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Physiology of Yoga epub, The

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    While many people practice yoga simply because it helps them feel good, the physiological basis for yoga’s effects on the body and mind is often unknown or misunderstood. Understanding these physiological concepts can help to deepen your yoga practice.

    The Physiology of Yoga separates speculation from fact by examining how the body responds and adapts to yoga within many systems of the body: musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, reproductive, and digestive. Straightforward explanations guide you in sorting through conflicting information about what yoga really can help you achieve and in evaluating whether certain yoga methods provide benefits to any or all of those systems.

    You can experiment with concepts through Try It Yourself sidebars, which focus on mindful movement, meditation, and breathing. The 14 Myth or Fact sidebars explore popular claims about yoga, such as whether a shoulder stand can stimulate the thyroid or if twists can detoxify the liver. You’ll get the most current research to determine the validity of various claims so you can avoid practices that could be harmful or counterproductive and can decide for yourself what works for your practice.

    Finally, experience firsthand how yoga affects your physiology by exploring specific yoga poses and four sequences. Each sequence explains which of the physiological principles from the earlier chapters may be most prevalent in that sequence.

    With The Physiology of Yoga, you or your students can navigate all the conflicting views and opinions about the impact of yoga and learn to practice yoga while fully enjoying the benefits of mindful movement.

    CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Physiology of Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of The Physiology of Yoga With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.


    Yoga teachers in training as well as current yoga instructors and enthusiasts.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Musculoskeletal System
    Tendons, Ligaments, and Aponeuroses
    The Science of Stretching and Flexibility
    Pathologies, Injuries, and Conditions

    Chapter 2. Nervous System
    Cells of the Nervous System
    Central Nervous System
    Peripheral Nervous System
    Nervous System Conditions

    Chapter 3. Respiratory System
    Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System
    The Biomechanics of Quiet Breathing
    All About the Diaphragm
    Forced Exhalation and Inhalation
    Atmospheric Air and Expelled Air
    Good, Wholesome Oxygen?
    Ujjayi Breathing
    Nose Breathing and Mouth Breathing
    The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Pranayama and Slow Breathing
    Pathologies and Conditions of the Respiratory System

    Chapter 4. Cardiovascular System
    Role of the Cardiovascular System in Maintaining Homeostasis
    Resting Heart Rate and Cardiac Output
    Heart Rate Variability
    Blood Pressure
    Cardiovascular Conditions

    Chapter 5. Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    Lymphatic System
    Immune System

    Chapter 6. Endocrine System
    What Is a Hormone?
    Cortisol: The Master Hormone
    Thyroid Hormones
    Endorphins: Our Body’s Morphine

    Chapter 7. Reproductive System
    Female Reproductive System Anatomy
    Female Reproductive System Physiology
    Male Reproductive System
    Reproductive System Conditions

    Chapter 8. Digestive System
    Anatomy and Physiology of the Digestive System
    Diet and the Digestive System
    Pathologies and Gastrointestinal Problems

    Chapter 9. Practice With Confidence
    Strong, Dynamic Practice
    Slow Hatha Practice
    Chair Yoga Practice
    Restorative Yoga Practice


    Andrew McGonigle has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 15 years and teaching yoga since 2009. He teaches anatomy and physiology in many yoga teacher training courses and leads his own international workshops.

    Although McGonigle studied anatomy in great detail during medical school, he learned to look at it from a different angle and create ways to make it relevant to yoga. He enrolled in hands-on dissection classes focused on fascia and spent his spare time rereading anatomy books, listening to podcasts, and talking about anatomy with anyone who would listen.

    McGonigle previously contributed a monthly article to Om Yoga & Lifestyle magazine (“360° Yoga With Doctor Yogi”) and wrote two chapters for Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees. He is also the author of Supporting Yoga Students With Common Injuries and Conditions. McGonigle resides in Los Angeles.

    Matthew Huy (pronounced “hooey”) has been teaching yoga since 2005. He teaches anatomy and physiology in many teacher training courses in addition to providing mentoring and professional development workshops to yoga teachers.

    While studying biology in college, Huy discovered the joy of movement when he enrolled in a dance class and then a yoga class. A few years later, he changed tack and went on to complete a bachelor of arts degree in dance from California State University at Long Beach and completed teacher training courses in yoga, Pilates mat work, TRX, and Thai yoga massage. In 2021, he completed a master of science degree in sport, health, and exercise science at Brunel University at London, where he focused on exercise physiology and pain science. His master’s research centered on the impact of yoga teachers’ language on their students. Huy resides near London in the United Kingdom.

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