rydra_wong: A woman (yoga teacher Jess Glenny) lies on the floor in a reclining twist. (yoga -- twist)
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Another spot of self-promotion -- this time, a longer write-up of Matthew Sanford's extraordinary Waking: A Passage Into Body, his memoir of discovering yoga (and becoming a yoga teacher) with paraplegia:

Waking (thinky books about bodies, no. 4)
rydra_wong: a woman wearing a bird mask balances on her arms in bakasana (yoga -- crow pose)
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Linking in case it's of interest -- I just posted a short write up of Mark Singleton's controversial book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice as one of my 3W4DW posts:

Yoga Body (thinky books about bodies, no.3)

Book Recs

Oct. 13th, 2010 02:45 am
jumpuphigh: Bare-chested, tattooed man, holding a woman draped across his back with their foreheads touching. (Dance)
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A number of books have been very helpful in the development of my yoga practice.  I just pulled some of them off of my yoga shelf and thought there may be some interest in mini-reviews of them.  These are books that I love and that I would rec to students.

Click here for five great books )


Jul. 1st, 2010 08:33 am
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My mom has developed terrible arthritis in her shoulders, as well as debilitating limited mobility in one hip. Being the born-again yogini that I am, I picked up Yoga for Arthritis, by Loren Fishman, MD and Ellen Saltonstall, at the library.

This book has some really interesting stuff in it, even if you aren't so concerned about arthritis, and are more just interested in how the body works. I don't really have a review of the book, but in particular, I am fascinated by and wanted to share the explanation of how the shoulders work and how they can deteriorate.

Extended excerpt )
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From Cool Yoga Tricks, by Miriam Austin:

    Very important: When performing twists in which the sole of one foot is on the floor, firmly press your foot into the floor. Doing so stabilizes your base and helps you to twist from the lowest point of your spine.

I did this, and it immediately increased my twist in Ardha Matsyendrasana.

This is a very interesting book. Will review shortly.


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