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Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-63086-0
408 pages
March 2010
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The long-awaited update of the trusted yoga book

A decade since its initial publication, Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition has been updated and revised to include coverage of the newest concepts and practices that have emerged in the yoga community over the past ten years. Still maintaining its emphasis on safe approaches to the physical practice of yoga, Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition breaks down the concepts and poses, making yoga easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply for everyone.

Yoga has been bringing health and peace of mind to millions of people for five millennia-and it can do the same for you. Turn to Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition to find out how to unlock your body's extraordinary potential, while strengthening your mind as well.

  • Focuses on Hatha Yoga, which works primarily with the body through postures, breathing exercises, and other techniques
  • Specialized yoga instructions for all ages, as well as partner yoga
  • Practicing yoga during pregnancy, as well as yoga relief for women in mid-life
  • Using restorative yoga and yoga therapy to combat chronic aches and pains

Whether you're a beginner or a yoga guru, Yoga For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the tips and techniques you need to experience the health benefits of yoga as part of a complete wellness and exercise program.

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Part I: Off to a Good Start with Yoga.

Chapter 1: Yoga 101: What You Need to Know.

Chapter 2: Ready, Set, Yoga!

Chapter 3: Prep Before Pep: Ensuring a Fruitful Yoga Practice.

Chapter 4: Relaxed Like a Noodle: The Fine Art of Letting Go of Stress.

Chapter 5: Breath and Movement Simplified.

Part II: Postures for Health Maintenance and Restoration.

Chapter 6: Please Be Seated.

Chapter 7: Standing Tall.

Chapter 8: Steady as a Tree: Mastering Balance.

Chapter 9: Absolutely Abs.

Chapter 10: Looking at the World Upside Down.

Chapter 11: Easy ’round the Bends.

Chapter 12: Several Twists on the Yoga Twist.

Chapter 13: Dynamic Posture: The Rejuvenation Sequence and Sun Salutation.

Chapter 14: A Recommended Beginners’ Routine for Men and Women.

Part III: Creative Yoga.

Chapter 15: Designing Your Own Yoga Program.

Chapter 16: It’s Never Too Soon: Pre- and Postnatal Yoga.

Chapter 17: Yoga for Kids and Teens.

Chapter 18: It’s Never Too Late: Yoga for Midlifers and Older Adults.

Chapter 19: Prop Art: The Why and How of Simple Props.

Part IV: Yoga as a Lifestyle.

Chapter 20: Yoga Throughout the Day.

Chapter 21: Meditation and the Higher Reaches of Yoga.

Chapter 22: Yoga Therapy: The (Yoga) Doctor Will See You Now.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for a Great Yoga Practice.

Chapter 24: Ten Good Reasons to Practice Yoga.

Appendix: Additional Yoga Resources.


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Georg Feuerstein, PhD, offers distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy and history through Traditional Yoga Studies.

Larry Payne, PhD, is founding director of the Yoga Therapy Rx curriculum at Loyola Marymount University and was named one of America's most respected Yoga teachers by the Los Angeles Times.

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