- Flexibound: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd; 1 edition (3 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 024134123X
- ISBN-13: 978-0241341230
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.1 x 23.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 821 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explore the biomechanics of 30 key yoga poses, in-depth and from every angle, and master each asana with confidence and control.
About the Author
Ann Swanson is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and advocate for self-care, based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Passionate about science, she has taught college anatomy and physiology and holds a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she is now on faculty. Ann specializes in helping people relieve pain with online yoga therapy. She also mentors other yoga teachers and therapists one-on-one online. Ann has a way of making complex scientific ideas of anatomy and therapeutic yoga simple to understand and apply practically.
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That one book on your bookshelf you will reach for again and again...
29 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
My bookshelves are filled with beautifully written and wonderfully informative books on everything yoga. Some would think I have all the books I could ever possibly need or want on the subject of yoga. Not so. I am pretty excited about this new book - Science of Yoga - by Ann Swanson. It's the kind of book that those new to yoga and those who have practiced for years will want to have as a resource - a book they will refer to again and again. The book is brilliantly laid out and very impressive in its scope. Anatomy and physiology has been simplified and broken down to make it user friendly and understandable for virtually anyone. It's fact filled and food for the curious mind. It's the kind of book that can be consumed in bits and pieces but I recommend reading the whole book first so you don't miss any of the great information that this author shares. Anatomy and physiology is just the beginning of this book. It offer's so much more. Pictures clearly showing various asanas/poses in seated, standing, inversions and floor that depict joints, the muscles engaged, muscles engaging while stretching, and the muscles stretching. There's more - there's tips, variations and benefits to each pose...and still again, there's more. A question's and answer's section to guide you into deeper understandings and how to utilize and access the information and research out there. Another section goes over precautions and suggestions for specific health issues. The glossary included is a wonderful addition to this book. Like the rest of the book, it is clear and concise. This will be the book on your bookshelf that you will go back to again and again and again...
The book I’ve been searching for!!!!
6 February 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
As a yoga instructor who doesn’t believe in chakras and stuff, I’ve been looking for a book that explains the benefits of yoga from a scientific standpoint. This book is INCREDIBLE! The information is easy to read and retain. I am so excited about this find and 100% recommend it to anyone who practices, or wants to start practicing, yoga!!!
A must have for all yoga practitioners!
10 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
Anyone who practices yoga needs to own this book! Science of Yoga breaks down the body systems and how yoga benefits each system accompanied by beautifully illustrated anatomy diagrams to show which muscles, joints, etc are being targeted in each pose. This book is essential for seasoned practitioners or those wanting to start their wellness journey with yoga. Highly recommend!!!
Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Science - together in one book!
11 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Ann Swanson's book was required reading in my recent In-Depth Anatomy of Asana class at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Did I need another anatomy book? Apparently, because I am more pleased than ever with this book! The first thumb-thru (full disclosure: I'm a fine quality printing nerd) I was struck by the rich illustrations, nice-to-read matte paper, and the multiple call-outs in the "big picture" and "closer look" information boxes that accompany the text. Beautifully indexed and color coded, the content is SUPER organized and covers both systems anatomy and asana anatomy. It makes yoga anatomy accessible and clear, and brings the latest science of yoga to the fore. As I am a teacher of Advanced Yoga Therapy, I know this book will quickly show signs of much use. In my recent training class, I was able to dive right in to many concepts by using the diagrams and detailed close ups. It helped with discussions on the latest Science of Yoga topics, such as Polyvagal Theory, the effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system, proprioception, and even some of the physiological reasons we should change some of our cues in yoga! So happy to see SCIENCE and YOGA taken together so seriously in this book. Highly recommend to yogis wanting to understand more, yoga teachers wanting to teach more, and yoga teacher training programs wanting to inform yoga students on the advancing science behind yoga.
Elegant explanations, beautiful illustrations, and in-depth research!
26 February 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
This fascinating book combines impressively simple explanations of how yoga impacts your body and how to perform each yoga pose with the in-depth illustrations for which DK books are known. I say “impressively simple” because the author, Ann Swanson, managed to condense a large amount of yoga research and anatomical information into a compact, highly readable format. The book begins with a primer on human anatomy and physiology – there’s a two-page spread on each of the major systems of the body, such as the digestive system and the skeletal system, along with details about how yoga can impact each system. As someone who hasn’t taken an anatomy class in about 18 years, I really appreciated this refresher! Next, there are two-page spreads on each yoga pose, or asana – the asanas are organized into the seated asanas, standing asanas, inversion asanas, and floor asanas. The incredible full-body illustrations of each pose show which muscles are engaged and/or stretched by each pose. As a newcomer to yoga, I especially appreciate the alignment diagram for each pose, which provides detailed instructions on exactly how you should position your body to perform the pose safely and effectively (i.e. forearms should be rotated inward). Speaking of safety, there are variations suggested for most poses to accommodate injuries and preferences. The third part of the book, the Q&A section, covers topics from “Stress,” to “Cautions” (poses to avoid if you have certain medical conditions), to “On the frontiers of science” (a lovely summary of the process of health research and how to evaluate any yoga studies you hear about in the news). Finally, I love that the author included a bibliography, which is organized by chapter – Ann Swanson provides the full citations to the scientific studies she references in the text, so you can easily look up the study yourself if you want more information. Overall, this is a beautifully done book, which I recommend highly to everyone from yoga newbies to yoga teachers!
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