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A practical introduction to hatha yoga. Clear, illustrated step-by-step instructions to over 40 key postures. Benefits and cautions are highlighted for each posture.
Published in paperback with a stylish new cover design, Gem Yoga will strengthen the bestselling Mind, Body & Spirit Gem.
Collins Gem Yoga provides a good introduction to yoga, particularly for those thinking of taking up a class. It is also an invaluable reference book for those attending classes and who wish to practise the postures at home.
Includes over 40 postures
Describes breathing techniques
Gives a history of yoga
Whether you are looking to lose weight, trying to increase your strength and stamina, hoping to sharpen your mental edge, or seeking to go deeper within, Baron Baptiste can take you there. Baptiste Power Yoga isn't just the ultimate workout, it's the ultimate life transformation program.
In this unique and inspiring book, one of the world's most dynamic and sought-after master yoga teachers brings us the same revolutionary program for body, mind, and spirit that has changed the bodies and lives of Hollywood celebrities, all-star athletes, and millions of people just like you. In his refreshing and iconoclastic style, Baron Baptiste shows us that the key to true power is not to chase an ideal version of ourselves but to reveal the perfect self already within. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect from using this book:
• Strong, lean muscles and a shedding of unwanted pounds
Baptiste Power Yoga is the ultimate commitment that yields the ultimate transformation, as Baron's millions of students have discovered. It heals, detoxifies, and electrifies body and mind at their deepest levels. You will find your true strength, your real self, and a new way to live that is both authentic and joyful!
The yoga exercises in the book are based on Hatha yoga for exercise and relaxation, and Kalari yoga for preparing the mind and body for meditation. The physical, mental, health, and Ayurvedic benefits of each asana (yoga posture) are clearly explained. In short, "The Power of Yoga provides readers with all they need to know not only to perform the postures well, but also to understand their underlying purpose and what benefits to expect.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER How to train for anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere The World's Fittest Book is set to become every fitness enthusiast's bible. Dubbed the body's complete user guide, it will become the go-to resource for learning all you need to know about building muscle, losing fat, eating (healthy) cake and unlocking your superhuman physical potential. Packed with workouts the author tried and tested in the pursuit of multiple world records, it's more than a book, it's the greatest training tool ever written! Designed for anyone who wants to make permanent and lasting changes to their food and fitness, it's the first book to combine the teachings, tips and tricks of Olympic and World Champions into one, easy to follow resource. This book will show you how it's possible to: Live below 10% body fat with the aid of chocolate and Mayan secrets Add 27% more muscle mass, courtesy of tips from world heavyweight champions Increase speed by 10%, thanks to gold medal winning Olympic sprinters Squat, deadlift and bench weights you never dreamed of lifting, with the guidance of the world's strongest men Improve endurance capacity by 60%, thanks to the knowledge of world champions in multi endurance-based sports ...all of which the author has achieved during the 10-year 'Fitness Pilgrimage' that has taken him around the globe. Aiming to be the most eclectic and comprehensive fitness guide ever created, The World's Fittest Book is the sum and substance of over a decade of research and the collective wisdom of some of the greatest minds and athletic bodies in history. By learning the lessons within it, readers will understand 'fitness' better than the vast majority of the population. Every chapter will have an easy to digest workout within it and can be read individually. But if you want to read the stories and the science behind the routines, that's there too. Until now, there hasn't been a book covering such an ambitious range of areas, catering for the casual fitness enthusiast seeking clarity and guidance in their own gym routine and kitchen habits as well as the seasoned sportsperson who's hit a plateau and is searching for tips, tricks and tweaks they can make to their training and diet. This book changes that, and will take you on a journey to whatever level of fitness you want to find.
A guide to the seemingly effortless yet explosively powerful
martial art techniques of Fa Jin
Restore balance and harmony to both body and mind with this step-by-step guide to enhancing the chakra-tattva energy system through yoga. Discover the five forces of vitality - the panchatattva - housed in the body's five corresponding chakras, or energy centres. Through the practice of specific yoga postures beneficial to each tattva you can improve the flow of vitality (prana) within your body, to achieve a healthier, happier life. Clear illustrations and instructions are included throughout, along with further techniques for balance, breathwork, gestures, visualizations, mantras and diet. There are also targeted routines for alleviating a range of common ailments.
UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED.
Kundalini yoga engages your unique sources of energy -- those that empower your spirit as well as your body. Drawing from the riches of ancient yogic tradition, The Kundalini Yoga Experience offers a system of physical poses, breathing techniques, and focused meditations that, when practiced together, will bring you
• Heightened sensory awareness • Enhanced intuition and creativity
• Greater peace and fulfillment in relationships • A deeper sense of your own spirituality
Unlike any other yoga guide, The Kundalini Yoga Experience encourages you to develop a practice that suits your needs. At the start, a simple numerological profile based on your birth date reveals your strengths and weaknesses. From there, you'll learn which exercises and meditations will be most effective in helping you balance each energy center (or chakra) in your body. Clear instructions and photographs guide you through each step, and as you move from one to another, you'll see how physical movement and spiritual reflection go hand in hand to heal and strengthen every part of you.
With regular practice, you'll be surprised at how strong, healthy, and fulfilled you feel. Experiencing the power of Kundalini is your birthright -- embrace it!
New in paperback, Petri Raisanen, one of the world's most popular yoga teachers offers the complete guide to to the yoga poses (asana), breathing techniques and philosophy of Ashtanga yoga. The most physical and dynamic form of yoga, Ashtanga combines an impressive sequence of yoga poses with special breathing techniques to heat the body internally and allow safe stretching of the muscles. Ashtanga's enthusiasts point to the powerful impact of the practice on their overall health and well-being: regular practice tones and strengthens the muscles, cleanses the body of toxins, calms the mind and increases concentration. Each of the yoga poses in the Primary Series is presented both separately and as part of complete practice. The reader will gain a deep knowledge of the multidimensional philosophy of Ashtanga yoga and how it relates to everyday life. This is a clearly and simply written guide, packed full of knowledge and insight, that will delight beginners, advanced students and yoga teachers alike.
Take control of your fitness and training with this easy-to-use handbook to building a stronger core. This simple guide includes more than 150 core-strength exercises, each with clear explanations and illustrations so that you can perfect your technique. Step-by-step visuals for exercises and stretches will help you work out correctly and safely, while focused explanations and anatomical diagrams of the body will deepen your knowledge of the science behind your workout. Customise your routine according to your goals and fitness level by using the suggested training programmes and visual exercise directories. Improve your general mobility, strength, and flexibility or focus on improving your core for a specific sport - such as football, running, and many more. Strengthen your physique pre- and post-pregnancy or simply beat the physical symptoms of desk work! Whether you're thinking about going to the gym for the first time or looking to take your workouts up a level, Core Strength Training is an easy-to-follow guide that will help you to know your body, its muscles, and how core training can work for you.
Tai ji (or tai chi) is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern living. This ancient Chinese exercise system for body and mind is all about generating and feeling energy through slow, graceful movement. The benefits are enormous, from improving overall health, fitness, and well-being to boosting your own vital energy and creativity and helping you stay bright and alert. This practical, handy guide teaches the most popular style of tai ji--the short yang form--in simple steps, making it easy for you to fit your practice in and around your daily schedule. The sequence is broken down into "bite-size" lessons. Simply practice the movements in one lesson until you're comfortable with them, then move on to the next. By learning the routine in manageable chunks, you'll be giving yourself time to assimilate all the movements properly, and you can work your way through the lessons by practicing as little or as often as your time allows. With just ten minutes' practice a day, you can restore and maintain your body's natural state of health and well-being.
Your Best Abs is revolutionary in its approach, but the research behind its benefits has been around for years. The premise is simple: Train the abs as they are designed to work, not by doing crunches and sit-ups, but by properly bracing the core. The purpose of the abs is to resist spinal extension-to brace and hold, not to push and pull. Your Best Abs provides a way to sculpt the abs without damaging the lower back or any other part of the body. This holistic approach includes warm-ups, cool-downs, stretching, strengthening, power training, and a nutrition plan designed to deliver maximum results. Whether performing upper- or lower-body moves, using core isometrics to stabilize the core is the deciding factor for performance enhancement. The research-based, martial-arts inspired strategies help to train the abs from the inside-out, enhancing neutral spine alignment, strengthening postural muscles, and improving athletic performance. Your Best Abs is a revolutionary way to a smaller waistline and stronger core, it will change the way you train your abdominals at home and at the gym.
Yoga is for every body, including yours! This book offers yoga for all types of body: from plus size yoga and pregnancy yoga, to yoga for the elderly or disabled, there's something for all. No matter who you are or what your abilities are, you can do each of the 50 poses in this book. The variations and modifications to classic yoga poses will also allow you to perform all 10 sequences, which combine different poses into one singular experience and focus on specific physical and mental benefits. For years, books on yoga have asked readers to bend over backward (literally!) to conform to their physical demands. It's time for the opposite - for readers to demand that yoga conform to their individual needs. This is yoga for real people!
Much of what is known as yoga today emphasizes physical postures and exercises to increase flexibility and help relaxation. But in fact, yoga has its roots in centuries of rigorous investigation and research in the East to develop an understanding of human consciousness and its potential.
International travel is rewarding and fun, but sometimes it exacts a price. Activities we take for granted-eating, bathing, and going to the toilet-can range from challenging to risky in unfamiliar territory. In How to Shit Around the World, Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth takes a sympathetic and funny approach to the most basic human activity, interweaving hilarious anecdotes from fellow travelers with sensible tips and techniques. More than just a how-to, this book inspires the traveler to be adventurous in dealing with foreign toilets, and to heed the fascinating cultural lessons to be learned from the simple act of using the bathroom.
A fundamental Taoist practice for enhancing and utilizing chi . Includes breathing and movement exercises to promote vitality and healing through the cultivation of chi in the tan tien and perineum areas. Presents the foundational exercises that are essential for more advanced practices such as Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing. Tan Tien Chi Kung is the art of cultivating and condensing chi in the lower abdomen, the tan tien, the fundamental power storehouse of the body. Known as the Ocean of Chi to the ancient Taoists, this lower abdominal area holds the key to opening the body and the mind for the free and continuous movement of chi. Tan Tien Chi Kung contains specific breathing and movement exercises that develop the power of the chi stored in the body to increase vitality, strengthen organs, and promote self-healing. Mantak Chia explains how these exercises also provide a safe and effective method for receiving earth energy, which allows the practitioner to achieve balance physically, mentally, and spiritually, all of which are essential for the more advanced practices of Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing.
It is our mind that directs and guides our chi, but if the mind and body are out of balance or under stress, the mind cannot perform this function. The tan tien actually contains a large quantity of neurotransmitters, making it a key source of body intelligence. It is for this reason the Taoists also referred to Tan Tien Chi Kung as Second Brain Chi Kung and created exercises that would allow practitioners to gain awareness of the tan tien's function to restore the mind-body balance that is essential for spiritual growth and optimal well-being.
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It's no secret that most of us get flabbier the older we get, and it's no surprise that the biggest spike in weight happens in the early stages of parenthood. Mark Macdonald knows the struggle himself, having gained thirty-five pounds after the birth of his son. It happened to him even as a nutritionist and former fitness model, so he knew he wasn't alone in the struggle. Along with his wife, Abbi, Mark has created this proven eight-week program specifically geared toward parents to help them shed the weight, discover new amounts of energy, and most importantly, create new sustainable habits to keep it from coming back.
"Anatomy of Hatha Yoga"--revised and updated with full color illustrations and photos--is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning. The author holds a PhD in Anatomy and was a sought after professor, teacher and yoga practitioner for over 30 years. He lived and taught at the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy, and the University of Minnesota and Columbia University medical schools.
This book is unique in the literature, combining the breadth and depth of a textbook with the readability, humor and flow of the great science writers of our time, while bridging the gap between biomedicine and complementary medicine.
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