Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Mar 2010
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First few pages are very infuriating to read through as the print on the back side of those pages are so dark that the super emboss the current read. Luckily only few came out that way... making me not bother to return the same... Hope it's taken into account... Cheers!!! The book on the other hand is extremely well written & totally guides someone like me who has just started practicing yoga 1 month now... Helps me understand the concepts & the core true meaning behind each & every move... Only for me to perform better... --Satish Nimmagadda
As hatha yoga approaches the "Granola Standard" of public acceptance -- it's not just for aging hippies and health nuts anymore --there's a growing need for foundational work in the anatomic and physiological effects of the discipline. It may still be a while before our leading medical schools issue texts examining yoga in detail, so former anatomy professor and dedicated yogi H. David Coulter, Ph.D. has done them a favor (and they, along with every HMO, hospital, and preventive-care clinic in the country should order copies now). In this exhaustive guide to the ups, downs, twists and turns of most fundamental asanas (and a few advanced ones), Coulter tells you a lot more than your recently certified yoga teacher may know about exactly what's going on with your body during the yogic experience. (Yoga teachers, you should order now too!) And the author has the seasoning to issue knowledgeable warnings about the fact that, poorly practiced, yoga can certainly be bad for you: "Cultivate a frolicsome enthusiasm in the morning to counter stiffness, and cautiousness in the evening to avoid hurting yourself. And at any time, if you start feeling uncommonly strong, flexible, and frisky, be careful. That's when it?s easy to go too far." In these days when most books are more cheaply made than ever, it's nice to see a volume like this that's built to last; the glossy text paper gives the book the physical heft and authority to match the value of the content. The pricetag is what you're used to seeing on the latest computer books, but when you consider that this tome will be timely for years instead of months, it's a real bargain. -- --p.miller
Coulter's comprehensive book provides a new bridge between the empirical traditions of yoga science, and Western physiology and anatomy. He uses his deep knowledge of both sides of the divide to provide detailed accounts of what is happening during yoga asanas and pranayama breathing. While I had expected this to be useful in providing answers for questions that I, my colleagues and students have had, trying to fit yoga into a Western scientific context, I have been delighted to find that there is a feedback loop, with the Western analysis making it easier to maintain the detailed instructions I had previously learned from teachers and other books. This is an impressively detailed and exhaustive book, including coverage of movement and posture, breathing, many categories of asana, and relaxation and meditation. In each case, the physiological information is linked to practice, and often different levels of the posture are discussed. The writing style is clear and informal. There are anatomical diagrams, charts of breathing patterns, and photographs of the poses, but this is a long way from the current trend towards thumbnail pictures of every stage of a pose. In such a thorough and dense volume (over 600 pages in all) the major challenge is easy access to specific information when you need it. There are two indexes, by anatomical term and by specific practices, but I would have welcomed more context within the indexes (for example, to direct me to the most appropriate of 12 mentions of the synovial joint). I think my carping on this topic will diminish my familiarity with the content grows, as I use the book more over the months and years -- which I certainly intend to do. Highly recommended. --escaravelha
From the Back Cover
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga now revised and in full four color reproduction, remains the most authoritative source correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. The hardcover sold over 100,000 copies and was a Benjamin Franklin winner for Health Wellness & Nutrition. It spent six years as a retail top 50 selling health hardcover backlist book.See all Product description
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I bought this book as well as Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy. So far I feel Kaminoff's book is more suited to discussing the specific muscles and alignment involved asana by asana. This book is a lot deeper, teaching you more specifically where the muscles are and more importantly how they work together (lots of great diagrams). Also how the whole body works in relation to yoga, explaining everything in yoga physically/physiologically. So far I've found a few things yoga teachers have said in the past that I've never known why it's important or where they've come from. For example why it's bad physically/physiologically to hold your breath in asana practice, and why you might want to do certain types of abdominal exercises with a relaxed abdomen. There's also lots of little exercise for you to try yourself to understand experientially what the book is discussing.