By H. David Coulter
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is the single glossy authoritative resource that correlates the research of hatha yoga with anatomy and body structure. Hatha yoga is constructed from stretching, strengthening and respiring workouts in upright, mendacity down and inverted postures. Yoga lecturers and scholars, own running shoes, clinical therapists, or somebody who's curious or afflicted approximately how the physique responds to stretching and workout will locate during this booklet a cornucopia -- in part new and partially outdated -- of readable and trustworthy info. It was once written and edited to satisfy the wishes of a common viewers principally unschooled within the biomechanical sciences, and but to draw and problem the pursuits of the scientific occupation. This ebook gains 230 black and white images and greater than one hundred twenty diagrams and anatomical illustrations.
Chapter 1 summarizes common ideas of anatomy and body structure as utilized to hatha yoga. respiring is subsequent in bankruptcy 2 simply because yogic respiring expedites flow and posture. respiring is by means of pelvic and belly routines in bankruptcy three as the pelvis and stomach shape the basis of the physique. status postures will then be coated in bankruptcy four simply because those poses are so very important for starting scholars, and since they supply a preview of backbending, ahead bending, and twisting postures, that are lined intimately in chapters five, 6, and seven. The headstand and shoulderstand, together with an advent to cardiovascular functionality, are offered in chapters eight and nine. Postures for leisure and meditation are handled final in bankruptcy 10.
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This notion of a ‘cultural field’ is central and crucial to this cultural sociological theory about yoga. The following sentence is complex but decisive for this book: The shape and transformations of both yoga practice (the referent) and the meaning (usevalue) of this practice is defined by (1) the dynamic competition between groups and individuals within the yoga cultural field and (2) this cultural field’s interaction with the rest of society. This is where symbolic value enters and become significant.
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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners by H. David Coulter