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Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Kaminoff , Amy Matthews
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The best-selling anatomy guide for yoga is now updated, expanded, and better than ever!

With more asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, the second edition of Yoga Anatomy provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.

From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.

Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource—one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.

With Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition, authors Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, both internationally recognized experts and teachers in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork, have created the ultimate reference for yoga practitioners, instructors, and enthusiasts alike.

About the Author

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of TKV Desikachar, one of the world's foremost authorities on the therapeutic uses of yoga. Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project a New York City educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the teaching of individualized breath centered yoga. An internationally recognized specialist with over 32 years experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy, Kaminoff has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools, and training programs in the United States. He has also helped to organize international yoga conferences and has actively participated in the ongoing national debate regarding certification standards for yoga teachers. Kaminoff has been a featured yoga expert in publications such as Yoga Journal and the New York Times as well as online at WebMD, FoxNews Online, and He is the founder of the highly respected international yoga blog eSutra, coauthor of the best selling first edition of Yoga Anatomy, and creator of Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff DVD and the highly successful online course He resides in New York City and Great Barrington,Massachusetts. Amy Matthews has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a certified Laban movement analyst, a body mind centering teacher, and an infant developmental movement educator. She is registered with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association) as a somatic movement therapist and an educator with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher). Amy coteaches the body mind centering and yoga programs in Berkeley, California, and New York City at the School for Body Mind Centering. She was on the faculty of the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. Together Matthews and Kaminoff lead The Breathing Project's advanced studies program for movement professionals committed to extending their professional skills and knowledge. Matthews integrates somatic practices and yoga in her private practice as a movement educator, and she teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the United States, Canada, Israel, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Japan. Matthews coauthored the first edition of Yoga Anatomy. She currently resides in New York City.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is not an introduction to anatomy. This is anatomy applied to yoga. It does cover the basic anatomical theory and terms used to describe the postures, including skeletal and muscular actions. However a prior understanding of the muscles; their names and perhaps how they are linked, would make sure you got the most out of this book book.

The revised edition is clearer and better structured than the first edition.

The first 4 chapters cover:
-Beautiful introduction discussing how intrinsic the basic yogic concepts are in the body, before we even start asana.
-How breathing effects the shape of the body/spine and how this relates to yoga (why we inhale and exhale with certain movements).
-The spine including it's development and range of motion.
-The skeletal system including how to describe actions of the of the joints and bones.
-The muscular system including how to describe muscle contractions, briefly what are agonist-antagonist pairs, and a little about how flexibility and strength relate to the muscles.

The author relates everything to the basic concepts of yoga discussed at the beginning.
None of this is in depth, but enough to basically understand what is happening in each posture anatomically.

From chapter 5 it begins to apply this anatomy clearly and thoroughly to asana. The book does NOT cover the names of muscles but obviously, DOES use them. Previous knowledge or another book will be needed to understand the names of muscles and where the muscles are exactly.

For example: (view "look inside" to get a better idea)
"Concentric contraction. To stabilize and abduct shoulder joint: Rotator cuff, biceps brachii (long head), deltoid.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See "Inside" Your Yoga Poses 22 Jan 2012
Yoga Anatomy is a book that gives the reader a look inside the human body as it is put in various yoga positions.

Chapter 1 covers the dynamics of breathing and actually covers some breathing physiology as well. Chapter 2 talks about the spine and gives some pretty detailed spinal information. Chapter 3 is short and covers the asanas.

The rest of the book, Chapters 4 through 9, make up the "meat" of the book and contains most of the anatomy information most readers probably bought the book for- what muscles are used in what poses. The way the book gives you the information is quite handy- it has a section on standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, on-your-stomach poses, on-your-back poses, and arm supported poses. Sooo, all you have to do is pick a position/pose, and there you'll find pictures of what muscles are involved (and let me say, they show you some great angles of the poses to make sure the reader can see ALL the muscles that are involved). In addition to learing what muscles are involved, the book also tells you what joint actions are involved, as well as what body parts are working AND which ones are lengthening- neat!

A great reference book, its simply perfect for the yoga enthusiast that has become acquainted over time with muscles they never knew they had- but will now after reading this book! Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if plantar fasciitis pain keeps you from doing your yoga.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and useful book 17 Feb 2012
By Jakeh
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I'm a yoga teacher and was looking for something to delve deeply into the anatomy of the postures. This book describes the anatomy beautifully and goes into detail. It's detailed but clear enough for a layperson like me to understand. I also found little Youtube links by the same author which give snippets about yoga anatomy. I'd highly recommend this book to yoga teacher and practitioners who want to look beneath the surface to see what is happening while moveing into and out of the yoga postures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed 21 Jan 2014
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Extra-ordinary book - much more detailed than anything I have ever read before on the subject - covers both traditiona philosophy and modern insight into antomy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new perspective on Yoga 15 April 2013
By Lotli
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I like thinking about how my muscles are working or releasing when doing yoga and this books really helps with that. I have a new appreciation of my body as a result.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 11 Mar 2014
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If you are interested in understanding yoga then this book is can return to time and time again. I started by getting this book from the library to see what all the fuss was about but found it was so helpful to my practise I had to have it.lovely to own . Clear concise and full of interesting information that you can refer to time and time again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 2 Feb 2014
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This book explain perfectly what muscles work when you do yoga. It helps to understand how you should move in order to do the asana correctly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 21 July 2013
By Enaj
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An excellent book to help you understand what you body is doing in all those postures. I practice Astanga and this has really helped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described, sent promptly, well packaged, no problems
Published 13 days ago by Mr P Chisnall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Amazingly detailed pictures of poses - absolutely brilliant to imagine my own personal muscles - some of which I didn't know I had -
Published 17 days ago by mindthegap
1.0 out of 5 stars good book
V good book but disappointed that all pictures not as colourful as cover. Useful if you have a complaint and wanton stretch that area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Anatomy
Excellent detailed introduction to anatomy and the breath techniques that help to build the asanas. Each pose is looked at in detail as to how the muscles groups work within the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D J Shattock
4.0 out of 5 stars looks good
not really looked into this in depth yet, but it looks to fit the bill, certainly a good reference book to have
Published 5 months ago by marksymark
4.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive guide for those with knowledge of anatomy.
It has good clear illustrations and therefore deepens the understanding of the physical movements. It therefore inspires and satisfies the intellect, and the body and mind... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Ouston
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
great book for to see all the postures and were and what its doing.great for all yoga people as guide.
Published 6 months ago by John S. Pollock
4.0 out of 5 stars For the serious practitioner or teacher
I would advise having this book (along with goodness knows how many else, I know) but there is much useful stuff in it.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any serious yogi
Tremendous detail of musculature and physiology. Very easy to grasp structure.

Definitely a great tool for students and teachers alike. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars in depth anatomy
Fantastic book for people like me who are fascinated by the whole anatomy side of yoga movement. Not an easy read for those who dont have a lot of general anatomical knowledge - i... Read more
Published 10 months ago by jwebb
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