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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners [Hardcover]

David Coulter
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30 Mar 2002
This is the first complete authoritative source combining the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. David Coulter provides an in-depth physiological examination of more than 100 yoga postures and practices and their relationship to the systems of the body. It includes chapters on breathing, relaxation and meditation as well as detailed diagrams, illustrations and photos.
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  • Hardcover: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Himalayan Institute Press (30 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970700601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970700605
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars exellent!!! 23 Nov 2005
I got this book when I was on the teacher training programme, at the time i didn't have the time to read it, just flicking through the pages. Now my course is over I have stuck my head into it and cannot get it back out. What a brilliant tool!! As a teacher it has helped my understanding of the asanas, breathing etc and as a yogi, it has helped my understanding of both my body in action and of the whys. if your serious about learning how you body moves and why your body restricts your practice etc then you'd better get this book...I cannot reccomend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demystify yoga, increase confidence 15 Nov 2005
When I ordered this book I had some idea that it explained yoga according to its effects on one's body. I had imagined it would be a big A4 Dorling Kindersley style hardback. Instead I was met with a squat, fat, 625-page tome, bristling with pictures.
By combining the instruction of how to perform the various yoga asanas with all the medical explanations and nomenclature that you would expect, this book is able to demystify yoga. I didn't doubt yoga before, but this book gives me extra belief that it is working.
The book is thorough in explaining variants of many positions. Almost each is illustrated. This is invariable when, either, you find a position too hard or ineffective, or you are becoming adept at a position to the point where it is too easy for you. In either case, the book is easy to use to adapt one's practice to suit.
With illustrations and instructions on the various positions and the actual physical anatomy of the body, the book begins with movement and posture, thereafter covering breathing, before moving on to abdominopelvic exercises, standing posutres, backbending postures, forward bending postures, and twisting postures. A chapter each is devoted to the headstand and shoulderstand, followed by a chapter on relaxation and meditation. The book also comes with a good glossary of anatomical terms, the book also covers the contraindications (don't dos) for various medical conditions.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
This book is essential for those who are really willing to know what is behind each posture and each exercise of the yoga practice. It analyses, illustratevely, the physical benefits and functionality of every physical movement in yoga. It is speciallized in Hatha Yoga, one of the very interesting sub divisions of the great Raja Yoga. Great manual indeed... Worthy purchasing it. I'm happy with mine in my mini library at home.. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars all the detail about Hatha you will ever need. 25 May 2005
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Coming from a medical back ground I was keen to get down to the anatomical details of Hatha having practised it for two years. This book is heavy going for the beginner but a great deal of info is included for those with a curious mind keen to know the true inner workings of Yoga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good value for money 17 Jun 2010
this book is dense. it is extremely thorough, an anatomical yoga bible. it would be a challenging read for those with no prior knowledge of a&p but for the educated reader seeking clarity i would highly recommend this book. if you have questions relating to anatomy and the alignment of asana this will provide answers. the information is well organised, the writing is clear and the illustrations are helpful. a great reference book.
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This book has been written by a medically qualified person who involved himself in Hatha Yoga through expert teachings in India for many years before embarking on writing this guide. I have practiced Yoga for over 30 years and now reading this book has helped me understand better the reasons for the benefits of practicing Yoga on a regular basis. H has kept the level of expertise at just right for most people who have a basic understanding of the anatomy of the human body can understand. Fantastic read and a useful companion for the future. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW ! 24 Jan 2011
By hazel
This is the best book so far to understand the Anatomy of Yoga, it is clearly and precicely written, it conveys through simple laymans terms the anatomy of the body not just applied to Hatha Yoga but as it is, descriptions of the working skeleton etc are amazing, if your only buying one book buy this, it blows Leslie Kaminoffs out of the water !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students 9 July 2009
By katie
It is a continous aid and support to my teachings ....very useful and factual, great way to keep learning about the body and the effects it has when doing yoga poses! fab!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
A must have for serious students of yoga
Published 21 days ago by Andrew Nathan
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Brilliant book, actually very readable. First time I have actually understood how some bits work!
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As a student yoga teacher I have found this book very informative and of great help with my studies of yoga postures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
This book is packed with information through a dense text and detailed illustrations. It is well worth spending the time to really study this subject.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone who is interested in the internal aspects of yoga. What is really happening inside when I do downward dog, for example. Read more
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This is my yoga bible; filled with information that only enhances my yoga teaching and thus, my life. Rate this manual highly.
Published 17 months ago by Valerie Rowe-Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must have"
An absolutely marvellous book for any teacher or serious student of Hatha Yoga - I would go so far as to say it's a "must have". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs AG
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise, deep and thorough
I haven't finished the book yet. But so far it's exactly what I was looking for. Precise, thorough anatomy from the beginning (but definitely not just for beginners) that is always... Read more
Published 21 months ago by QS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great text, lousy pictures
Fantastic text. So informative. Great to have on kindle so that I can take it with me and read when I have a moment - its written in small enough sections that you can read one... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Imo
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes !
Just received this book. As a relative novice to anatomy I must say that it can be a bit tough going, as with any new subject one has to persevere, but it has enhanced both my... Read more
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