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Yoga For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-83954-6
408 pages
May 2014
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Foreword xv

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Yoga 5

Chapter 1: Yoga 101: Building a Foundation 7

Chapter 2: Ready, Set, Yoga! 23

Chapter 3: Preparing for a Fruitful Yoga Practice 33

Chapter 4: Relaxed Like a Noodle: The Fine Art of Letting Go of Stress 41

Chapter 5: Breath and Movement Simplified 55

Part II: Moving into Position: Basic Yoga Postures 77

Chapter 6: Please Be Seated 79

Chapter 7: Standing Tall 89

Chapter 8: Steady as a Tree: Mastering Balance 107

Chapter 9: Absolutely Abs 115

Chapter 10: Looking at the World Upside Down: Safe Inversion Postures 123

Chapter 11: Easy ’round the Bends: Classic Bending Floor Postures 133

Chapter 12: Several Twists on the Yoga Twist 151

Chapter 13: Dynamic Posture: The Rejuvenation Sequence and Sun Salutation 159

Chapter 14: A Recommended Beginners’ Routine for Men and Women 167

Part III: Creating and Customizing Your Yoga Routine 177

Chapter 15: Designing Your Own Yoga Program 179

Chapter 16: Partnering Up for Yoga 215

Chapter 17: It’s Never Too Soon: Pre- and Postnatal Yoga 231

Chapter 18: Yoga for Kids and Teens 243

Chapter 19: It’s Never Too Late: Yoga for Midlifers and Older Adults 265

Chapter 20: Prop Art: The Why and How of Simple Props 287

Chapter 21: Yoga Against the Wall 295

Part IV: Living Life the Yoga Way 309

Chapter 22: Yoga throughout the Day 311

Chapter 23: Meditation and the Higher Reaches of Yoga 323

Chapter 24: Yoga Therapy: Customizing Your Back and Body Treatments 337

Chapter 25: Using Restorative Postures to Relieve Stress and Chronic Pain 357

Part V: The Part of Tens 371

Chapter 26: Ten Tips for a Safe Yoga Practice 373

Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Get the Most out of Your Yoga Practice 377

Index 379

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