As you might already know I have fallen in love with the art of Yoga. I am working on including Yoga into my week at least 2-3 times. I just love the feel I get when I am in the middle of a yoga flow and also how I feel afterwards. There is just something about being in the "now" when practicing yoga that I love. I totally let everything go and focus on my breath and my moves. I try to get the best stretch I can with every pose and work on relaxing my whole body.
When I got started into my yoga practice I just popped online and looked up Yoga videos. I founds tons of great beginner videos and such but I didn't stop to think it may be a better idea to grab a beginners guide with pictures to learn each pose and their names.
For a person who has never attempted yoga before, it can seem downright daunting. Not anymore! Geared toward the absolute beginner, Idiot's Guides: Yoga teaches dozens of basic yoga poses using a series of full-color, step-by-step illustrations that allow you to clearly see how every aspect of a pose is executed. Realizing that most people who are new to yoga won't be the most flexible or coordinated, Idiot's Guides: Yoga eases the beginner into poses with sidebars demonstrating how to modify the poses for the less flexible and warnings to correct improper postures. The poses are also grouped in small sections, with a practice sequence at the end to show how to connect the poses into a routine. Idiot's Guides: Yoga also grows with you: when you've mastered the basic poses and become more flexible, you can move on to more advanced techniques for more challenging modifications to the basic poses. Best of all, you'll also learn how to string together poses into full routines that target particular issues such as stress and flexibility. Features include:
- Clear, comprehensive color step-by-step instructions for dozens of basic yoga poses.
- Handy "Keeping It Easy" sidebars show ways to modify the poses for the less flexible.
- Advanced techniques show you how to go further into poses after you have mastered them.
- Sequences illustrate routines found in yoga classes, each targeting a particular area (stress relief, flexibility, meditation, etc.).
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This is a fabulous guide that will help anyone master the basic and more advanced poses of yoga! This is a step by step book in full color photos. It also includes a section on breathing which is a huge part of yoga and can be tricky to just "pick up" without learning it from somewhere. I love that for each pose it is described in a small paragraph what the name is, what other names it goes by, what it will help with, and also if you have a certain injury etc it will let you know to avoid the pose. I also love the "Keep it easy" key where they give you an alternative to make the pose easier if you are not flexible or have less balance when starting out. After time you will become more flexible and have more balance but it is very nice to have the modifications so yoga learning is enjoyable.
The book isn't cluttered and that helps the photos stand out and make it easier to learn each pose as you go. I find you can easily put this book on the floor or a stand and try each of the poses. They also include a skill level on each pose which is great to know before getting into a pose.
The end of the book has a great section on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Mindful Eating, Mudras, Chakras and Seated Meditation. All are brief but a great into for beginners not to get overwhelmed with all of it. Now that you have learned tons of great yoga poses how do you put them together? No worries there as there is a whole section on sequences or yoga flows! I found this super helpful as you get to get comfortable with each pose and moving into the next also you can choose to do one or a couple at a time depending on what you are looking for. A flow for awakening, back pain, anxiety, bedtime, and so many other great ones. This is an all around great guide to Yoga. I have already recommended this book to numerous family members and friends that are interested in yoga.
I give this a 5 out of 5 stars! This is a great go to guide and have practiced some of the flows especially the awakening and bedtime ones.
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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~