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Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga. Vol. 1, The Key Muscles of Yoga; Vol 2, The Key Poses of Yoga.

Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga. Vol. 1, The Key Muscles of Yoga; Vol 2, The Key Poses of Yoga Long, R. A., Bandha Yoga Publications, Lancaster UK. ISBN 13: 978-1-60743-239-5. Email


This book of two volumes presents a unique integration of body and mind in the practice of hatha yoga. The author is an orthopaedic surgeon who has studied yoga for over twenty years, and is the founder of the organization known as Bandha Yoga (readers familiar with either the theory or the practice of yoga will be aware of the role of the bandhas in mediating energy flow in hatha yoga.) Accompanied by three-dimensional illustrations of outstanding accuracy, detail and beauty the text comprehensively sets out the anatomical forces in action throughout the musculoskeletal system when asanas are being performed.

Volume 1 deals with the key muscles in the context of hatha yoga. Illustrated explanations of the origins, insertions, actions and innervations are presented in tandem with their awakening and illuminating roles in the practice of asanas.

Volume 2 illustrates fifty-five key poses of hatha yoga, showing the positions of the major joints and muscles that contract and stretch to create these positions. It is intended to be a visual reference for the practitioner of hatha yoga. The book demonstrates how muscles operate in the various categories of asanas, influencing unconscious physiological responses with conscious biomechanical actions and providing a unique dimension of awareness of muscle groups as they are engaged during the practice of yoga.

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Author:Clarke, Stephen
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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