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A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy into the Practice [Paperback]

Mel Robin

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15 May 2009 1587367084 978-1587367083 1

An excellent resource for teachers and students of yogasana, medical professionals, and bodywork practitioners, A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers presents novel aspects of physiology and neuroscience as they apply to the practice of yoga. If you have ever wondered why we do yogasana as we do, you will likely find the answers within these pages.


"A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers provides a lucid blending of Eastern and Western science that helps us understand the human body from both perspectives! It is a major contribution to both medicine and yoga."

Rajvi Mehta, editor, Yoga Rahasya, Mumbai

"This book is quite obviously the result of extensive thought and effort on the part of the author. It contains a wide range of information, blending present-day anatomy and physiology with knowledge of yoga from ancient texts."

Dr. Shirley Telles, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore

"There is a paucity of books such as this handbook ... I liked the colorful descriptions and stories interspersed throughout."

Lois Steinberg, teacher and therapist, Iyengar Yoga Institute of Champaign-Urbana

"The book is unique in its mixture of scientific explanation and practical application ... As a practicing Iyengar teacher with no medical background, I have had little choice but to accept the words of B. K. S. and Geeta Iyengar in their description of the effects and benefits of poses ... I have had no reason to doubt them, but when teaching students with a Western mind, it helps to present them with a 'scientific reason' why."

Renata Cardinal, certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Watchung Yoga Arts Center, New Jersey

"Mel Robin's labor of love has combined his knowledge of modern anatomy and physiology and traditional yoga beliefs (mostly in the Iyengar tradition) together with personal opinion and analysis based on years of teaching and practice within this tradition. By painstakingly collecting this material together, he has done a great service to the yoga community, especially those with an interest in yoga therapy and the intersection between yoga and Western medicine."

Dr. Ruth Gilmore, faculty, Yoga Therapy Centre, London

"A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers is useful for yoga teachers and serious yoga students who wish to bridge their understanding of Western and Eastern concepts. It may help practitioners of other Eastern methods of healing find ways to explain what they are doing to Western students or clients. Western doctors who want to understand Eastern healing methods will find the book extremely beneficial."

Jessie Thompson, director, the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable and Useful Book 30 Oct 2009
By Roger Cole - Published on
This remarkable book provides invaluable scientific information and creative insights on virtually every aspect of human physiology as it relates to yoga. It's a vast and useful reference for anyone who wants to understand how their body and brain work, and how yoga affects them. The breadth of this hefty volume is impressive, covering topics as diverse as lung function, pregnancy, ocular physiology, emotional processing, weight-bearing by the bones of the neck in headstand, and literally hundreds of other topics. A book of this nature cannot go into depth or provide definitive information on any one topic, and it doesn't, but that's not its purpose. Readers interested in pursuing a particular question will find here an excellent starting point for further inquiry: they can look up the subject they are interested in by consulting the comprehensive, well-organized index, turn to a clear explanation of the basic concepts, learn about practical applications of the science, pick up some useful practice tips, and find numerous references for further study. It's not a place to find definitive answers to most questions, though. While the author clearly understands the elements of each field he discusses, every field has its own specialists who have a deeper understanding of its nuances. To get a more thorough and authoritative explanation of a physiological or anatomical point introduced by the book, the reader would be well advised to follow up by pursuing the primary sources that underlie them, many of which can be found in the reference section. The rich list of references represent a major strength of this book, but also point out a couple of minor weaknesses. One strength is that everything in the book points to its source. One weakness is that, although most of the information is solidly grounded in experimental findings published in peer-reviewed, evidence-based scientific publications, many of the references to these findings are cited indirectly (for example, citing a review article in Scientific American rather than primary findings published in the journal Science). In addition, the book cites a large number of less rigorously validated, but still credible sources of information, especially when discussing possible or probable effects of yoga that have not been thoroughly studied by researchers. The inclusion of these alternative sources, while reducing the scientific rigor in certain instances, does serve a very valuable (and scientific) purpose: it systematically indexes diverse writings about yoga physiology and related topics, often quite brilliant, that might otherwise never be noticed or found. Some of the insights in these obscure references, and indeed many of Mel Robin's own insights in his extraordinary book, could someday provide the hypotheses that form the core of a new generation of scientific research into the science of yoga.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Class by itself 11 Aug 2009
By Sally - Published on
Having been a yoga teacher for over 30 years, I have found this book to be one of the most thorough, comprehensive handbooks on the physiological benefits of yoga. I love the way Mel Robin weaves together yoga and science in a way that makes the information accessible, interesting, and enlightening in many ways. When I wrote my thesis on yoga, this is the book I primarily used.
A must have for any serious yoga teacher, yoga teacher training program, and yoga students who want to understand how their practice benefits them deeply. I recommend this book highly and without reservation. It's worth the price, but be warned, it is VERY THICK - so make sure you have a nice, wide space on your shelf!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Resource 24 Aug 2009
By Judy Brick Freedman - Published on
Mel Robin's new encyclopedia is the essential resource for everyone researching the hard facts and references for exercise physiology and body mechanics. Although targeted to yoga professionals, Dr Robin's excellent glossary, index and list of references enables any reader to quickly locate needed specifics. The Handbook's clear visuals and organization make it practical and accessible for professionals and students. I keep it out where all students can research their own questions. It is too new to be dog-eared yet.
Judy Brick Freedman student of and Intermediate - Senior 3 certified by Sri B. K. S. Iyengar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible collection of information! 14 Aug 2009
By Anne Avant - Published on
As a yoga teacher, it is important that I learn all I can about anatomy and to be able to relate it to teaching. Dr. Robin has compiled in this book more information than I have ever seen in a single volume and more detail. His first edition was the only "anatomy" book I had ever seen that related it to teaching yoga and movement. I was extremely excited when it came out. The second edition carries it that much farther. This is an incredible collection of material and a "must have" for anyone interested in learning how the body/mind functions. Thank you Dr. Robin for your dedication and extreme effort in putting this together!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handbook for Yogasana Teachers 19 Aug 2009
By Jyoti Hansa - Published on
"First, I appreciate having such complete information in one text
instead of having to search multiple text.

Secondly, although I am a yoga teacher for over forty years, Mel Robin
has brought to my attention many subtle points I may have overlooked.

Thirdly, the book is written in understandable language with excellent
references, diagrams and drawings easy to read and well labeled.

This book gives a voice to actions and activities of the body, mind and
spiritual aspects of yoga that I have not found in other publications
although I have an extensive yoga library.

It references "feelings" experienced in the practice of yoga asana that
I have emphasized in my teaching for many years and not just a quick
suggestion to think about doing it. It has become by "go to" manual.

The handbook covers all component parts of existing structures commonly
referred to as body, mind, intellect and more.

Thank you Mel Robin for this longtime work of love that is grand."
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