- Paperback: 1132 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark; 1 edition (15 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587367084
- ISBN-13: 978-1587367083
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 5.6 x 28 cm
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- #1239 in Books > Health, Family & Lifestyle > Fitness & Exercise > Yoga
A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy into the Practice Paperback – 15 May 2009
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I have a number of anatomy books, including some written for yoga. I have found Coulter's Anatomy of Hatha Yoga interesting but at times hard work. Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy is a little gem, however it is limited in its aims and scope. In his prologue Robin indicates that if he had known that Coulter's book was on the horizon he may not have continued his, however we can be very glad that he did not know, as Robin's approach is broader and gives factual insight into all aspects of human anatomy and physiology, and then relates it to yoga.
Robin comes from an Iyengar tradition, however the book is easily to relate to any other tradition of yoga. It has a fabulous section on neuroscience, an aspect that is so important in how yoga works as a somatic practice to bring the practitioner into a balanced state of mind, body and spirit. This is an excellent text for use in the training of yoga teachers and now I have discovered it, I will be incorporating it into my teacher training course as a set text instead of requiring students to invest in a general anatomy book.
The book is in a league of its own, with second place being a long way behind.
Robin takes hard science and writes about it engagingly so an intelligent 16 year old could understand it.
Which is not to say it's easy. The material is challenging, and not necessarily easily digestible right away. You might need to read again and again to grasp the concepts.
But this book equips you to better understand how the body works, to be better able to teach your students, and be better able to answer more technical questions. Ultimately, it gives you tools to becoming a more knowledgeable teacher.
I'm a teacher that is interested in the intersection between medicine and yoga. I am wary of being too vague and airy fairy in my classes. This book gives me lots of information on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, and is by far one of the most intelligent books on the subject by a long shot.
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