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Anatomy Of Hatha Yoga

A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
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Paperback Book
November, 2009
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$41.95 CAD
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This book describes the philosophy and postures of hatha yoga with an objective analysis correlating these postures with biomedicine. Using anatomically precise terminology, the book discusses the effects of hatha yoga on major body systems.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of anatomy and physiology of hatha yoga with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cadiovascular systems. The book exceeds the author’s objectives and fills a void in the literature, bridging biomedicine and complementary medicine. Every yoga teacher, health professional or layperson interested in exploring the anatomical and physiologic aspects of hatha yoga will value this unique publication.

 The author discusses the basic premises of hatha yoga with foundational material accepted in biomedical sciences, expressly avoiding comment on non-physical concepts such as prana and the chakras. All postures are discussed in detail and depicted in colour photographs. Steps in the postures are illustrated as well as terminal points of the positions.

Coulter, who received a PhD in anatomy in 1968, and has taught in numerous contexts since then, has also been a student of yoga since the 1970s. Here he conjoins his two areas of expertise. After discussion of basic premises regarding yoga practice—focusing attention, becoming aware of breath, moving into and out of postures, responding to pain—he discusses movement and posture, breathing, and abdominopelvic exercises, and then explores in detail the various standing, backbending, forward bending, twisting, and inverted postures, as well as relaxation and meditation. In his densely packed explications and descriptions, he variously addresses yoga teachers, yoga students, and medical practitioners.

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A Benjamin Franklin winner for Health Wellness & Nutrition, "Anatomy of Hatha Yoga" remains the most authoritative source correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology.Anatomy of Hatha Yoga now revised and in full four color reproduction, remains the most authoritative source correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. Yoga practitioners, teachers, personal trainers, medical therapists of all kinds, or anyone who is at times curious our troubled about how the body responds to stretching and exercise will find in this book a cornucopia of readable and reliable information.

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