Power Yoga For Dummies
—Karen Allen, actress, Yoga Practitioner
"Doug Swenson masterfully presents one of the most physically challenging styles of Hatha Yoga in a way students of any level will find safe, fun, easeful, and empowering."
—John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga
In just a few years, Yoga has gone from an obscure spiritual discipline practiced by a handful of the "enlightened" in the Far East, to a mainstream exercise routine taught at gyms all across America. Now, at the turn of the new millennium, Yoga has a younger sibling, Power Yoga. A high-energy physical discipline embraced by Sting, Madonna, and thousands of other celebrities, professional athletes, and health advocates, Power Yoga takes the basics of Yoga and gives it a good healthy dose of aerobics to tone all your muscles, sharpen your focus, ease your spirit, and strengthen your heart.
Want to pump up your body and gain peace of mind? Power Yoga For Dummies shows you how. Featuring step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photographs that help you see each move clearly, it shows you how to:
- Improve flexibility, strength, and endurance
- Develop rock-hard abs, legs, and arms
- Find an instructor and the right workout gear
- Customize workouts for all ages and fitness levels
- Enhance your practice with a partner
- Beat stress, sharpen your focus, and lift your spirits
Power Yoga celebrity Doug Swenson explains the philosophy and science behind Power Yoga. He gets you ready to take the leap into Power Yoga, and he arms you with:
- Three complete Power Yoga routines—beginning, intermediate and advanced
- Exercises to improve specific areas, including flexibility, strength, endurance, and specific muscle groups such as your arms, abs, and glutes
- Expert tips on diet and nutrition for enhancing your practice and improving your overall health
- Specific postures and exercises that benefit women and seniors
A fun and easy guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this inspirational guide will help you unit a strong, sleek body with a sharp, clear mind.
PART I: Introducing Power yoga Basics.
Chapter 1: Power Yoga in a Nutshell.
Chapter 2: Powering Up Your Body.
Chapter 3: Sharing Power with Your Mind.
PART II: Preparing to Practice.
Chapter 4: Embracing Power Yoga Everyday.
Chapter 5: Getting the Skinny on Yoga Gear.
Chapter 6: Finding a Yoga Teacher.
PART III: Mastering the Basics.
Chapter 7: Using Your Power Yoga Tools.
Chapter 8: Unfurling the Lotus and Other Seated Poses.
Chapter 9: Preparing with Powerful Warm-Ups.
Chapter 10: Saluting the Sun and Linking Your Postures.
Chapter 11: Taking a Walk in the Park: A Minimum Power Routine.
Chapter 12: Following Buddha's Way: A Moderate Power Routine.
Chapter 13: Engaging the Force: A Full Power Routine.
Chapter 14: Dialing Down the Power.
PART IV: Focusing on Specific Areas.
Chapter 15: Bending Like Gumby: A Flexibility Workout.
Chapter 16: Taking on Xena and Hercules: Strengthening Postures.
Chapter 17: Riding with Lance Armstrong: Endurance Postures.
Chapter 18: Pumping Up Like Arnold for Ripping Abs and Arms.
PART V: Enhancing Your Practice.
Chapter 19: Empowering Women.
Chapter 20: Staying Young: Power Yoga for Seniors.
Chapter 21: Practicing Yoga Adjustments and Working with a Partner.
Chapter 22: Fueling Your Yoga Body.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Reasons to Turn On Your Power.
Chapter 24: Ten Secrets for Mastering Power Yoga.
Chapter 25: Ten Great Outdoor Practice Locations.
PART VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Yoga Vocabulary.
Appendix B: Yoga Resources.
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