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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 Health.com. 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 yogaanatomy.net. 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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The revised edition is clearer and better structured than the first edition.
INSIDE THE BOOK
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."
From the book you will understand what concentric contraction is and what abduct the shoulder means, i.e. you will understand how to describe the muscular and skeletal actions. However without prior knowledge, you won't find out what or where the rotator cuff, biceps brachii (long head) or deltoid are, or get an idea of how they are linked and work together. Some of the muscles are labeled in the images, but not all muscles involved are labelled, and not in all of the postures, and there's no specific section teaching muscle names or position.