Yoga is more popular now than ever. The benefits are recognized worldwide, and athletes and therapists rely on the practice. Yet its 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.
Comprehensive and accessible, Yoga Therapy demonstrates the most effective poses for mobility, strength, recovery, and balance as well as techniques to aid relaxation and help with stress management.
No matter your age, experience, or desired goal, Yoga Therapy will empower you to create personalized approaches that are as unique as you are and learn how to adapt your practice to your changing needs and goals throughout life.
Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals of Yoga Therapy
Chapter 1: What Is Yoga Therapy?
Chapter 2: Training Movements
Chapter 3: Connecting Brain to Body
Chapter 4: Developing Focus
Part II: Foundations of Practice
Chapter 5: Basic Practices and Props
Chapter 6: Breathing and Relaxation
Chapter 7: Preventing Injury
Part III: Poses for Lifelong Fitness
Chapter 8: Intentions and Connections
Chapter 9: Spinal Movement Poses
Chapter 10: Stability Poses
Chapter 11: Maintaining Fitness and Activity Levels
"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 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
ExcerptsExplore the core in new and interesting ways
Understand the power of breath
Use movement to focus on spinal articulation