Yoga Adjustments

Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques

Author: Mark Stephens

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583947841

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 416

View: 2290

The quintessential guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching, Yoga Adjustments introduces the art and practice of providing yoga assists to yoga students. Addressing one of the most important topics in the yoga field, expert yoga instructor and best-selling author Mark Stephens covers the philosophy of yoga practice, the sensibilities of touch in teaching yoga and improving alignment, the seven principles of hands-on yoga teaching, and the twenty-five most effective methods of tactile cueing. An invaluable resource for all yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and serious yoga students, this book includes a foreword by yoga star Shiva Rea as well as over 850 unique instructional photos and explanatory captions demonstrating precise ways of guiding a variety of flowing sequences. Opening with an in-depth discussion of the philosophy of yoga assisting, Part I--Foundations describes the methods and techniques of giving yoga assistance, with detailed discussions of all of the elements of yoga assisting including communicating with students, qualities of touch, the five basic steps of providing hands-on cues, hands-on positioning and stance. Part II--Applications demonstrates how to assist students in each of over 100 postures in the seven families of asanas (poses). Each chapter begins with background on an asana family and close consideration of its foundation asana. Each asana is presented in a two-page spread with photos that show how to give students effective guidance and support. Part III--Evolution offers thoughts on the further development of yoga in the twenty-first century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Yoga Adjustments

Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques

Author: Mark Stephens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1583947701

Category: Education

Page: 385

View: 1181

A guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching includes instructional photos that demonstrate how to guide yoga postures as well as a discussion of the philosophy of yoga, principles of hands-on teaching, and tactile cueing methods.

Teaching Yoga

Essential Foundations and Techniques

Author: Mark Stephens

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583944729

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 432

View: 1795

Teaching Yoga is an essential resource for new and experienced teachers as well as a guide for all yoga students interested in refining their skills and knowledge. Addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance, the world's leading registry and accreditation source for yoga teachers and schools, Teaching Yoga is also ideal for use as a core textbook in yoga teacher training programs. Drawing on a wide spectrum of perspectives, and featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, the book covers fundamental topics of yoga philosophy and history, including a historical presentation of classical yoga literature: the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Pataljali, and the main historical sources on tantra and early hatha yoga. Each of the eleven major styles of contemporary yoga is described, with a brief history of its development and the distinguishing elements of its teachings. Exploring traditional and modern aspects of anatomy and physiology, the book provides extensive support and tools for teaching 108 yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. Teaching Yoga offers practical advice for classroom setup, planning and sequencing classes, as well as the process involved in becoming a teacher and sustaining oneself in the profession. The book has over 200 bibliographic sources, a comprehensive index, and a useful appendix that lists associations, institutes, organizations, and professional resources for yoga teachers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Yoga Sequencing

Designing Transformative Yoga Classes

Author: Mark Stephens

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583944974

Category: Education

Page: 507

View: 655

"Written for a broad yoga market that includes teachers, teacher trainers, studio owners, and students, Yoga Sequencing presents 67 sequences of poses designed for a range of yoga student experience and offers a comprehensive resource for designing and refining yoga classes"--

Extra Love

The Art of Hands-On Assists - The Definitive Manual for Yoga Teachers, Assistants and Advanced Students, Volume Two

Author: Jill Abelson,Michael Fantasia

Publisher: Jill Abelson

ISBN: 9780615708409

Category:

Page: 108

View: 5662

Yoga students and teachers alike appreciate the power and art of hands-on assists. Many teachers would like to assist more, but don't yet have the confidence or skills -- increasingly important as yoga and teacher training programs grow in popularity, and new generations of teachers are called to serve their communities. EXTRA LOVE: The Art of Hands-on Assists is a "MUST" for Yoga teachers, assistants and advanced students who want to assist more, but need a little extra confidence and technical insight. Based on 13 years of teaching experience and a popular workshop series taught on both coasts, the manual reveals how to assist, as well as what to look for - to optimize students' alignment/energy flow, ensure their safety, and deepen their experience and joy of Yoga. The manual covers general principles (AKA "golden rules") of assisting, crystal clear, detailed recommendations for assisting popular poses for students of all levels, including common misalignments for each pose, thumbnail photos to enhance your understanding, and practical ethics and safety considerations.

Transformational Teaching Through Yoga Adjustments

Adjustments and Strategies to Build a Thriving and Sustainable Yoga Career

Author: Stacy McCarthy

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0981685285

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 94

View: 1857

Transformational Teaching Through Yoga Adjustments is written to support all yoga teachers, regardless of style, lineage, or brand. Filled with bite size gems for the yoga teachers who are ready to take their teaching to the next level, transform their classes from good to great, turn their students into raving fans and grow their teaching into a thriving and sustainable career. Clear, concise recommendations for assisting popular poses and correcting common misalignments. Illustrated with easy to follow photos and a special digital downloads to enhance your understanding, philosophy, ethics, and safety considerations of hands-on adjustments. "Everyone teaching and/or practicing Yoga will benefit from this inspirational book! McCarthy has brilliantly and succinctly distilled her years of yoga teaching and knowledge of anatomy into a clear yoga guidebook that not only details asana alignment but encourages us to reflect on our inner alignment as well." Michele Hebert E-RYT 500 Author, The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment Co-owner Raja Yoga Institute "Stacy's book lets you put your finger right on the pulse of yoga today in a one-stop shop approach to all the pertinent things professionals and consumers need to know. I am so pleased this book fulfills our worldwide need, with everything from practical adjustments to teaching strategies, and I only regret that this book was not out in the last century as well." Lawrence Biscontini, MA, International Mind-Body Movement Specialist, author, and teacher trainer, INNER IDEA Inspiration Award Recipient Stacy, what an incredible journey you took me on today. Your words, message and philosophy are beautiful. I was impressed by the business part of the book, and moved by the spirituality that you evoke in your writing. Pamela A. Meistrell What a treasure-trove of material Stacy McCarthy has poured into this book. Filled with heart-warming yoga inspiration, crystal clear teaching guidelines, essential professional wisdom, and beautiful images and practical adjustment instructions – this book is a must read by all yogi practitioners and instructors. As a children’s yoga teacher & trainer, I for sure will incorporate many of these lessons in to my classes & personal practice. Well done & thank you! Jodi Komitor Next Generation Yoga, Founder "Transformational Teaching Through Yoga Adjustments truly empowers us as yoga teachers to fully understand and embrace the foundational elements of a meaningful yoga practice, from the science and safety to the philosophy and ethics. From there, this book then challenges us to integrate this wealth of knowledge into our teaching, along with a deeper understanding of our students and ourselves, to ultimately cultivate an innovative approach to not only teaching yoga, but to truly living yoga. As both a fitness professional and an experienced yoga teacher, I find great comfort in and deep appreciation for the purposeful adjustments, meaningful words and inspiring life lessons Stacy has shared throughout this book. From discussing the science, safety and proper execution of hands-on adjustments, to sharing the importance of teaching from your authentic self, respecting your students and remaining a humble lifelong learner, the knowledge she has imparted on both current and future yoga teachers from her years of experience and genuine love and compassion is truly profound. Whether you are new to teaching or are a seasoned practitioner, this book will ignite your passion in a whole new way, and will inspire you as a yoga teacher to uniquely be yourself, allowing you to open more minds, warm more hearts and inspire positive, meaningful change in the lives of those you touch, both on and off the mat." Jessica Matthews, Exercise Physiologist E-RYT

Yoga Therapy

Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments

Author: Mark Stephens

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623171067

Category: HEALTH & FITNESS

Page: 689

View: 1100

ark Stephens, best-selling author of Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing,and Yoga Adjustments,gives yoga teachers and students a practical resource for learning how to adapt yoga practices to best accommodate and heal a wide array of common injuries and ailments. Stephens provides a thorough summary of the philosophical and historical foundations of yoga as a healing method and presents the basic principles and techniques of this healing modality. He applies these insights to healing musculoskeletal injuries; promoting a healthy reproductive system; addressing mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties; and working with a variety of physiological diseases and disorders, ranging from asthma and diabetes to stroke and vertigo. A final chapter suggests ways to use yoga to lead extraordinary life notwithstanding particular health conditions. An extensive glossary of asanas and asana contraindications provides a quick reference for learning what to do-and not do-for each of the 63 specific conditions covered in the book.

2,100 Asanas

The Complete Yoga Poses

Author: Daniel Lacerda

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

ISBN: 0316270628

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 736

View: 3193

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The most complete collection of yoga asanas ever photographed, and the first-ever to categorize an astonishing 2,100 yoga poses. This beautifully designed book is a must-have for yogis of all levels and every practice. 2,100 Asanas is an unprecedented, meticulously crafted catalog of yoga poses and modifications. It is also a gorgeous work of art, showcasing the beauty and athleticism of the human form. Each photograph features an expert yogi performing the pose to perfection. The aesthetic is clean and modern. The book is organized into eight major types of poses-standing, seated, core, quadruped, backbends, inversions, prone, and supine-and further broken down by families of poses that progress from easiest to more challenging. Every pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, a description of the modification, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and its benefits. Daniel Lacerda (Mr. Yoga) is a long-time yoga practitioner, teacher and entrepreneur who has helped thousands of people, including TV celebrities and Olympic athletes learn to practice yoga for fitness and relaxation. He serves as an ambassador for Lululemon and Nike, and has been featured in Men's Health. His company, Mr. Yoga Inc. is a global brand. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

The Breathing Book

Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work

Author: Donna Farhi

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429997904

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 8949

A new approach to improving quality of life through your most accessible resource: your breath. Internationally renowned yoga instructor Donna Farhi presents a refreshingly simple and practical guide to reestablishing proper breathing techniques that will dramatically improve your physical and mental health. Complete with more that seventy-five photos and illustrations, The Breaking Book offers a thorough and inspiring program that you can tailor to your specific needs. Whether you need an energy boost or are seeking a safe, hassle-free way to cope with everyday stress, you will find answers here. These safe and easy-to-learn techniques can also be used to treat asthma, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, arthritis, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions. "Donna Farhi has been a student, researcher, and teacher of the breath for many years, and now we get to reap the results of her studies in this exquisite manual." -- Yoga Journal

Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition

Author: Leslie Kaminoff,Amy Matthews

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450419887

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 276

View: 6209

Aimed at yoga enthusiasts and instructors, as well as a reference for fitness professionals and personal trainers, this book provides detailed anatomical illustrations of all standard yoga poses used by the majority of yoga practices.

The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga

The Yoga Professional's Guide to a Fulfilling Career

Author: Amy Ippoliti and Taro Smith, PhD

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608682277

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 200

View: 7767

Thousands of yoga lovers take teacher training courses each year, hoping to share what they learn with others. Many want to make yoga teaching their full-time career, but most training programs fall short in covering business acumen, and they may not equip graduates with the entrepreneurial skills and savvy they need to make a go of it. This indispensable and inspiring book guides both new and established professionals toward maximizing their impact as teachers and achieving their career goals. You’ll learn to: • build a loyal student base • plan dynamic classes • optimize your own practice • become more financially stable • maintain a marketing plan • use social media effectively • create a unique brand identity • inspire even more students to embrace yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

Practice and Philosophy

Author: Gregor Maehle

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577319869

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

View: 8359

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through: • the history and lineage of yoga • the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement) • a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count • a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text • a glossary of yoga terminology In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.

Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back

A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain

Author: Liz Owen,Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829029

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

View: 5348

The sacrum, or lower back, is an incredibly powerful part of the human anatomy. It’s what enables you to stand upright and tall, it unites your upper and lower body, it roots you to the earth—and it is one of the most common areas where people experience chronic pain and discomfort. Yoga practice can have a transformative effect on lower back problems: it allows the body to gain the range of movement and flexibility that short-circuits the mind’s perception of limitation and pain. Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back will help you understand lower back pain and heal it through gentle exercises that can be done even by those with no previous yoga experience. Liz Owen describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine, and illuminates both the Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain. She then provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and then for specific issues or conditions such as pregnancy, fibromyalgia, and arthritis, among others.

The Mirror of Yoga

Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

Author: Richard Freeman

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824874

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 4438

The world of yoga is astonishingly rich in its array of schools and practices. Yet, as diverse as they seem, they share a common aim: the discovery of the essence of existence that can be found at the core of our being, and the liberation that comes from that discovery. With this worthy goal in mind, Richard Freeman presents an enlightening overview of the many teachings, practices, and scriptures that serve as the basis for all the schools of yoga—hatha, bhakti, jnana, karma, tantra, and others. He shows how the myriad forms are ultimately related, and can even be perceived to make up a vast, interpenetrating matrix, symbolizing the unity, profundity, and beauty of the ancient tradition. Richard's wide-ranging discussion includes the Upanisads and Samkhya philosophies, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the eight limbs of astanga yoga, the process and purpose of hatha yoga, and much more. He also explores the role of the guru, chanting, meditation, and the yogic imperative of offering service to others. All of this is applied to the actual practice, giving the reader the tools to digest and apply the wealth of information to daily life. The Mirror of Yoga will be a welcome resource to all yogis who wish to better practice the profound philosophy underlying their practice.

Yoga Assists

A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists

Author: Sharon Gannon,David Life

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 149766523X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 184

View: 5916

The founders of Jivamukti Yoga outline the fundamental principles of the assist, and how to apply them in practice and service to others. The benefits of both giving and receiving an assist—the extraordinary mind/body/spirit connection between yoga teacher and student—depend on knowing what an assist is, and fully understanding the method of Jivamukti itself. Though “corrections”—with teachers who fixed students’ mistakes—had evolved to “adjustments,” the world-renowned founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method recognized this still suggested that changes to one’s technique were necessary. In this book, they use “assist” to communicate the idea of two beings interacting on various levels of consciousness to bring into focus the five central tenets of Jivamukti: Shastra (or scripture), devotion, nonviolence, music, and meditation. From cultivating trust and patience to final relaxation and massage, this step-by-step, fully illustrated guide—featuring dozens of asanas—explores the giving of yoga as an art, a flowing dance of body, breath, and energy between two connected beings. Whether we receive or give, an assist is an active process in the resolution of a relationship between teacher and student, a microcosm of the flowing interrelation among all people, and all species.

Myths of the Asanas

The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition

Author: Alanna Kaivalya

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1683830237

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 9891

Practitioners around the world reap the physical benefits of yoga, assuming poses and frequently calling them by their Sanskrit names. While many know that hanumanasana is named for the deity Hanuman, few understand why this is the case. Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop’s fables or European folktales. Myths of the Asanas is the first book to collect and retell these ancient stories. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help students of all levels realize their full potential. Meditating on the tolerance of trees while standing in tree pose can help one become more tolerant. Learning how the disfigured sage Astavakra came to be the teacher of a king can liberate us from anxieties about our external appearance and our self imposed limitations. Marveling at Hanuman’s devotion to Ram can serve as a source of spiritual strength and determination. With more than sixty beautiful illustrations to frame the stories, Myths of the Asanas will add a new dimension to your practice and study of yoga.

Yoga's Touch

Hands-On Adjustments, Alignment and Verbal Cues

Author: Martia Bennett Rachman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996020107

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 2039

With more than 200 color photos of 40 common yoga postures, plus detailed instructions and intuitive cues, "Yoga's Touch" is an easy-to-use reference book designed to empower you to be a more effective, versatile and confident teacher. Martia Bennett Rachman, E-RYT 500 and LMBT, has taught thousands of classes over the last 15 years and has trained hundreds of yoga teachers since 2007. Renowned for combining therapeutic touch with specific asanas to strengthen and heal the body, she has witnessed firsthand how effective hands-on adjustments can be. However, many teachers--especially new ones--shy away from giving adjustments due to lack of confidence or uncertainty about the precisions of a posture. "Yoga's Touch" is unique in that, in addition to dramatic, detailed photos of both asanas and adjustments, this easy-to-use reference book offers: * Instructions on the specifics of teaching more than 40 of the most popular yoga postures* Details on how the body works kinesthetically* Emphasis on how prana is affected in a yoga posture* Precise guidance on what and how to touch once a student is in a postureWhile other programs address one or two of those elements, Martia's signature YogaTouch Method℠ and her diverse background show the interconnectivity of all these elements, within individual postures and throughout a practice--which can be applied regardless of an instructor's teaching style or yoga lineage. This unique yet universal approach to teaching is what makes "Yoga's Touch" the definitive guide for teachers, studios, and training programs.

Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana

Author: Melanie Cooper

Publisher: Yogawords Limited

ISBN: 9781906756208

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 231

View: 631

Teaching Yoga, Adjusting Asana: the essential guide to teaching yoga and adjusting yoga poses. Part One explores yoga teaching fundamentals in a simple, accessible way. Melanie covers how to teach crucial concepts (breath, bandha and drishti), as well as more general topics including injuries, ethics and the spiritual aspects of yoga. Part Two has helpful techniques for deepening common yoga postures and a complete guide to hands-on adjustment for the Ashtanga Primary Series.

Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness

A Guide to Finding Joy in Unexpected Places

Author: Sam Chase

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626252890

Category: Self-Help

Page: 232

View: 1706

Enlightenment isn’t a strange, mystical, or faraway place. It’s a fundamental human experience available to us all in different ways and in different moments.Learn how the ancient philosophy of yoga, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology can help you discover your life’s meaning and purpose, rewire your brain, and uncover lasting happiness and joy. Everyone is looking for happiness, but very few really know where to find it. Maybe it’s that house you’ve been dreaming of buying, or a new car, or the perfect relationship? Or maybe it’s a grand, epic revelation about the meaning of life? But when will that revelation come to you, and how long should you wait? And what if happiness isn’t something you achieve or obtain, but how you respond to the conditions of your life? After all, yogis can find peace and joy even when life is painful and unpleasant. In Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness, you’ll discover that lasting happiness is already at your fingertips—in the small, everyday moments inherently infused with purpose and meaning. The philosophy of yoga—rather than the poses and postures—boils down to one fundamental process: overcoming suffering by coming to know ourselves and aligning our actions with our own intrinsic sense of spiritual purpose. And yoga gives us the tools to address two basic existential questions: Who am I? What should I do? Meanwhile, positive psychology and neuroscience show us how our actions are constantly rewiring our brain in helpful ways—which points to happiness as something we must practice and carry out each day. Happiness is, simply put, something we do. In this unique, light-hearted guide, celebrated yoga instructor Sam Chase blends ancient wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras with his own personal journey of enlightenment to show you how to deepen your understanding of yourself and the world around you, end the cycle of materialism and greed that can get in the way of cultivating stillness of mind, and achieve lasting well-being.