Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free

Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free

Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free

Do you have a headache? PMS? Cellulite? Shin splints? A broken heart? Or do you just need to chill the *&@# out?

There’s a yoga cure for each of these things. In Yoga Cures, Tara Stiles—owner of Strala Yoga in Manhattan—offers an A-to-Z guide of the poses you can do to target specific problems in your body and get you feeling better right away. Using the fun, fresh approach to yoga she is known for, Stiles takes on more than 50 common ailments ranging from arthritis and fibromyal

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  1. mrsinserra says:
    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Yoga book!, April 4, 2012
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    I started practicing yoga on a regular basis at a studio about 6 years ago, but life took me in a different direction and my husband and I have moved around quite a bit since our first year of marriage. It was not easy or convenient for me to find a studio, especially when we lived in farm country in Wisconsin (not knocking- most beautiful place we have lived yet), so I started watching yoga videos. I stumbled upon Tara’s iTunes podcasts and haven’t looked back. I started using Tara Stiles’ podcasts to help with a herniated disk I have, and then as my core strengthened, I began to do yoga more to lose weight and for flexibility. I lost almost 25 lbs doing her podcasts, and have started my day with a minimum of 20 minutes of yoga everyday for the last 4 years. So, when I was given the opportunity to review her new book, Yoga Cures, I was ecstatic, to say the least.

    Yoga Cures has two parts. The first part has three chapters. It begins with a chapter on yoga, it’s history, ect…, some of the basic poses, and important qualities and steps of yoga, complete with charts and awesome pictures. It then goes on to talk about the science behind yoga cures, and the ends with a chapter on breathing methods, and asks the reader to look at their lifestyle; decide what is healthy and what is not. Tara asks the reader to pick one thing- it can be a simple thing, and work on that first.

    The rest of the book is dedicated to specific problems and yoga positions/routines which should, if done correctly, help alleviate that specific problem.

    Here are the areas she covers, it is a long list and there is something in there for everyone:

    Aches and pains
    Acne
    ADD/ADHD
    Allergies
    Anxiety
    Arthritis
    Bingeing
    Blurred vision
    Broken Heart
    Bulging belly
    Chilling out
    Cold repair
    Couch-stination
    Cellulite
    Depression
    Diabetes
    Droopy shoulders
    Exhaustion
    Fear
    Fibromyalgia
    Foot cramps
    Flu
    Hangover
    High blood pressure
    Hot Flashes
    Jiggly thighs
    Killer car rides
    Lack of self-esteem
    Laziness
    Migraine
    Monkey mind
    Office body
    Office mind
    Obesity/overweight
    Party pooper
    PMS and cramps
    Pregnancy discomfort
    Runners Aches
    Saggy booty
    Saggy pecs
    Scattered mind
    Shin splints
    Sugar cravings
    Tension
    Thyroid imbalance
    Traveler’s anxiety
    Tummy trouble
    Under eye bags and dark circles
    Vertigo
    Wrinkles
    Getting sleep

    As I said before, there is something in there for everyone, for myself, there are a few things. I have been working my way through the areas I would like to work on, and so far, so good. I am super excited to be able to use the one for a long car ride, since my husband and I will be traveling a bunch in the next month or so and at least once a year take a drive from wherever we live, currently NOLA, back to Buffalo, NY, where we are from, to visit family. I get so stiff in the car and I actually hurt, I will do these simple poses when we stop for gas or food. I think it will help a ton!

    Yoga Cures is very descriptive and has great pictures and verbal descriptions of the poses. This book is definitely visually appealing. There is also a “glossary” of the different yoga poses in the back of the book. This book makes yoga appealing to everyone. It shows that yoga is not just about meditation (though that is important and can be beneficial), and that yoga does not have to be a spiritual practice. Tara’s book shows that there are proven health benefits for people who practice yoga on a regular basis. It explains that yoga can have a healthy effect on the human body and mind, all without cramming the “religion” aspect down your throat. Yoga Cures is not focused on the spirituality aspect, which can make people who are Christian feel that they cannot or should not practice yoga. This book presents yoga as a beneficial part of a healthy lifestyle, not as a religion, which, I feel, is very important.

    I would recommend this book to everyone, from young adults through adults, male and female. Like I said before, there is something in this book for everyone and I can honestly say that the daily practice of yoga has changed my life. I am stronger and more flexible than I was in my 20′s. Yoga has helped me avoid back surgery and now, with the help of this book, I can really focus on particular areas or specific problems in my life. I owe so much to Tara Stiles, who I have never met, for making my physical and mental health better. I will continue using this book for a very long time. It will have a permanent place on my nook and my computer for easy access.

    I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

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  2. Elizabeth Marie says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This review is from: Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free (Paperback)

    Beautifully written. It feels as though she is sitting there with you explaining how to help yourself. As a yoga teacher I found it inspirational

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing book!!, May 2, 2012
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    govegan74 (clarence, N.Y.) –

    This review is from: Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free (Paperback)

    I first found Tara Stiles on Youtube. Her down-to-earth personality won me over right away so I bought all of her dvds (love them!) and her previous book. This second book is a great companion to her first. I love that you can tailor a practice based on your current health needs. There are breathing techniques, meditations and poses for everything from acne to depression. I recently came down with a terrible chest cold and her routine for a cold alternated with poses recommended for the flu helped me out when a long practice was not possible. I prefer using a dvd but love the books to assist me in learning difficult poses and getting a deeper understanding of how yoga works.
    I highly recommend anything Tara does. She has made yoga accessible to all and I look forward to all of her future projects.

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