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Scientific Keys Volume I: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga [Ring-bound]

Ray Long MD FRCSC
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  • Ring-bound: 243 pages
  • ASIN: B0014DXFYU
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third edition of "The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga". There is a new cover, over 50 new pages with an expanded chapter on the breath and more biomechanics in yoga. 244 page book with over 650 colour 3D computer generated images of a human skeleton covering over thirty key muscles as applied to Hatha Yoga including biomechanics and information on the chakras.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 21 Aug 2008
By Mick..
I wanted a book to give me an simple overview of what's doing what in the common yoga positions. This book has all the answers, and presents the information in a clear and concise way - a lot of it graphically, but the text is clear and simple to understand too. An excellent first book for anyone interested in the anatomical workings going on during their yoga, or for anyone who's struggled through a 'textbook' book and needs something that's presented in a less dry format. ( Would that be a wetter format?? )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding digital illustrations 6 May 2011
This is an exceptionally well executed yoga anatomy book. It's written by a doctor who practises yoga, and he supported by a very talented digital illustrator. It's a pleasure to read and is pitched at the average person without a medical background who wants to understand what's happening in your body during a yoga posture.

The book introduces the basic terminology and concepts of anatomy and clear simple definitions which sets the stage nicely for more detailed sections which follow (including terms my review is about to use).

Each section discusses a body muscle and its anatomy and function within the context of multiple yoga postures. Multiple illustrations of the muscle in isolation, along with its origin and insertion are provided so that its shape/size are easy to visualise. Then the antagonist and synergist muscles are noted and actions (open chain, closed chain and awakenening) are detailed using yoga postures to visually convey what is happening. There is identification of when the muscle is being stretched and contracted. Some discussion of innervation and chakra illumination is also provided. I found the information very easy to understand and absorb because of the high quality and number of illustrations.

Although the cost of the book is fairly steep I'm glad I have it in my library as the quality is good enough that it seems like value for money.

Personally I think this book is pitched at exactly the right level, but if you want exceptionally fine detail on what's happening in each yoga pose anatomically you may prefer Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kamoniff instead of, or in addition, to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best understanding of Yoga/Pilates muscles 10 Dec 2009
This book finally made it possible for me to understand my own body. I could figger out for myself what excercises are possible for what level,what happens in my body with what position etc.. For anybody who wants to understand why good yoga or Pilates teachers only need to say 1 little thing to make a world of difference....They read this book!
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