A new study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, examined the effects of an acute yoga exercise session, relative to aerobic exercise, on cognitive performance and came up with some surprising results.
Yoga practitioners were captivated by simple instruction and stunning photography in the best-selling Hatha Yoga Illustrated.
Now, that winning formula has been applied to Hatha Yoga Asanas: Pocket Guide for Personal Practice.
It features full-colour photographs, basic movement cues, the English and Sanskrit names, and difficulty ratings for over 150 poses.
Simple, attractive and convenient, Hatha Yoga Asanas is the one reference every practitioner and instructor should own.
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Normally considered a form of relaxation, competitive yoga may seem like a contradiction in terms, but not it seems for those taking part the recent tenth annual UK National Yoga Asana Championships held in London.
In Bikram yoga, named after its creator, Bikram Choudhury, the temperature is raised to an energy sapping 40˚C, the idea being that a hot and humid environment improves joint relaxation and detoxifies the body through sweating.
For the competition, each entrant was allowed three minutes in which to strike seven postures, of which five were mandatory and two were chosen by the individual.
Developed using Primal Pictures’ award-winning 3D anatomy models and the expertise of a team of experienced yoga instructors, 3D Anatomy for Yoga is a valuable reference and teaching tool for anyone involved in yoga.
This DVD-ROM has a simple and intuitive functionality that allows users to interact with the content and gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy as it relates specifically to yoga.
The 26 asanas covered consist of a mixture of seated and standing poses, many of which are shown in both beginner and classical forms.
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The American College of Sports Medicines’ seventh annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013 has just been published in the journal Health & Fitness.
The list of top twenty trends were formulated from the survey results received from over 3,300 health and fitness professionals from around the world.
Much to the disappointment of Pilates instructors all over the globe, Pilates, stability ball and balance training again failed to appear on the list of top 20 trends in the health and fitness industry, supporting the theory that these were fads and not trends.
According to Daniel DiTuro, author of Hatha Yoga Asanas, the ability to modify postures to meet individual abilities is what sets yoga apart from other physical activities.
“Being flexible enough to plant your forehead on your shins, sit in lotus, or wrap your legs behind your head is not indicative of good yoga practice,” DiTuro explains. “Instead, a sense of calm, contentment and focus in each pose is the true foundation of yoga practice.”
These exercises also help relieve tension, enhance the health of the spine and back and prevent back injury.
Over 600 imagery exercises almost 500 illustrations help readers visualize the exercises and use them to experience the biomechanical and anatomical principles that are crucial to dancers and other performing artists, Yoga and Pilates teachers and practitioners, and athletes.
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These two internationally recognized experts and teachers will challenge and inspire participants to question long-held assumptions about muscle theory, stretching, breathing and mind-body practice.
With more asanas, vinyasas, full-colour 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, you can 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.
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.
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Qigong Illustrated is a step-by-step guide complete with detailed instructions and full-colour photo sequences of the most effective movements, exercises and traditional routines, including Daoist Five, Eight Silk Brocade and Turning and Winding the Belt Vessel.
Centered on the three essential components of qigong (body, mind and breath), Qigong Illustrated’s straightforward, highly visual approach is the quickest and most effective way to experience the physical and mental benefits of each routine, such as improving your posture, strengthening your body, and reducing tension.