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  • Hardcover: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Publishing; compact edition edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955241294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955241291
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.5 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ancient art and science of yoga is as powerful now as it was thousands of years ago. Unlocking its secrets requires patience, perseverance and intense study. After three decades, Brian continues on his path of exploration and discovery.

Brian teaches directly from his personal experience and studies. Brian is founder and director of Union Yoga Training, approved by Yoga Alliance UK, which is dedicated to setting and maintaining high standards of teaching yoga in Britain and Europe.

Brian has dedicated much time to teaching the benefits of Thai Massage for teachers and students of yoga. These interests have resulted in his new book 'The Art of Adjusting' written specifically for yoga teachers.

Brian has also co-founded Harmony Publishing which publishes out of print yoga classics.

He is the Honorary Secretary for Scotland for the International Yoga Federation, an Honorary Member of the World Yoga Council, a member of the Advisory Board for the World Yoga Council, and on the Advisory Board of Yoga Alliance UK.

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This book should be translated into as many languages as possible. Some comments on a first read and practice of self-adjustments: 1/ top quality production and design (unusual binding but it feels like it will last) 2/ clear and precise writing with abundant and excellent photographs. 3/ will be beneficial to anyone training or teaching within any of the yoga schools and traditions which are hatha yoga based. Congratulations to Brian (and everyone who helped) on a great achievement. Namaste, Paul --Paul: Yoga teacher - Ireland

"I am honoured to write the foreword for Yoga: The Art of Adjusting. The detailed art of adjusting Yoga postures has been accomplished in this book in a loving and practical format. It also comes at a fortuitous moment. With the rapid increase of Yoga teachers all over the globe during the last few years, greater understanding of the art of adjusting has been missing in the printed form. I think Brian Cooper has done an excellent job of covering the key points of adjusting most of the postures of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. He clearly explains the main focus of each posture, the direction to take with each posture and eventually how to learn to do each posture unaided without an adjustment. The visual aspects of each posture are conveyed precisely in a step-by-step format giving the reader practical insight into the wonderful art of touch. Enjoy!" --Foreword by Matthew Sweeney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

This manual has grown out of a series of teacher
training courses I have been running since 2001. It
now forms part of the Yoga Alliance UK Teacher
Training curriculum. The use of physically adjusting
students in an asana is relatively uncommon in yoga,
but with the increasing popularity of styles like
Astanga Vinyasa yoga, it is becoming an accepted
part of a teacher's repertoire. There has been a lot
of debate about injuries sustained during adjusting
and some teachers are adamant that no physical
adjustments should ever be used.

Part of the motivation behind this manual is to show how
adjustments can be carried out both safely and
effectively. There is no doubt, in my experience, that
adjustments used with the correct technique and in
the correct setting can be an extremely effective way
of not only increasing flexibility, but of increasing
the student's awareness of the asana. Adjusting can
be thought of as a form of bodywork, and a beautiful
example of this is Thai Massage, which closely
resembles the asanas of yoga.

Thai Massage follows a set of rules and techniques which ensure that it is
safe and effective. The same approach can be used in adjusting in yoga. It
is the aim of this manual to guide the reader into using these techniques
in a
variety of asanas based on the primary series of
Astanga Vinyasa yoga. With practice and experience
these techniques will develop awareness and intuition. Then adjusting truly
becomes an art. There is of course no substitute for the guidance of an
experienced teacher. This manual should be used in conjunction with
personal tuition in adjusting or a similar area of bodywork. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jess Collins on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a yoga teacher this quite simply is a MUST buy.

I have studied with Brian Cooper for many years and he really is one of the 'hidden' gems of yoga.

Brian Cooper is the director of Yoga Alliance UK, the main teacher training organisation in the UK. WIth over 40 years direct experience in practising / teaching yoga his knowledge and expertise is second to none.

This first book by Brian is a joy to read filling a much needed gap in the market. The book is a large format, hard cover, spiral bound (similar to David Swensons Practice Manual style)with LOTS of large beautiful pictures and bullet point descriptions.

In addition to Asana Adjustments there are sections on Partner Yoga (with the best Partner Pictures I've ever seen!) and Thai Massage.

It's a joy to look at even if you never want to teach.

This book should be on all teacher training course compulsory books.

Buy it today you wont regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Azula Altucher on 16 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am loving The Art of Adjusting, by Brian Cooper. The book is expensive, granted, but that is because it has a lot to offer and it is not one of those books you would read once and forget. No. Not this one. I already wish I could have it on the kindle so it could come with me everywhere (it's a bit heavy too, although I heard he created a travel version now).

Adjusting is an art, indeed. When the adjustment is right there is an exhilaration that goes with it at discovering where the energy of the pose goes, where the focus is, how it can send us within even more, how it can reconnect us with the nervous system in am more dramatic, healing way. And so the book is a blessing.

The beauty of it, at least for me, is that it goes over the primary series of Ashtanga. It details each pose in the series that brings you health (Yoga Chikitsa, as primary is called, or yoga therapy) with modifications, and looking at it from six different points of view:

Key: what defines the asana and what everyone (including new students) should strive to achieve
Aim: suggestions as of where the asana is going
Foundation: further clarification as of what is basic in the pose, alignment, gaze, etc
What to do: Giving tips on how to move deeper into the position without losing alignment

And then, later on, towards the end of the book there is:
Partner yoga, providing a few photographs of how two people can provide support/alignment when working together
Thai massage photographs of a few poses and how they mix massage with yoga. Perhaps this is more of an artistic side of the book as I am sure nobody can learn Thai Massage from just photographs, but beautiful to look at nevertheless.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An amazing resource for Ashtanga students and teachers 16 Aug. 2011
By Claudia Azula Altucher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am loving The Art of Adjusting, by Brian Cooper. The book is expensive, granted, but that is because it has a lot to offer and it is not one of those books you would read once and forget. No. Not this one. I already wish I could have it on the kindle so it could come with me everywhere (it's a bit heavy too, although I heard he created a travel version now).

Adjusting is an art, indeed. When the adjustment is right there is an exhilaration that goes with it at discovering where the energy of the pose goes, where the focus is, how it can send us within even more, how it can reconnect us with the nervous system in am more dramatic, healing way. And so the book is a blessing.

The beauty of it, at least for me, is that it goes over the primary series of Ashtanga. It details each pose in the series that brings you health (Yoga Chikitsa, as primary is called, or yoga therapy) with modifications, and looking at it from six different points of view:

Key: what defines the asana and what everyone (including new students) should strive to achieve
Aim: suggestions as of where the asana is going
Foundation: further clarification as of what is basic in the pose, alignment, gaze, etc
What to do: Giving tips on how to move deeper into the position without losing alignment

And then, later on, towards the end of the book there is:
Partner yoga, providing a few photographs of how two people can provide support/alignment when working together
Thai massage photographs of a few poses and how they mix massage with yoga. Perhaps this is more of an artistic side of the book as I am sure nobody can learn Thai Massage from just photographs, but beautiful to look at nevertheless.

Adjustments:

The adjustments are separated into "observation", "passive", "active", and "resistance" categories.

For example, in chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed stick posture) you could observe if the student is `letting the belly sag and losing energy' by that. Or, you could then `press gently on the mid-back and ask that she resist' (resistance adjustment) or you could `pull back on the student's legs while asking her to pull in the opposite direction' (active adjustment).

The wording is crafted, made sense, made me re-think poses. Take for instance, again in chaturanga "the body has to be stretched our from a central point at the navel, with the upper body held steady while the heels are stretched in the opposite direction. This is what provides the necessary tension -like pulling on a rope-"

Like pulling on a rope.... hm... I learn something new every day. Don't you love that?

Today I worked side by side with the book on Virabhadrasana (Warrior I). He says:
"A strong and powerful asana best appreciated after holding for more than fifteen breaths. It is also...a great preparation for back-bending".
So I did. I stayed in warrior one for 15 breaths on each side. I had never done that before.

At first I noticed that past the usual five long and deep breaths I take I needed to negotiate the neck because it began to feel discomfort. I had to lower my head so that my eyes would be in line with the horizon. But for the rest, it was not so hard to maintain the pose and eventually bring the head back up and the gaze to the ceiling.

On breath number 9 or so I began to feel a change in the energy of the pose. The legs began to work harder to support the pose, I felt first the hamstrings and then the thighs engage much more than they usually do.

By breath 12 I noticed that I was sweating and that the foundation felt much stronger than usual. THAT is when the back-bending part actually started to happen. I felt waves of energy in the upper portion of my back, an opening of the chest and as if the lower back inserted itself into the upper back, lengthening upwards.

I admit I had to rest for a few breaths after the intense 30 breaths on Warrior I and even before I went into II. But then two felt easy.
The level of description of each pose and the prep / variation is substantial. I find the book a work of art.

I also loved that there are blank pages for extra notes, which I have already began filling with what Krishnamacharya says about the poses. I would have liked to have an extra blank page after all of the poses, but I think I can live with it the way it is anyway.
What a book!
I review many yoga books at my blog claudiayoga.com
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Second Edition Is Now Available as of October 2009 24 April 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
The bigger and better Second Edition is out--Harmony Publishing--$[...]. I would think Amazon will be offering it, or do a Google search and it is sure to come up. It far surpasses the original edition. Loads of clear photos, photographed so you can see exactly how the adjustments are made, along with scripting that is clear and concise. A wonderful addition to any yogic library.
Incomplete descriptions 14 Jan. 2014
By Greenly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The clear photographs and compact size of this hardbound book are very nice, however the incomplete instructions are disappointing. For instance, many of the adjustments conclude with "press" instead of "press downward" or "press toward the bent knee" or "press forward."
amazing book 26 Oct. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
lots of pictures, handy and easy to use. Precise, clear instructions both on adjusting and for the practicioner as well. I also liked the idea of practicing with a fellow student as shown.
recommend 25 Nov. 2013
By m nagra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Well thought out book layout with space to make notes. I recommend this book for yoga teachers for classes and couples classes.
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