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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE POWERFUL AMINO ACID THAT SUPERCHARGES YOUR METABOLISM If your goal is to improve strength and vitality, sugar is the kryptonite that will hold you back. Fortunately, nature has provided the ultimate anti-sugar: leucine. This book reveals the amazing ability of leucine to combat the harmful effects of sugar, burn deep levels of fat and rapidly build muscle. With advice on getting started, building a personalized plan and successfully reaching your goals, The Leucine Factor Diet offers you a path for becoming healthy, strong and lean. Author Dr. Victor Prisk, an orthopedic surgeon, champion gymnast and bodybuilder, teaches how to optimize the leucine content of your food while creating nutritious and delicious meals. With detailed information on dietary supplements, resistance exercise and medical awareness, The Leucine Factor Diet brings together all the key elements to successful muscle building. Whether you are a competitive athlete or weekend warrior, this book has everything you need to take your fitness to the next level.
Teaching children about yoga and mindfulness has never been so easy! Yoga for Children-Yoga Cards offers children a fun approach to learning with a trusted and attentive instructor-you! Complete with full-color, easy-to-follow photographs and step-by-step instructions, this interactive deck includes more than 50 cards divided into four color-coded categories: Mindful Me mindfulness activities, Time to Breathe breathing exercises, Strike a Pose yoga poses, and Rest & Relax relaxation exercises. Whether you're a parent looking for a fun activity for you and your child, or an educator, occupational therapist, or kids' yoga teacher interested in a wonderful new resource, this deck is the perfect way to share yoga and mindfulness with children. Together, you'll enjoy the many benefits of the various activities while-most importantly-having fun!
Working out in the gym has become part of a healthier lifestyle followed by many people. How do you ensure that you condition every part of your body to avoid the risk of injury? How to you ensure that you follow a gym programme that will enhance your running, cycling or other fitness or leisure pursuits? How to you achieve an all-over toned body and ensure that you do specific exercises correctly so that they will be effective? How do you avoid the boredom that so often sets in after a few weeks of following the same routine? This title gives you all the advantages of having your own personal trainer without the challenges of scheduling, possible personality clashes and being tied to a specific gym or venue. It demonstrates more than 250 graded exercises using body weight and widely accessible basic equipment (bosu ball, Swiss ball, medicine ball, theraband, steps, dumbbells, skipping rope), highlighting the muscle groups used for every exercise, explaining pitfalls and injury risks and then combines these in 26 user-friendly programmes. Individual exercises in the programmes are interchangeable, giving you even wider scope, and many of the exercises have interesting variations, as well as more difficult levels for progression. Special training programmes for pregnancy have also been included.
Give this book 15 minutes of your day and let Pilates improve your posture and give you a stronger, more flexible body. Do you wish you could practise Pilates more often but can't find the time? This book is the answer: these four 15-minute programmes offer the flexibility and ease of use that busy lifestyles demand. At home, with just a mat and some weights, build these 15-minute routines into your week to become stronger and more toned. Clear step-by-step photographs paired with easy-to-follow instructions explain exactly what to do in each move, targeted "feel it here" graphics help you to understand which part of your body to focus on, and at-a-glance reminders at the end of each 15-minute programme show all the poses in sequence. 15 Minute Pilates will inspire you to make Pilates part of your weekly routine, so you soon reap the benefits of enhanced health and wellness.
In this courageous and radical book, renowned yoga therapist and mother-of-three Uma Dinsmore-Tuli explores the sexual politics of yoga from the perspective that women's spiritual transformation is the most potent revolutionary force. It includes: a comprehensive history section covering women's contribution to (and exclusion from) traditional hatha yoga a Goddess-inspired section guiding a woman from her first period to postmenopause illuminating personal life stories and experiences from hundreds of women specially conceived, guided yoga nidra practices instructions for womb-friendly asana and pranayama practices, including restorative yoga, for every part of a woman's life and menstrual cycle Intimate and scholarly, irreverent and inspiring, Yoni Shakti brings womb yoga, tantra and feminism together in an astonishingly powerful combination. This revised and updated edition includes a lengthy new preface with previously censored material. It includes recently uncovered information about abusive yoga teachers and organisations, and an updated decolonising bibliography. The chapter on Yoga Nidra and the 'Note to Men, Transgender and Non-binary readers' have been substantially edited to reflect developments since first publication.
Yoga for Ideal Weight and Shape is about achieving and maintaining the body shape that is best for you.
Hundreds of illustrated postures help you to enjoy yoga and its powerful weight loss potential.
This book can be used by beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
Pole Dance Fitness is a guide to performing the best pole dance exercises to create one intense workout. The book contains specific information, practical descriptions, and full-color photos designed to help the reader understand the best approach for each exercise, movement, trick, or spin. Included also are detailed exercise sets to create your own best workout as well as information on stretching before and after performing the pole dance tricks. The workouts are designed to progress as your conditioning and fitness progresses, lowering the risk of injury. Technical notes for each pole figure and spin relate to its level of difficulty so you won`t find yourself performing an exercise that is beyond your ability. Not just a workout, the unique composition of the pole dance transitions combine to create different dance and acrobatic routines so not only will you improve your body posture and alignment and your overall fitness, you will also have a great time doing it
This encouraging guide introduces the spiritual and physical benefits of yoga and explains how readers can learn to work with their own body type to perform postures safely and effectively. Sections include Chair Yoga, Bed Yoga, Travel Yoga, Office Yoga, and Anywhere Yoga. Each chapter features step-by-step instructions and clear, corresponding illustrations. In every picture, the moves are performed by regular yoga practitioners and not intimidating masters. For people with physical limitations or illnesses, the book focuses on stretching, pain prevention and reduction, relieving stress, and helping with symptoms of sickness. The postures work out every part of the body, and the book also features exercises that can be done in comfortable positions with many simpler alternatives. For frequent travelers there are stretches to relieve commuter stress, keep flexible, and prevent blood clots, jet lag, and anxiety. With no acrobatics needed, these postures can be done anywhere, from standing in line to watching TV.
Based on cutting-edge NIH studies, a practical, accessible guide to
yoga for reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, with the goal of
balanced emotional health.
Written with an MD, The Yoga Effect is a proven pathway for cultivating inner strength that can be accessed at any time, offering hope and a solution for anyone looking to transform their mental and emotional health.
The best-selling anatomy guide for yoga is now updated, expanded, and better than ever
With more asanas, vinyasas, full-color anatomical illustrations, and in-depth information, the second edition of "Yoga" "Anatomy" provides you with a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.
From breathing to inversions to standing poses, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints; how alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness; and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.
Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, "Yoga Anatomy" will be an invaluable resource--one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.
With "Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition," authors Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, both internationally recognized experts and teachers in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork, have created the ultimate reference for yoga practitioners, instructors, and enthusiasts alike.
"All that I am, I am because of my mind."
All runners strive to get in the ?zone, ? but here they?ll learn to enter the ZEN ?zone?! By adopting Buddha's mindful approach, you will discover you can run longer, faster, and harder. This book shows how to align body and mind for success on?and off?the track! Iron Man triathlete and philosophy professor Larry Shapiro coaches you to:
This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose.
Volume II of the series illustrates the correct muscle use during key poses of hatha yoga. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.
The underlying theme of the book is integration. David Keil outlines how yoga teachers and practitioners can utilize a deeper understanding of their anatomy as they approach the larger scheme of yoga. How do the supposed "parts and pieces" of the body synchronize to support integrated movement? Finally, how do the various yoga postures interrelate from the perspective of functional anatomy? Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour images and photographs to clearly explain the concepts and asanas, Functional Anatomy of Yoga will assist you in reaching new heights in your yoga practice using the "laboratory" of the body and the tools of yoga asana.
WISDOM CHI KUNG teaches practitioners how to revitalise the brain: to repair function, increase memory and expand capacity. Every day we use up so much of our brain's capacity to function that we have very little left at the end of the day. By thinking or worrying too much, the brain can use up to 80 percent of the body's entire energy reserve. Learning to stop the brain, to empty the mind from the ceaseless chatter of the monkey mind and then recharge it with chi energy can increase our mental capacity, focus, and clarity. Using the Inner Smile meditation technique, practitioners learn how to recharge chi energy for the brain in a form that is most useful. Practitioners smile and empty the mind into the lower tan tien and the organs. The organs then transform this chi energy. When the mind is empty, the energy transformed by the organs is sent back to the brain to revitalize it. This process synchronises the left and right brain by activating and tapping in to the body's energetic potentials. As the mind continues to empty, receive and enhance the transformed chi energy, it is able to open itself to connect with universal chi energies and fill the body with enhanced life force.* Details techniques to increase the level of chi energy in the brain and explains how to synchronise the left and right brain by activating the body's energetic potentials*Shows that by emptying the mind there is more energy to heal the body
Restorative yoga poses for healing your mind and body! Written by instructor Gail Boorstein Grossman, E-RYT 500, CYKT, and published in partnership with Yoga Journal, Restorative Yoga for Life teaches you how to practice restorative yoga--a form of yoga that focuses on physical and mental relaxation through poses aided by props. It's a gentle yet empowering style that helps you de-stress and re-energize. While restorative yoga is beneficial for your entire body, Gail also shows you how to treat more than twenty ailments, such as headaches, digestive issues, and anxiety, through specific yoga poses and sequences. Guided by step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, you will gently ease your way into inner calm and better health with powerful yoga sequences. Whether you're having trouble sleeping, suffering from backaches, or just want to unwind after a busy day, you will find balance throughout your body, soul, and mind with Restorative Yoga for Life.
***As featured in Men's Fitness magazine!***
New Body Plan is your eight-week exercise and eating guide to stripping away body fat fast while also adding lean muscle mass to completely transform your physique and build your best ever body!
Inside the book you'll discover the tried-and-testing training programme and eating plan that helped author Jon Lipsey lose 10kg of fat in just eight weeks, as well as expert tips, advice and insight on how to make every workout more effective. There's also a full guide on how to eat for a bigger, stronger and leaner body with ease, and without giving up your favourite foods.
New Body Plan is the only guide you'll ever need to building the body you've always wanted!
The promise of building a six-pack is found in many places. Results, however, are not. With Core Fitness Solution, those results are finally attainable. With more than 5,000 customizable solutions in this book, you pick the exercises. You decide the workout, the location, the duration and the intensity. Finally, a leaner middle, a stronger core, and the set of abs you've always wanted can be yours. Former editor-in-chief of Men's Fitness, Michael de Medeiros, and "King of Abs," Kendall Wood, have handpicked the most effective exercises to target all areas of your midsection. Crafting your core has never been so simple. "As a professional athlete, I believe wholeheartedly in core fitness. I wish this was available to me during my playing days." - Verron Haynes, former pro football player "As a trainer of many youth athletes that have had national and international success, I have had the opportunity to work with Kendall Wood for a few years. I have witnessed him utilizing these same techniques outlined in this book with noticeable, rapid improvement in strength and conditioning. His instructions are always clear, effective, and within the athlete's ability to execute. This is a great tool to have." - Blane Williams, Head Coach, The Heat Track Club (Marietta, GA) "Core Fitness Solution is an incredibly useful guide for those who want to take their core to the next level." - Nadine Dumas, online transformation coach, www.nadinedumas.com "I have been coaching youth football in metro Atlanta for 17 years. We were lucky enough to have Kendall Wood help develop our 7, 8, and 9 year old football players year round using the techniques and fundamentals taught in Core Fitness Solution. The core strengthening and stretching encouraged body awareness and control in our kids." - Nathan Halbrooks, Acworth (GA) youth football coach "This is the most comprehensive abdominal/core book out there today. Kendall takes core training to another level. The standard has been set, and it's been set high." - Dr. Jeffrey M. Malucci
In Abs on the Ball Colleen Craig, author of the bestselling Pilates on the Ball, reveals why the exercise ball is unmatched as a tool for building superb abdominal strength. Abs on the Ball uses a Pilates approach: a unique exercise method famous for building long, sculpted muscles and a strong back and abdominal core. In this groundbreaking book Craig shows how traditional sit-ups and "ab" machines actually limit the degree to which abdominal muscles can be trained and can even aggravate lower back pain and neck tension. In contrast, the very mobility of the exercise ball targets underutilized muscles, recruiting both deep and superficial abdominal muscle fibers to give rapid results. Abs on the Ball presents a selection of over 100 innovative exercises, including many of the key powerhouse-builders from the Pilates Method adapted specifically to large and small exercise balls, to enhance the Pilates matwork for the beginner or the seasoned athlete. Step-by-step instructions are detailed in more than 250 photographs. The author also offers 15- and 30-minute workouts for all ability levels. These workouts not only build the abdominal core but also strengthen and train deep muscles in order to soothe low-back pain and increase overall body strength, balance, and coordination. Whether you are looking to tighten your abdominals, improve your sports performance, support your lower back, or simply feel strong and toned in your body, the innovative and complete system presented in Abs on the Ball will guide you in reaching your goals--in less time than you imagined. COLLEEN CRAIG is a Certified Stott Pilates Trainer and a writer who developed a unique body conditioning technique by adaptingthe Pilates Method to the exercise ball. She lives in Toronto and teaches workshops throughout the world.
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new edition of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least four thousand years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life. The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, Sri Swami offers practical advice, based on his own experience, for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental, and emotional harmony.
TAI CHI / MARTIAL ARTSTaoist adepts developed tai chi as both a martial art and a way to cultivate the physical body, energy body, and spirit body. Like all Taoist exercises, its main purpose is to form a connection to the basic energy that is the foundation of all life: "chi." Until the beginning of the twentieth century, tai chi was considered a secret practice that was passed down only within a closely knit structure of family and loyal disciples. Despite its widespread growth in popularity as a martial art and health exercise, many of its underlying internal practices remain unknown."The Inner Structure of Tai Chi" explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi. Designed for practitioners at every level, the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for mastering the 13 forms of early Yang-style tai chi, also known as Tai Chi Chi Kung. The authors demonstrate the relationship of the inner structure of tai chi to the absorption, transformation, and circulation of the three forces that animate all life--the Universal force, the Cosmic force, and the Earth force--revealing the principles and practices necessary to receive the full spectrum of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that tai chi can bring.A student of several Taoist masters, MANTAK CHIA founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught tens of thousands of students from all over the world. He tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tai Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training center and the Universal Healing Tao training center in northern Thailand and is the author of twenty-five books, including the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man.JUAN LI is a senior Universal Tao instructor who began his studies with Mantak Chia in 1982 and now presents these teachings throughout Western Europr. He lives in Spain.
The ultimate guide to the yoga profession--at every stage of your teaching career Yoga has helped you, and now you want to share what you've learned. Maybe you've just graduated from yoga teacher training, and you're wondering how to take your next steps. Or perhaps you've been teaching for a while, but you feel unsure about how to get a studio job, develop a workshop, establish clear boundaries with your students, or level up in your career. Wherever you are, The Professional Yoga Teacher's Handbook will help you choose a wise path toward where you want to be. Sage Rountree mines her decades of experience as a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, and studio owner to offer guidance at every turn: Land your first job, and smartly manage your schedule, money, and energy Prepare outside the classroom to ensure that each class is a good one Keep pace with changing Yoga Alliance standards and the expanding world of online teaching React in real time to students' needs (and gently teach studio etiquette) Figure out whether you want to become a full-time teacher, own a studio, take private clients, lead yoga teacher trainings--or all of the above. Throughout, thoughtful prompts encourage you to articulate your principles, vision, and plans. Instead of telling you what to teach, this book will guide you to your own answers--first and foremost, by asking: How can my teaching be of greatest service to my students?
Regain your health, vitality, and independence through this age-old approach to fitness
Whether you're an older adult just beginning to exercise, you're physically weak due to an illness or injury, or you haven't worked out in a while, The American Yoga Association's Easy Does ItŪ Yoga is a safe, easy-to-use guide to renewed physical and emotional wellness.
For thousands of years people have turned to Yoga to enhance their quality of life. Yoga gradually builds physical flexibility and strength, improves concentration, relieves stress, increases energy, and develops the ability to relax at will. Easy Does ItŪ Yoga, a nationally recognized fitness program, adapts traditional Yoga techniques to make them safe and easy for people who may face physical limitations. But, although it is a gentler from of Yoga, it is just as effective as more strenuous fitness programs for getting and staying in shape.
Alice Christensen, founder, of the American Yoga Association, guides you through the program, showing you:
* The basics of Yoga exercising, breathing, and meditation with specific, easy-to-follow illustrations throughout
Regardless of your age or physical condition, The American Yoga Association's Easy Does ItŪ Yoga will inspire you to awaken your body and mind and experience the well-being and fulfillment that Yoga brings.
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