All you want is a guide to doing asanas H. David Coulter's Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is possibly the most comprehensive yoga anatomy book that exists. It reads, at times, like an anatomy or physiology text book, moving through an impressive detailed analysis of movement and posture, breathing and abdominopelvic exercises before taking that same approach to analyze standing poses, backbending poses, forward bending postures, twisting postures, headstand, shoulderstand and finishing with relaxation and meditation. It's a thick book (almost 600 pages) and extremely dense with information, which is guaranteed to satisfy the most dedicated anatomy nerd. Although it definitely wouldn't be considered an easy read, it is, for the most part, surprisingly accessible for the average person.
All of the yoga books below have that potential. Each one grabs you in a different way and teaches you something new about yourself, about yoga and about life. We hope that this guide will help you choose the book that is ideal for you at this moment, or will help you choose the perfect book for a friend, colleague or family member who also loves yoga.
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Anodea Judith has a knack for writing about chakras and psychology in plain language that anyone can understand. Eastern Body, Western Mind is no exception – it’s wonderfully written and provides countless thoughtful moments and epiphanies. It is not just a book to read, it is a ‘workbook’ for healing the soul’s wounds that have accumulated over a lifetime and an attempt to teach you how to live in a healthier, more balanced and self-loving way.
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Don’t buy this yoga book if: Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Through Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
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You aren’t interested in learning about how your body works You like suggestions for yoga sessions, split into short and long options
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You don’t want a book that blends eastern philosophy and western medicine A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life with Jack Kornfield
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You love learning about anatomy You want beautiful, glossy, color photos Click here to purchase Perfectly Imperfect from Amazon Get access to bonus, subscriber-only videos You like to learn how to apply yoga to your daily life
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You would prefer color photos You would prefer an anatomy book that doesn't read like a text book Anodea Judith has a knack for writing about chakras and psychology in plain language that anyone can understand. Eastern Body, Western Mind is no exception – it’s wonderfully written and provides countless thoughtful moments and epiphanies. It is not just a book to read, it is a ‘workbook’ for healing the soul’s wounds that have accumulated over a lifetime and an attempt to teach you how to live in a healthier, more balanced and self-loving way.
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You would like to learn how to help heal certain organs using yoga You would benefit from a book that summarizes yoga and yoga poses You like to learn about yourself
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Beautifully laid out, this synthesis of wisdom traditions is filled with a generous amount of information, photos and insights. Sarah's description of meridian theory and how it so beautifully connects with yoga practice is unique and refreshing. The book's main focus is on yin yoga, and Sarah offers a number of yoga sequences that are designed to pressurize certain meridians and help heal specific organs, while dividing each yoga practice into a long and short version so you can more easily adapt them to your schedule. She completes this wonderfully written book with seated pranayama practices, basic Buddha dharma and suggested mindfulness meditations.
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Do Yoga With Me You want to understand how to live your yoga Featuring over 170 yoga postures, this book is an illustrated, step-by-step guide to achieving each posture, including how to move into the pose, the gaze, build-up poses, counter poses, how to lighten the pose and its effects on the body and mind. The Yoga Bible also has a general introduction to yoga, including what yoga is, some yoga philosophy, common styles and suggestions around getting the best out of your practice. You could say that this is the best comprehensive yoga pocket book that exists – although, you need a very big pocket to fit it in!
You value a book that is written by someone who is considered a master David Procyshyn's blog You are a yoga teacher looking to teach more than just the poses
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners by H. David Coulter
Click here to purchase Perfectly Imperfect from Amazon AndyG 1 year ago
You enjoy learning about anatomy I am so grateful for this website which allow me to practise yoga at home. I attend classes as well but find these online classes offer a variety of styles and allow me to do more yoga more often. I regularly do the yoga nidra and meditation sessions. Thank you to all who provide this service.
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