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The Thinking Body [Paperback]

Mabel Elsworth Todd
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1 Jan 2008
A classic study of physiology and the effect of psychological processes on movement that has a mind/body approach, which makes it a favorite of dancers. This brand new edition is an EXACT reproduction of the original 1937 edition and INCLUDES ALL ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS!

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Gestalt Journal Press (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939266547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939266548
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides a basic foundation for the thoughtful student." --Juana De Laban, "Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I love this book, for its no-nonsense, practical explanations of how the human body works. I can't believe she was writing this a hundred years ago, as it reflects the best thoughts in serious yoga teaching today (even though she doesn't refer to yoga itself at all) But then I am a trainee yoga teacher with a degree in English Lit, so I'm used to reading older books which other people might find a little hard going. It's great for educating non-yoga practitioners to the the scientific / engineering basis to yoga and also for re-inforcing the basic principles of yoga to students who might be tempted to just 'achieve' a shape, without any consideration of the processes happening within their body. (- As always it's the journey and the understanding which count, not 'arriving'.) I haven't finished it yet - I also find it hard-going in places - but I come back to it time and time again, just to absorb snippets and admire her understanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 13 Aug 2014
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I really love this product as it was in perfect condition and everything was how i wanted it to be. The book itself is great and has really helped to expanf my knowledge in this area. I have been reading this book for about a week now and i am thoroughly enjoying it. This book as met my expectations and very happy with overall product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ugh 28 May 2013
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okay, i know this is one of the fundamentals for inspiring yoga teachers , but it was boring and i found the information in other books written better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 20th century classic 31 July 2008
By R Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
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Mabel Todd's The Thinking Body is a must read for every serious Yoga student. It's the source book for what's called ideokinesis, a wonderful system of body-mind education based on the use of creative imagery. Much of what I learned in Yoga classes in my early years as a student I found echoed in Todd's book, which was written in the 1930s. It's not always easy to find a copy, and if you can get one for under $20, snap it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 8 Mar 2009
By Sandra L-R - Published on Amazon.com
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In a very simple and interesting way,
It allows to see the human body like an integral part of us.
How postures, physical development, connects with
our personalities, needs, strenghts and challenges.
Just brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required for anyone with a Body 17 Mar 2014
By Book Mark - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for those seeking to better understand their body mechanics! I have taken years of yoga classes and love the power of visualizing poses. With this book, I have learned so much about how my body works and how linked it is to our mental capacity or awareness. Truly, it is a holistic view of anatomy and physiology that includes emotions, intuition, psychology, culture, and spirituality.

Mabel Elsworth Todd's ideas and practices served as the foundation for the field known as Ideokinesis - essentially, body-mind integration. Two of her better-known students, Dr. Lulu Sweigard and Barbara Clark refined it to a scientifically tenable system accessible for broader audiences, including children. These two women both published manuals and books in their lifetimes, but it seems that only Sweigard's Human Movement Potential: Its Ideokinetic Facilitation is still in print.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Body 10 Sep 2009
By Maureen C. Redmond - Published on Amazon.com
Invaluable insight into the precise workings of the skeletal-muscular structure ot the human body and the influence of the mind on its function. Written in extremely accesaible language( to the lay reader), and complete with the original drawings that of beautifully illustrate the text in painstaking detail. Extremely easy reading, yet chock full of the most erudite knowledge on the subject. A virtual mechanics manual for the human muscular skeletal frame and the forces that drive it to bring it into balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've lost count of how many of these I bought for friends. 17 Jan 2014
By Ann H. Haughey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an insightful, probably essential, book for those who aspire to excellence in the use of ones own body initially and subsequently others. I borrowed the book from my daughter, then bought one for myself which I lost and replaced. Read the testimonials - the experts are not exaggerating.
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