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Teaching Yoga, Adjusting Asana: A Handbook for Students and Teachers Spiral-bound – 8 Oct 2013

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  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: YogaWords; 1 Spi edition (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906756201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906756208
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Melanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and training yoga teachers for eight years. She divides her time between London and Goa, practicing and teaching yoga. She currently runs the morning ashtanga self practice at The Life Centre in Islington and runs an annual teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, She has practiced at Ashtanga Yoga London for many years, and has also studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Melanie lives in North London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Charalambous on 6 Nov. 2013
I bought this book because I have an interest in teaching yoga and adjusting asana. And I'm glad I did!!! It is fresh, straightforward, clear, easy and pleasant to read. There are excellent explanations of how to teach breath, bandha and dristi, as well as tips on how to handle student injuries. Also, the detailed instructions for adjustments in the Primary Series accompanied with photographs are very helpful. I really love this book! I enjoyed reading it from the beginning till the very end and I hope the same author gives us more good books! I would strongly recommend you to buy it. It's totally worth its money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sian on 17 Feb. 2014
This is a broad-ranging practical handbook to teaching yoga and adjusting asana for yoga teachers and teachers in training. It is written in a very clear and accessible manner, offering well thought through tips and advice. I particularly liked the section on teaching points: simple, clearly expressed teaching points on the range of asana (within the Astanga primary series). The teaching points are not a comprehensive guide to instructing each pose but offer a useful reminder of different teaching points to include. I also found the section on adjusting asana particularly useful- clear photographs along with written adjustment tips. The book also includes sections on teaching breathing and on teaching the spiritual aspects of yoga (sensitively covered without lecturing). Not being an astanga teacher, certain sections such as the one on the sanskrit count were less relevant to me. I could also see scope for expanding the approach taken here (on teaching points and adjusting) to postures outside of the primary series. In sum, I found this an interesting and useful handbook for teachers and student teachers, written by an experienced teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Patel on 5 Feb. 2014
I love this book as it's grounded in practical knowledge from the authors teaching experience. I like the simplicity and economy of the language so it can be easily referenced and picked up and put down and it's written in a very neutral open minded manner.

There's some useful techniques for teaching ujjayi breathing and bandhas which are often overlooked in classes despite being the foundation of the practice. Giving some step by step instructions to guide students through with some alternative languaging and suggestions that may help.

One thing i found very useful was a full sanskrit count of the primary series for reference when I am not able to practice with a teacher and need a reminder of the breath and sequencing.

Would recommend this to any vinyasa teacher not just ashtanga.
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Melanie Cooper's book is testament to her dedicated years of practice and teaching of Ashtanga yoga.
It is a must-have guide for yoga teachers who teach Ashtanga and would also be useful for Ashtanga students
& yoga teachers from other disciplines; as it outlines her view of the many aspects of teaching yoga on a holistic level.
Melanie is a compassionate & intelligent teacher and this comes across in her writing and approach to Ashtanga,
which can sometimes be viewed by 'outsiders' as inaccessible. Melanie Cooper demonstrates that we can practice
Ashtanga yoga safely, with attention & intention and the book helps to de-mystify the practice, making it accessible to all.
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