The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy
is the definitive guide to the study of yoga anatomy--a perfect companion book for any yoga teacher or practitioner seeking to understand the biomechanics of the body as it applies to yoga practice. The book is visually designed in quick reference format to offer useful information about the main skeletal muscles that are central to yoga, with asanas to demonstrate the particular muscles and muscle groups. Over 230 full color illustrations detail each muscle's origin, insertion, and action in order to clearly reveal how the muscles come into play in the movements and postures of yoga.
Knowledge of yoga anatomy is paramount to the ability to teach or practice with no injury to oneself or others. With this foundation in place, it is possible to focus on the spiritual element of yoga as well as the physical. Yoga is a union of the two, so where appropriate, the more profound side of the practice is mentioned as it relates to the body. The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy
illustrates the form and function of the muscles first, then interlays the muscles into the yoga posture for full understanding in a clear and integrated way, explaining the technique of the asanas, as well as other important aspects of yoga: pranayamas, the bandhas, and chakras.
Table of Contents
About This Book
1 Anatomical Orientation
2 Muscles of Respiration
3 Muscles of the Face and Neck
4 Muscles of the Spine
5 The Deep Core and Pelvic Floor
6 Muscles of the Shoulder and Upper Arm 7 Muscles of the Forearm and Hand
8 Muscles of the Hip
9 Muscles of the Knee
10 Muscles of the Ankle/Foot
Index of Muscles
About the Author
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a professor of kinesiology and dance. She is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a master's degree in dance and education, and received degrees at the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and movement scientist. The author of the strong-selling titles, The Vital Psoas Muscle, and The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga currently teaches interactive movement workshops across the U.S. and sponsors international holistic retreats.