Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk

Title: Hatha Yoga Illustrated
Author: Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon, Daniel DiTuro
Series: N/A
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Release Date: 11/1/2005
Length: 233 pages
Format: Paperback
Genres: Non-fiction, Fitness, Health, Yoga
Challenges: N/A
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Paperback | Kindle | NOOK
Rating: ★★★★★


Experience the physical benefits and body awareness from hatha yoga-the most popular form of yoga today. Hatha Yoga Illustrated presents nearly 650 full-color photos to visually demonstrate 77 standard poses from hatha yoga that apply to all major hatha styles including Iyengar, Astanga, Anusara, and Bikram.

Individual poses are presented from start to finish, showing you how to achieve proper alignment and breathing to ensure challenging yet safe execution. The result is an increase in the effectiveness, both physically and mentally, you’ll experience with each pose. Several pose variations based on your personal preference, ability, and fitness level are also included.

Eleven sample yoga routines show how to assemble the poses into workouts that meet your specific time, difficulty, and intensity parameters. Colorful and comprehensive, Hatha Yoga Illustrated is organized for your ultimate convenience and use. Use it to guide your muscles, as well as your mind, and increase strength and stamina, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce blood pressure, and increase flexibility.

Perfect. This is exactly what I was looking for when I wandered into the health and fitness section of the bookstore. I’ve been doing yoga on and off for five years or so. It’s one of the only ways I can stand to exercise and probably the most effective in strength building and muscle toning. It takes an intense combination of balance, control, strength, and flexibility. That’s why I love it so much.

When I started yoga, I bought an Ashtanga Yoga DVD and learned the basics. Later, I bought a DVD called Yoga Total Body Makeover. It combines yoga with the concept of exercise reps. Parts of it can be intense. What I really wanted was something to explain what I should be doing in the poses. I already know how to make them. I want to know how to do them to the best of my ability. This book is perfect. It tells you exactly what muscle groups your working. It tells you what you should be doing with your muscles. It tells you when to breathe. There’s even a whole section in the beginning explaining the full yoga breath.

My favorite part is the back of the book where all the sequences are. There are two sun salutations, two moon salutations, sequences that focus on flexibility, sequences that focus on strength building. Each one usually has two variations, an easier one and a more intense one. There’s also a gentle sequence for beginners. Seriously, if you’re into yoga, this book is great.

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