed up almost every statement with a logical explanation, it was noticeable when he did not. For instance, he, like almost every other author of a yoga text, recommends that women not practice inversions if they are menstruating. Why? I really hoped that someone with his background would be able to supply an explanation other than because that’s the way it’s been done. Also, while he spends quite a bit of time talking about the importance of the right tetrahedron for meditation postures and the various postures that can be used, I felt he glossed over the reasons why meditation has to be done sitting versus lying down. Minor quibbles, but only more obvious because the rest of the book is so meticulous.

    If you are planning on teaching yoga, if you already have a yoga practice or if you’re not quite convinced that yoga can do anything for your body, pick up this book.

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  2. escaravelha "escaravelha" says:
    161 of 165 people found the following review helpful
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    enrich your understanding and practice of yoga, January 23, 2002
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    Coulter’s comprehensive book provides a new bridge between the empirical traditions of yoga science, and Western physiology and anatomy. He uses his deep knowledge of both sides of the divide to provide detailed accounts of what is happening during yoga asanas and pranayama breathing. While I had expected this to be useful in providing answers for questions that I, my colleagues and students have had, trying to fit yoga into a Western scientific context, I have been delighted to find that there is a feedback loop, with the Western analysis making it easier to maintain the detailed instructions I had previously learned from teachers and other books.
    This is an impressively detailed and exhaustive book, including coverage of movement and posture, breathing, many categories of asana, and relaxation and meditation. In each case, the physiological information is linked to practice, and often different levels of the posture are discussed. The writing style is clear and informal. There are anatomical diagrams, charts of breathing patterns, and photographs of the poses, but this is a long way from the current trend towards thumbnail pictures of every stage of a pose.
    In such a thorough and dense volume (over 600 pages in all) the major challenge is easy access to specific information when you need it. There are two indexes, by anatomical term and by specific practices, but I would have welcomed more context within the indexes (for example, to direct me to the most appropriate of 12 mentions of the synovial joint). I think my carping on this topic will diminish my familiarity with the content grows, as I use the book more over the months and years — which I certainly intend to do. Highly recommended.

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  3. Fearless Reviews "D. Patrick Miller, Editor" says:
    89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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    Indispensable for yoga teachers and serious students, April 10, 2002
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    As hatha yoga approaches the “Granola Standard” of public acceptance — it’s not just for aging hippies and health nuts anymore –there’s a growing need for foundational work in the anatomic and physiological effects of the discipline. It may still be a while before our leading medical schools issue texts examining yoga in detail, so former anatomy professor and dedicated yogi H. David Coulter, Ph.D. has done them a favor (and they, along with every HMO, hospital, and preventive-care clinic in the country should order copies now). In this exhaustive guide to the ups, downs, twists and turns of most fundamental asanas (and a few advanced ones), Coulter tells you a lot more than your recently certified yoga teacher may know about exactly what’s going on with your body during the yogic experience. (Yoga teachers, you should order now too!) And the author has the seasoning to issue knowledgeable warnings about the fact that, poorly practiced, yoga can certainly be bad for you: “Cultivate a frolicsome enthusiasm in the morning to counter stiffness, and cautiousness in the evening to avoid hurting yourself. And at any time, if you start feeling uncommonly strong, flexible, and frisky, be careful. That’s when it?s easy to go too far.”

    In these days when most books are more cheaply made than ever, it’s nice to see a volume like this that’s built to last; the glossy text paper gives the book the physical heft and authority to match the value of the content. The pricetag is what you’re used to seeing on the latest computer books, but when you consider that this tome will be timely for years instead of months, it’s a real bargain. — P.MILLER for the FEARLESS REVIEWS

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  4. Bruce J. Weinstein says:
    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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    Top Notch Ashtanga Resource, November 19, 2006

    Astanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle is the most thorough exploration of the various aspects of Ashtanga Yoga available today and a valuable resource for all yoga teachers and practitioners. In this book, Gregor extensively explains the fundamental techniques of breath, bandhas and drishti and makes a comprehensive study of each posture of the Primary Series, complemented by clear and informative anatomical illustrations, photos and descriptions.(Examples and links to excerpts appear below the buy button) He also shows how minor adjustments can make a big difference and how growth in one posture will benefit the execution of other postures. Additional information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures enhances and enlivens the text. The book does not stop there, however.

    Gregor shows how Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are an organic whole by clearly detailing how the 8 limbs are practiced within the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Included in the book are sections about the deep influence of Yogic philosophy on the development of human society and Gregor’s own transmission of and insights into the Yoga Sutras, informed by his extensive consultation with ancient texts.

    This large format paperback book has 300 pages and weighs over 2 pounds. I am sure it will benefit all teachers and students of yoga who read it.

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  5. ashtanga abhyasi says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Gem of a book, March 28, 2010
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    This review is from: Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy (Paperback)

    there are books that you read and other you treasure. This one is definitely in the latter category. Every time I read it, I get 100% of the “1% theory” aspect of my practice. This book has it all – the philosophy, the anatomy and of course, the practice. Thank you for a wonderful gift that will last a lifetime

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  6. L. Galloway "Starshine" says:
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent resource tool for the yogi., December 13, 2007
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    L. Galloway “Starshine” (Hawaii, USA) –
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    This review is from: Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy (Paperback)

    This is not just another ‘how to do yoga yourself’ book, but a thorough study of both the postures and philosophy of Ashtanga yoga. At a time when almost every well-known teacher has their own ‘brand’ of yoga, Mr. Maehle goes back to the source to both explain the foundation of the practice and the philosophy that supports the physical practice.
    Almost all western practictioners come to yoga as a form of excerise and are unaware of the philosophy from which the physical practice developed. This book covers both in accessable language and explanation. Serious student will want to have this as a resource and serious Ashtangis will find it invaluable along with D. Swenson’s Practice Manual. Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice

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