Yoga teachers and practitioners all over the world are coming to realise just how important an understanding of the human body is to the practice of yoga. Now is the time to become better educated and more confident about the effect of postures and alignment on each individual body – and to do that, we need to have a deeper knowledge of the human body and how it works.
If you’re a yoga teacher, training to be a yoga teacher or a yoga student simply looking for a more comprehensive understanding of the human body – its structure, fascia, muscles and organs – and how this relates to a yoga practice, then these five illustrated guides are here to inform and elucidate.
Functional Anatomy of Yoga
David Keil is both an authority on the subject of anatomy and a skilled yoga teacher and practitioner. He has been presenting the subject of anatomy in a way that is interesting, meaningful, and applicable to teachers and students alike since 2000.
Written with a conversational tone, his book delivers the complex subject of human anatomy in a way that is both provocative and clear. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour images and photographs to clearly explain the concepts and asanas, Functional Anatomy of Yoga will assist you in reaching new heights in your yoga practice using the ‘laboratory’ of the body and the tools of yoga asana.
Functional Anatomy of Yoga is a rare gem. This book enables both the casual reader and the seasoned practitioner to understand and implement the anatomical structure and function of the body in yoga.
Your Body, Your Yoga
Every body can do yoga, but not every body can do every yoga posture.
Your Body, Your Yoga looks at the body’s unique anatomical structures and what this means to everyone’s individual range of motion and also examines the physiological sources of restrictions to movement. The reader will discover where his or her limits lie, which dictates which alignment cues will work best, and which ones should be abandoned.
Two volumes are provided in this book: In Volume 1, Bernie Clark raises a new mantra to be used in every yoga posture: What Stops Me? His answers explore the nature of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, bones and our extracellular matrix and their contribution to mobility.
Volume 2 will take these principles and apply them to the lower body, examining the hip joint, the knee, ankle and foot, and will present how your unique variations in these joints will show up in your yoga practice.
“You can’t fully understand the dynamic movement of asana without first understanding the basic structure of the human body.” – Judith Hanson Lasater
Drawing on almost 40 years’ experience as a yoga teacher and physical therapist, renowned yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater focuses here on macro anatomy and kinesiology in relationship to asana practice and teaching.
Packed with colour anatomical drawings, black-and-white diagrammatic asana illustrations, and helpful charts, this valuable guide is organised into five parts – the locomotor system, the vertebral column, the lower extremity, the trunk, and the upper extremity – covering the body’s bones, joints, connective tissue, nerves, and muscles.
Science of Yoga
Explore the physiology of 30 key yoga poses, in-depth and from every angle, and master each asana with confidence and control.
Science of Yoga reveals the facts, with annotated artworks that show the mechanics, the angles, how your blood flow and respiration are affected, the key muscle and joint actions working below the surface of each pose, safe alignment and much more.
With insight into variations on the poses and and a Q&A section that explores the science behind every aspect of yoga, look no further than Science of Yoga to achieve technical excellence in your practice and optimise the benefits of yoga to your body and mind.
The Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy has been produced as an aide-memoire for the student and early practitioner of anatomy, physical therapy, chiropractic, medicine, physiotherapy, or any other health-related field.
Containing full-colour illustrations, the book is a compact reference guide, detailing anatomical terms, tissues, bones, axial and appendicular skeletons, joints, and the musculoskeletal system.
A final chapter by Thomas Myers outlines The Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians which presents a map of how tracks of fascial fabric wind longitudinally through series of muscles. This new approach to structural patterning has far-reaching implications for effective movement training and manual therapy treatment.
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