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Yoga with Weights For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-471-74937-0
360 pages
March 2012
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An easy-to-follow guide to a hot new form of yoga

Yoga with Weights is the latest breakthrough in mind-body exercise, integrating the mindfulness of yoga with the physical culture of body-building. Building on the strengths of both disciplines, this friendly guide shows readers how to safely combine yoga postures while simultaneously working out with lightweight hand-held free weights. It features customizable exercises that target specific areas of the body, each illustrated with multiple photos, and provides guidelines for combining healthy eating with workouts.

Sherri Baptiste (Marin County, CA) is the founder of Baptiste Power of Yoga, a nationally recognized method of yoga offered throughout the United States. She teaches yoga classes throughout the United States and hosts retreats around the world.

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Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Introducing Yoga with Weights.

Chapter 2: Gearing Up.

Chapter 3: Preparing for Your First Workout.

Part II: Mastering the Basics.

Chapter 4: A Breath of Fresh Air: Yoga Breathing Techniques.

Chapter 5: Making the Mind and Body Connection.

Chapter 6: Warming Up and Cooling Down.

Chapter 7: From Head to Toe: The Balanced Workout.

Part III: Refining Your Technique.

Chapter 8: Waking Up Your Mind and Body: The Energy Workout.

Chapter 9: Taking It Easy: The Restorative Workout.

Chapter 10: Pumping You Up: The Strengthening Workout.

Chapter 11: Releasing Your Athlete Within: The Endurance Workout.

Chapter 12: Iron Abs: The Belly-Burner Workout.

Part IV: Personalizing Your Program.

Chapter 13: Eating to Enhance Your Yoga-with-Weights Workout.

Chapter 14: Addressing Body Aches and Pains.

Chapter 15: Toning and Focusing on Different Body Areas.

Part V: Addressing Special Situations.

Chapter 16: Improving Your Game.

Chapter 17: Girl Talk.

Chapter 18: Exercises for Seniors.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Stay Motivated.

Chapter 20: Ten Myths about Yoga with Weights.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Chart Your Progress.

Appendix: Resources.

Index.

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Sherri Baptiste is an inspirational teacher at the forefront of yoga training in the United States. She was born into a rich heritage and family of pioneering teachers; her parents, Magaña and Walt Baptiste, established yoga on the West Coast in the mid-1950s. Her brother, Baron Baptiste, authored the book Journey into Power: How to Sculpt Your Ideal Body, Free Your True Self, and Transform Your Life With Yoga (Fireside). Sherri has been teaching yoga since her teens and is the founder of “Baptiste Power of Yoga,” a nationally recognized yoga method, as well as a yoga-with-weights teacher-training program and a yoga teacher certification and advancing studies program recognized by Yoga Alliance. Sherri presents classes and workshops throughout the United States; she’s a presenter for Western Athletics’ Bay Clubs, Gold’s Gym, Nautilus, Equinox, IDEA World Fitness, Body Mind Spirit, ECA; and she offers many yoga retreats, including retreats at Kripalu, Omega, Haramara, Green Gulch Zen Center, Rancho La Puerta Spa, and Feathered Pipe Ranch. A radio and television personality, she’s featured in video, DVD, and CD “Power of Yoga” and “Power of Meditation” programs. You can learn more about Sherri at the following Web sites: www.powerofyoga.com and www.yogawithweights.com.

Megan Scott, PhD, is a doctor of integrative medicine, sports rehabilitation, and clinical psychology specializing in advanced healing techniques. She has 20 years of training and practice in mind-body, self-regulation techniques. Dr. Scott combines her knowledge of science and self-healing in her clinical settings, highlighted by using the left/right brain neuro rebalancing technique for self-healing. She teaches at California Pacific Medical Center, the Institute for Health and Healing, and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She’s also a founder, director, and contributing researcher at the Chronic Pain Institute. In her private practice, she teaches Anusara yoga and yoga therapy classes, biofeedback training, and alternative psychotherapy. Her mission is to assist her students in discovering their own greatness and to awaken her students’ passion for yoga and all its gifts.

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"a good book if you want to learn how yoga and strength training can improve your fitness and wellbeing." (Women's Fitness, September 2007)
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