Yoga Anatomy

Yoga Anatomy

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See inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

From breathing to standing poses, see how each muscle is used, how slight alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.

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  1. Stephanie says:
    297 of 302 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    See “Inside” Your Yoga Poses, May 25, 2008
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    This review is from: Yoga Anatomy (Paperback)

    Yoga Anatomy is a book that gives the reader a look inside the human body as it is put in various yoga positions.

    Chapter 1 covers the dynamics of breathing and actually covers some breathing physiology as well. Chapter 2 talks about the spine and gives some pretty detailed spinal information. Chapter 3 is short and covers the asanas.

    The rest of the book, Chapters 4 through 9, make up the “meat” of the book and contains most of the anatomy information most readers probably bought the book for- what muscles are used in what poses. The way the book gives you the information is quite handy- it has a section on standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, on-your-stomach poses, on-your-back poses, and arm supported poses. Sooo, all you have to do is pick a position/pose, and there you’ll find pictures of what muscles are involved (and let me say, they show you some great angles of the poses to make sure the reader can see ALL the muscles that are involved). In addition to learing what muscles are involved, the book also tells you what joint actions are involved, as well as what body parts are working AND which ones are lengthening- neat!

    A great reference book, its simply perfect for the yoga enthusiast that has become acquainted over time with muscles they never knew they had- but will now after reading this book! Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if plantar fasciitis pain keeps you from doing your yoga.

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  2. Theresa Reed "The Tarot Lady" says:
    122 of 124 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Extremely Detailed, August 2, 2007
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    Theresa Reed “The Tarot Lady” (MILWAUKEE, WI USA) –

    This review is from: Yoga Anatomy (Paperback)

    “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff, is a must have book for yoga instructors and practitioners. Although there are a few books on yoga anatomy currently available to choose from, I was pleasantly surprised by Kaminoff’s offering. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely crystal clear (the amazing artist, Sharon Ellis, is a medical illustrator). The drawings show exactly what your muscles and bones are doing in each pose. The coolest part is that we get to see some (not all) of these poses from interesting angles – not just the side view and front view – but also from the bottom and top, which really adds a lot (the author accomplished this by shooting pictures of the models from below, using a large sheet of plexiglass suspended by two ladders!). For example, imagine seeing “Bakasana” (Crane Pose) from underneath! You can see the Serratus Anterior and Iliacus at work – two things that may be difficult to view in traditional yoga anatomy books.

    For each pose featured, Kaminoff provides information on the joint actions, what parts of the body are working, what is lengthening and what obstacles you may encounter. Sanskrit and English terms are provided along with pronunciations of the Sanskrit. The author also gives a very detailed chapter on the Dynamics of Breathing as well as a chapter on the Spine. These additions are invaluable and very clear. So much information is presented, it is almost overwhelming – but unlike other anatomy books, it doesn’t feel dry or boring. This would be a great manual for any yoga teacher training program as well as for anyone who would like to “see” what is happening in each asana.

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  3. Sue says:
    86 of 89 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The book I’ve been waiting for, August 22, 2007
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    Sue (New York, NY United States) –
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    This review is from: Yoga Anatomy (Paperback)

    This book is a godsend for anyone who studies or teaches yoga. It reflects so much care and work and attentiveness to detail. It really is anatomy for yogis. I’ve been studying yoga for close to 40 years and have been exposed to a variety of corrective allignment forms of body work. So when I’m having trouble in a posture I often refer to standard anatomy books but they can be overwhelming and aren’t geared towards helping me understand what is going on in a given posture. Despite taking several anatomy classes including a wondrous anatomy dissection class, I still don’t have enough knowledge to translate what I read or see in an antomy text into what I’m doing and not doing in a given yoga posture. There are books that aim to be more inclusive, like Mel Robin’s book on the physiology of yoga–but I just get overwhelmed by that much information. This book helps me see the main muscles working in a given posture and the main reasons I might be having difficulty with that posture. Of course I would like even more–how can I strengthen or lengthen the muscles that I’m needing to employ in a given posture. But that is asking for too much and I think really requires work with a well trained teacher. This book is just the right size, user friendly and chocked full of information. The illustrations are remarkable, showing postures from different angles and reflecting the author’s extensive study of both anatomy and yoga. I highly recommend it.

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