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5.0 out of 5 starsBest illustrated colour book on yoga anatomy
Reviewed in India on 20 January 2019
Very good book for non medico students, if you are in india and want to crack jrf net in Yoga, purchase it, in this cost no other books in market are so good. I have cracked net exam (in yoga) so I am sure that it will help to understand yoga.
These guys weren't messing around when they meant Science of Yoga. It literally breaks down all yoga postures and body parts to it's deepest scientific roots and terms. This isn't much help to someone who's learning yoga compared to someone who wants to under stand the science (biology) behind it. Great book nevertheless.
I think this is probably an excellent book, but I really don't want to study yoga, I just want a simple book on asanas for disabled people. I bought the Accesisible Yoga book and was not impressed. This book is telling too much for me, maybe I bought the wrong book, I just want to get on with it and my life. These two books combined have put me off Yoga, apart from what I already knew, which maybe is enough for me. If there is a Yoga club near me I will avoid it, too many bad impressions about yoga being a bit precious.
La punta di diamante di questo libro risiede nelle illustrazioni. Non è un testo "contenutistico", riportante dettagli approfonditi sulle posizioni yoga... ma un libro illustrativo contenente delle splendide immagini relative a posizioni più e meno complesse.
4.0 out of 5 starsReally useful resource, especially for teachers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2020
I find DK books generally very informative anyway, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this - a yoga book with a focus on the science behind the anatomy and poses. The first section looks at the different systems of the body (muscular, skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive and urinary) - whilst these pages are not specific to yoga, they are of course really useful for any practitioner or teacher and there are snippets of info/text boxes that put the info into a yoga context. The main part of the book presents the asanas in sections (seated, standing, inversions, floor). Each posture has the English name, the Sanskrit name, and a large diagram of the asana with the key muscles highlighted on the illustrated body. There's a box for each pose that talks about alignment which is helpful, but i couldn't help but query some of them; each of us are so unique in our skeletal structure that to prescribe the precise placement of a foot, for example, might be counter-productive to someone - or, in Balasana (child's pose) i have offered an alternative in my classes to have the knees separated and toes tucked under and this revolutionised it for one lady who had previously struggled with it significantly. However, there is a need indeed for suggested alignment so this is still helpful. The following page then takes a 'closer look' at the asana. Throughout, there are snippets of info such as muscle cramps, why supine twists can be safer than done when seated/standing, and each posture page includes details about why the pose is beneficial. I was also pleased to see reference to twists and the yoga-spiel that they 'wring the body out to detoxify' which is completely untrue, but maybe helpful to use as a visualisation for 'wringing out negative energy'.
This is a no-nonsense book that has pretty much all you need to know about the human body in relation to teaching or practicing yoga (with the exception that it doesn't really go into detail about contra-indications or health issues etc). There is a large emphasis on the muscular system - while the pages reference some joints/bones, it would have been great to have seen the other systems more integrated into the posture pages rather than just pulled out and covered in one page or two at the start of the book.
4.0 out of 5 starsA potentially useful adjunct to yoga practice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2019
While I don't think that this book will necessarily "perfect your practice" (I don't think that there is enough descriptive detail on actual performance each pose for that), it looks like a useful adjunct. Covering 30 of the most commonly encountered poses, each of these poses is given 4 pages with multiple physiological diagrams indicating via colour coding which muscles are active, which are being stretched, and which are doing both. To some extent this may possibly assist with performance by comparing what you feel against the expectation, but I would think that the most use will be to help in deciding which poses to include in a program based on which muscles you may wish to strengthen or stretch. The main body of the book on the poses is book-ended (as it were) by sections on the human body in general, and a discussion of the alleged benefits of yoga, respectively.