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Yoga Guide

Here at Human Kinetics, we have a book for every type of yogi. Are you a fierce and flexible yoga practitioner trying to sharpen your skills? Are you a yoga teacher seeking fresh ideas for your next class? Are you an active athlete looking to mix up your fitness routine? We've gathered a small collection of yoga books and ebooks that will guide you on your joyous yoga journey. These books are also great gifts for the yoga enthusiasts in your life.

Best Seller

Yoga Anatomy, Third Edition

Yoga Anatomy, Third Edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

With more full-color anatomical illustrations and in-depth information, the third edition of Yoga Anatomy provides you with a deeper understanding of yoga and of the structures and principles underlying each movement whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing or teaching for years.

From breathing to standing poses to inversions, see how specific muscles respond to the movements of the joints, how alterations of a pose can change its effect, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked.

Print * eBook * Spiral-bound

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For The Yoga Practitioner

The great thing about yoga is it's an exercise for everyone! Advanced yogis and yoga novices can achieve amazing benefits from adapting a daily yoga practice, or by adding yoga techniques to their regular fitness routine.

Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy by Desi Bartlett

Feel confident and capable as a mom-to-be with Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy: A Yoga and Fitness Plan. Desi Bartlett, founder of the Mothers Into Living Fit program, guides you through your pregnancy with 100 exercises and yoga poses and 16 ready-to-use practices. You will feel great in your own body, have the strength to deliver your baby, and recover quickly.

Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy combines yoga, resistance training, cardiovascular training, and nutrition. The emphasis on yoga improves posture, increases flexibility, and relieves low back pain and tension throughout your body.

Reviews from the experts:
"It is not an exaggeration to say that Desi Bartlett is my role model. She's one of those women who seems to have it all together—her family, her kids, her attitude, her body. Yet she's relentlessly positive and will do anything to uplift the people around her. Desi's secret to success is her yoga practice. In Your Strong Sexy Pregnancy: A Yoga and Fitness Plan, you get Desi's fitness plan to give you the tools to thrive during pregnancy. Desi offers advice that is accessible, yoga sequences for every body, and the practical kind of information that is road-tested—or, well, mat-tested. Become your own best role model by following Desi's yoga and fitness plan for better health and vitality for pregnancy and beyond.
Felicia Tomasko, RN, Editor in Chief of LA Yoga and Boston Yoga, and President of Bliss Network

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Power Yoga by Leah Cullis

Expand your energy and raise your sense of personal power with Power Yoga. This athletic and dynamic style of yoga delivers high intensity and quick results. Dozens of warm-up, power, peak, and cool-down poses are presented in full color, and adaptations to modify or intensify each pose allow you to customize your practice. Sequences ranging from 5 to 60 minutes—including sport-specific sequences—offer options that match your goals and lifestyle, and the 28-day plan can be adjusted into a plan that works for you.

Reviews from the experts:
"Leah Cullis is a dynamic and passionate yoga teacher! In her book, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, she shines a light on the profound healing that takes place when one is committed to a daily practice. A must-read for teachers and students!"
Jonny Kest, Master Yogi, Founder of Center for Yoga in Detroit

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A Journey Into Yin Yoga by Travis Eliot

Join world-renowned yoga instructor Travis Eliot as he guides you through the practice of yin yoga, a passive approach in which poses are held for a few minutes to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
Eliot also explains eight breathing techniques and eight meditation practices for improved focus, reduced stress, and enhanced clarity. Ten ready-to-use sequences allow you to target specific goals, including better sleep, spine flexibility, and healthy hips, knees, and shoulders. A Journey Into Yin Yoga presents over 50 yin yoga poses with stunning photos and detailed instruction, along with inspiring quotes, stories, and interviews from celebrities, doctors, and athletes.

Reviews from the experts:
"Travis Eliot's A Journey Into Yin Yoga elevates the science and practice of yin to a new level. Increased information demonstrating the importance of vagus nerve stimulation in controlling inflammation and lowering stress levels makes this a vital book for our times. Whether you are a regular practitioner of yoga, run marathons, do both, or are a couch potato, the information and poses in the book are accessible to you and are a must have for a healthy life!"
Marilyn A. Solsky, MD, Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology

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Fusion Workouts by Helen Vanderburg

Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre, combines four disciplines that will help you gain strength, muscle definition, flexibility, balance, and overall mind–body health.

Fusion Workouts guides you through a five-step system accounting for your fitness level, goals, time available, activity preferences, and more. Then select from 15 ready-to-follow workouts, or mix it up and create your own. You'll find more than 100 exercises and poses along with easy-to-follow guidelines for sequencing them for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, and enjoyment.

Reviews from the experts:
"Helen Vanderburg is one of the world's leading fitness instructors and educators and has turned her lifelong passion for health and fitness into creating a fitness program that works for all ages and fitness levels. Fusion Workouts is simple to follow and highly effective, combining the best of fitness, Pilates, yoga, and barre into dozens of sequences. It's a must-have for a fun, practical, and easy-to-use workout program."
Jay Blahnik, Author of Full-Body Flexibility and Fitness Instructor of the Year for IDEA, canfitpro, and FILEX

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Beth Shaw's YogaFit, Third Edition by Beth Shaw

Written by Beth Shaw, an internationally renowned expert on fitness and yoga, this book presents more than 100 YogaFit poses organized into workout routines that you can use every day. The text includes information on using YogaFit as a training tool for sports and creating personalized routines. The full-color photo sequences and step-by-step instruction make it more accessible than ever!

Join the more than 250,000 trained YogaFit instructors and the millions of people who have already tried Beth Shaw's YogaFit and proved that it works. You'll get results in a few weeks—and benefits that last a lifetime.

Reviews from the experts:
"Beth Shaw's YogaFit strikes the perfect balance for both novice and experienced yogis alike. At the foundation is the notion that YogaFit is for everyone, which resonates with anyone who believes in self-acceptance and inclusivity. For those unaccustomed to yoga, they will soon see that YogaFit is a modern take on an age-old practice for flexibility, strength, and power for the mind, body, and spirit."
Rod Macdonald, Vice President canfitpro and Editor in Chief of canfitpro magazine

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For The Yoga Teacher

The best teachers never stop learning! Whether you're looking for lesson plans, teaching tips, or simply exploring the rich tradition of yoga, there's a book for you. Need some continuing education credits? We have online courses and CE exams approved by a several certifying organization.

Motivational Yoga by Nancy Gerstein

Yoga teachers have a responsibility to keep classes fresh and challenging to help students discover their potential. Motivational Yoga simplifies that task with 100 easy-to-follow lesson plans that vary in length. The lessons progress from basic yoga asana and pranayama lessons to more advanced material such as mindfulness and meditation.

For ease of planning and organization, each lesson follows a five-part outline: the intention provides the focus for the day's yoga class; the lesson (script) embodies the essence of the day's teaching; the Asanas for Deepening section illustrates the lesson; the Motivation Off the Mat section presents suggestions, homework assignments, and reminders for practicing the yoga teachings outside of the classroom; Teacher Tips and Wise Words offer advice for fine-tuning sequences and proverbs that convey a specific thought or feeling for the lesson. In addition, five full-length workshop lesson plans help you expand your teaching.

Reviews from the experts:
"A must-have for every yoga teacher. As yoga teachers, we are not here to guide movement so much as to inspire healthy living. This book is a yoga toolbox, packed with pearls of wisdom that can be shared with all yoga populations. I have never come across a more comprehensive, yet user-friendly, resource for yoga. Highly recommend to teachers and students alike."
Jenn Bodnar, Editor in Chief of Yoga Digest

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Instructing Hatha Yoga, Second Edition by Diane Ambrosini

Featuring detailed instructions on teaching 68 yoga poses and more than 200 photos showing the postures, Instructing Hatha Yoga, Second Edition covers all aspects of hatha yoga instruction. The text emphasizes simple cues for bringing students into proper alignment and deeper mental focus and offers detailed instructions for making hands-on modifications of yoga poses. The book highlights creating a safe and comfortable learning environment, structuring a class, teaching pranayama, and handling personal integrity and ethics.

Instructing Hatha Yoga includes 75 video clips that demonstrate yoga poses and modifications and an online teacher resource with self-inquiry questionnaire, class evaluation, chapter review questions, and other printable instructional resources.

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Adaptive Yoga by Ingrid Yang and Kyle Fahey

Adaptive Yoga empowers yoga teachers, physical therapists, and individuals with disabilities to learn to create an effective and safe yoga practice for chronic health conditions such as low back pain; hip, knee, and rheumatoid arthritis; spinal cord injury; stroke; cerebral palsy; lower limb amputation; Parkinson's disease; and multiple sclerosis. You'll learn how to enter, hold, and exit poses safely and learn why a pose is beneficial for certain conditions. Contraindications, challenge variations, and restorative modifications allow for individualization to meet specific needs so individuals can move with more ease, less pain, and manage anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Reviews from the experts:
"Adaptive Yoga is a well-thought-out introduction to yoga posture variations to help both yoga professionals and health care providers serve wider audiences. The book is an important bridge that will allow many more individuals to safely access the important health benefits of yoga asana practice."
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, National Yoga Safety Expert, Past President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Board Member of Accessible Yoga

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Teaching Power Yoga for Sports by Gwen Lawrence

Teaching Power Yoga for Sports prepares you to develop and teach yoga programs that are directly relatable to specific sports and player positions. For each sport, you'll find the top five poses that most closely mimic that sport's movements, along with images that compare each pose to an athlete in action.

Author Gwen Lawrence shares her approach, developed through years of work with sports' top professional teams. She considers the athlete's training cycle, the position they play, and common movements and injuries in the sport.

Reviews from the experts:
"Since coming to the New York Giants, working with Gwen Lawrence has been a great addition for me in my training and recovery routines. Her yoga sessions allow me to set aside time to focus solely on improving flexibility, strength, and power-through movements designed perfectly for football players."
Ryan Nassib, Former Quarterback for the New York Giants

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Rocket Yoga: Your Guide to Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa by David C. Kyle

Rocket® Yoga: Your Guide to Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa guides you through nine activities to prepare you for practice before exploring over 90 poses with detailed instructions and stunning photographs. You'll put the postures to work through six traditional ashtanga series before adding a new dimension to your practice with five Rocket yoga series—each with a targeted focus. With consistent practice, you'll soon reap the rewards of stress relief; improved strength, balance, and flexibility; and increased consciousness.

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Yoga for the Athlete

Quality sport performances are accomplished by athletes with superior strength, mobility, and agility. Use yoga to enhance your performance before and after the big game.

Yoga for Athletes by Ryanne Cunningham

From the gridiron to the hard court, today's top athletes know the benefits of yoga. Author and instructor Ryanne Cunningham has worked with some of the top names in sports. She's helped keep some of the toughest NFL players on the field, and top endurance athletes run longer and stronger.

Yoga for Athletes is designed for every athlete, from weekend enthusiast to professional. Using demonstrations of the physical poses, breathing, and guided visualization, you'll improve performance, reduce the risk of injury, and maximize training results.

Reviews from the experts:
"I was intimidated by yoga because I felt that I wasn't flexible enough after a major ankle injury. Ryanne taught me about the connections between the mind and body, and her visualization and meditation techniques helped me boost my performance on and off the court. I will continue to practice and use those elements long after my athletic career ends."
Keifer Sykes, Austin Spurs, NBA Development League

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Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle by Kristen Butera and Staffan Elgelid

Yoga's appeal is as varied as those who practice it. Regardless of your activity level and fitness background, yoga is truly for you.

Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle will help you see your daily activities in a new light by giving you a new understanding of movement. Whether playing sports or exercising for fitness, you'll recognize your movement and identify the poses to make them more efficient. With detailed instructions and photos, you'll be guided through the exercises, breathing, and visualization techniques to improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Reviews from the experts:
"If you are looking for a recipe for that specific ache or ailment, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking to enliven and keep fresh your long-term yoga practice, then dive deep into this unique trove of insights. The authors draw from their varied experiences and expertise to share many ways of sustaining a robust yoga program that addresses your whole person. Many of the strategies won't be found in other "yoga" books, but are consistent with what yoga has to offer in our modern lifestyle. The strategies are also beautifully simple in design, but powerful in effect. An alternative title could well have been "Yoga to Avoid Therapy in Your Active Lifestyle."
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, Author and researcher, Past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Director of Smart Safe Yoga

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Yoga for Runners, Second Edition by Christine Felstead

Let Yoga for Runners show you how to incorporate yoga and breathing techniques into your workouts, help you eliminate chronic aches and pains, and keep you running stronger and longer. Each of the yoga poses—selected especially for runners—is described in detail to ensure correct execution and improve your strength, mobility, and flexibility. Thirteen yoga sequences focus on areas of concern such as core stability, increasing mobility of the hip joint, and speeding up the recovery process after a run. Plus, breathing and mindfulness techniques help you become more alert to the signs of a possible injury developing.

Reviews from the experts:
"Yoga for Runners empowers you with information on the very nature of yoga and how it works to achieve muscle balance in runners."
Beth Agro, iRun Magazine

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