10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Truly outstanding - but good knowledge of anatomy required,
This review is from: Yoga Anatomy (Paperback)
This book is absolutely perfect for what I wanted. It describes for a selection of the most common yoga postures:
a) the classification of the posture and difficulty grade
b) key structures of the body impacted
c) joint actions
d) muscles worked/strengthened
e) muscles lenghtened/stretched
f) breathing action required
g) obstacles often encountered, including risks
h) other notes and commentary
For my purposes the above ticked all the boxes. Diagrams are clear and highlight the relevant muscles. I found the author's comments on obstacles (problems people often encounter in a posture) excellent. In addition his discussion on where things can go wrong and causes of injuries was an eye-opener for me. It gives you the information to begin to understand why from a mechanical perspective problems arise, and the simple and effective way of avoiding these (it suddenly makes sense). The purchase price was worth it to me for this alone.
Limitations which I think reviewers should be aware of:
1. The book's title says it all, that this is about anatomy. It's worth pointing out that anatomy is a complex subject and has a specific vocabulary all of its own. As a layman I am finding is taking a while to become familiar with and so unless you are already very familiar with this you will take time to get into this book. To enjoy it fully you'll need to become conversant with terms such as nutation, contralateral, concentrically, abduction, dorsiflexion etc. and also be quite familiar with the location, origin, insertion and shape of all the muscles of the body (there are many!).
2. One of the strengths of the book is that it shows only the primary muscles targetted by a pose. However it's worth noting that there is no diagram in the book of all the muscles/bones of the body. Accordingly you may want to have another reference book to try and see how they look in aggregate, otherwise this could leave you wondering. This is particularly true for minor muscles not drawn in the diagrams in the book but which are discussed in the text relating to a pose.