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See inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.From breathing to standing poses, see how each muscle is used, how slight alterations of a pose can enhance or reduSee inside every yoga pose! With clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings, Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself.From breathing to standing poses, see how each muscle is used, how slight alterations of a pose can enhance or reduce effectiveness, and how the spine, breathing, and body position are all fundamentally linked. Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been practicing yoga for years, Yoga Anatomy will be an invaluable resource-one that allows you to see each movement in an entirely new light.Leslie Kaminoff is a recognized expert and teacher in anatomy, breathing, and bodywork. He is the founder of the Breathing Project, New York City's premiere yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga practice and therapy....

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Yoga Anatomy Reviews

  • Jenny G
    2019-02-24 04:21

    I can barely begin to describe how happy this book makes me.My mom was a nurse, and I spent hours of my childhood pouring over her Anatomy books.So to find a book of see-through people doing my other favorite thing, yoga?To integrate these drawings and visualize what my body is doing as I strike a pose?Hot damn! Why, that's better than peanut butter and chocolate!or chocolate and potato chips! or anything with caramel!I will die happy and limber.

  • Tami
    2019-03-26 05:34

    I guess I’m one of those people that likes to understand the how and why of everything I do. Therefore, whenever I workout, I find myself wondering about the purpose of each particular exercise. Am I actually working, strengthen, or stretching my muscles in a way that is beneficial to my body or am I just wasting my time? Am I doing the exercises correctly or am I setting myself up for an injury? Perhaps that’s why I love the Anatomy series from Human Kinetics. They have a number of different books that take a deeper look at Stretch Training, Stretching, and Yoga exercises. Yoga Anatomy has full coloured pictures of the body for a wide variety of movements: breathing, standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, supine poses, prone poses, and arm support poses. These pictures show which muscles are in use during a particular motion. Extra information is then included about which joints are involved and which muscles are lengthening and working during the process. Each entry also notes proper breathing as well as information on any challenges associated with the pose. In this way, there is no guess work involved. I know exactly what each posture is meant to do, which muscles I’ll be working, and how to prevent injuries. I can then take full responsibility for my health and fitness.

  • Yuki koj
    2019-02-26 03:47

    For a yoga anatomy book, I expected to learn proper alignment and details of challenges to getting into the poses. Instead, I found the book just listing muscles that are involved in the pose with the diagram. I was not impressed.

  • Victoria Klein
    2019-03-26 01:36

    (Worth noting: this review is based on the reading from the 1st edition of this book. Kaminoff recently released a 2nd updated version with expanded introductory chapters that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet.)This is a spectacular book – if you already know a hefty amount of anatomy. If your knowledge on anatomy is slim, this is still an exceptionally useful book, but it can also be overwhelming.Anatomy pro or no, the introductory chapters set a wonderful foundation for understanding two very important elements of the body & their vital impact in Yoga poses: the breath & the spine. Those 2 elements are revisited in nearly every pose covered in the book. If nothing else, all Yoga practitioners should read this book to get an intelligent foundation on what’s really happening in Yoga postures.Another useful element of this book: each pose is presented with its original Sanskrit name & English translation. Take your practice to the next level by learning the how to pronounce the Sanskrit names, thanks to the phonetic pronunciations also given. This may sound a big hippy-dippy, but you really do feel a pose differently when you refer to & think of it by its Sanskrit name.Whether a Yoga teacher, teacher-in-training, or a humble Yoga practitioner, this is a worthwhile book to have on your bookshelf. Even though the anatomical terminology can be overwhelming, the introductory chapters, Sanskrit pronunciations, and alignment & breathing notes for each posture make this book very valuable … even if you don’t know what adduction & abduction are.P.S. Adduction means to move and/or rotate something toward the center of your body/midline (adding something to the center – easy way to remember it) & abduction means to move and/or rotate something away from the center of your body/midline.

  • Starla
    2019-02-25 02:45

    I love trying to say all the names Sanskrit. And then remenbering how to say them later in the studio :)

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-02 04:48

    I think this is more useful as a reference book than as a book that one would read straight through. I found the introductory chapters really hard to get into. They just didn't interest me. However, the sections on the individual poses are really great and I would imagine that anyone going through teacher training would want to have a copy of this on hand to refer to when learning to teach/cue/adjust any of the postures. It's worth having a copy of this book for that alone.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-01 01:27

    Meh. Felt that there were iffy scientific principles being espoused. Very detailed in their descriptions of the muscles and joints actions for each posture. But also a bit too much detail to the point where it was unnecessary and not valuable. Limited number of postures covered.

  • Carola
    2019-03-14 04:34

    Muy informativo e ilustrativo. Yoga + anatomía = conocimiento a poner en práctica. Gracias a este libro, los amantes del yoga podrán mejorar sus posturas, respiración y prevenir ciertas lesiones.Algunas anotaciones: 1. "The ancient yogis held the view that we actually possess three bodies: physical, astral, and causal. From this perspective, yoga anatomy is the study of the subtle currents of energy that move through the layers, or “sheaths,” of those three bodies".2. "This observation that living things take in nutrients provides a good basis for understanding the term prana, which refers to what nourishes a living thing. Prana refers not only to what is brought in as nourishment but also to the action that brings it in (...). The yogic concept that complements prana is apana, which refers to what is eliminated by a living thing as well as the action of elimination. These two fundamental yogic terms—prana and apana—describe the essential activities of life. Successful function, of course, expresses itself in a particular form. Certain conditions have to exist in a cell for nutrition (prana) to enter and waste (apana) to exit".3. "(...) the moment you’re born, you’re confronted by two forces that were not present in utero: breath and gravity. To thrive, you need to reconcile those forces for as long as you draw breath on this planet. The practice of yoga can be seen as a way of consciously exploring the relationship between breath and posture, so it’s clear that yoga can help you to deal with this fundamental challenge. To use the language of yoga, life on this planet requires an integrated relationship between breath (prana/apana) and posture (sthira/sukha). When things go wrong with one, by definition they go wrong with the other".4. "Breathing—the passage of air into and out of the lungs—is movement, one of the fundamental activities of living things". Claramente, lo hacemos siempre mal y nos olvidamos cuán importante es. No solo nos da vida, nos da calma,paz y plenitud.5. "The Bandhas. All three diaphragms (pelvic, respiratory, and vocal) plus ujjayi come together in yoga movements that are coordinated with inhaling and exhaling. In addition to giving more length and texture to the breath, the “valve” of ujjayi creates a kind of back pressure throughout the abdominal and thoracic cavities that can protect the spine during the long, slow flexion and extension movements that occur in vinyasas such as the sun salutations. In yogic terms, these actions of the diaphragms (bandhas) create more sthira (stability) in the body, protecting it from injury by redistributing mechanical stress. An additional effect of moving the body through this resistance is the creation of heat in the system, which can be used in many beneficial ways. These practices are referred to as brahmana, which implies heat, expansion, and the development of power and strength as well as the ability to withstand stress. Brahmana is also associated with inhaling, nourishment, prana, and the chest region. When relaxing the body in the more supported, horizontal, restorative practices, remember to release the bandhas and glottal constrictions that are associated with vertical postural support (...). Because the ultimate goal of yoga breath training is to free up the system from habitual, dysfunctional restrictions, the first thing you need to do is free yourself from the idea that there’s a single right way to breathe".6. "Look at an asanas as a process rather than as a final product".

  • T.L. Cooper
    2019-03-03 01:22

    Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff discusses yoga's effect on the body and the body's effect on yoga. Kaminoff starts by explaining the dynamics of breathing and of yoga breath. This section alone is worth the cost of the book! I noticed an immediate improvement in my breathing during yoga poses and therefore an improvement in the poses after reading the section on breathing. Yoga Anatomy then goes on to show yoga poses from an anatomical view highlighting the parts of the body that should be working and/or that are affected by the pose. The yoga name and a translation for each pose is provided. Each pose is classified and given a level. The joints that are active, the work the body is doing, the muscles being lengthened, the obstacles for each pose, notes to help with the pose, and breathing are all discussed in relationship to each pose. There are moments when the descriptions for the poses have so much in common, the reader feels a sense of de ja vu while reading. I even felt like there were times when I wasn't actually internalizing what I was reading until I was moving into a pose the next day or even a few days later and would suddenly remember reading about the pose and realize why the pose hadn't been working for me and how to correct my stance, my breathing, or my focus. Yoga Anatomy is easy to read and understand, but a reader should be prepared to take some time, especially if the goal is to use the book to improve one's yoga practice. I read it a little at a time over several months in order to internalize what I read about each pose. Yoga Anatomy is a great book for anyone interested in practicing yoga or for anyone who practices yoga but struggles from time to time with a pose or yoga breath. Yoga Anatomy has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf as a reference book! After all, it's already proven beneficial to my yoga practice.

  • Tara Tierney
    2019-03-08 03:43

    This was assigned to me as a required resource for Shala, and I credit it for my passing of instructor training today! :) The breadth & depth of the material is amazing. It reflects so much care, work and attentiveness to detail. It really is anatomy for yogis. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely crystal clear (the amazing artist, Sharon Ellis, is a medical illustrator). The drawings show exactly what your muscles and bones are doing in each pose. The coolest part is that we get to see some of these poses from interesting angles - not just the side view and front view - but also from the bottom and top, which really adds a lot. For example, imagine seeing "Bakasana" (Crane Pose) from underneath! You can see the Serratus Anterior and Iliacus at work - two things that may be difficult to view in traditional yoga anatomy books. Anyone who is a serious student or teacher of yoga should own this book.

  • Monica
    2019-02-24 03:26

    A definite must read (and study) for any and all yoga teachers, even more so if you have taken only a weekend yoga course. This is meant to show you what muscles are engaged and when, plus how the breath affects the musculature and the bones. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST in every yoga teacher's library.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-08 04:46

    Wonderfully illustrated guide of many basic and advanced asanas. The illustrations portray the skeletal and muscular detail of the poses, and provide a great tool for personal practice.

  • Èlia Viader
    2019-03-03 03:46

    Great book of yoga anatomy with great draws and information.

  • Anisa
    2019-03-07 06:37

    Love it if you do yoga, it gives a good explanation of the poses and their inner workings.

  • MonicaEmme
    2019-03-17 01:48

    La struttura del libro si divide in due parti. La prima parte teorica è composta da quattro capitoli in cui si parla della respirazione, della colonna vertebrale, dell'apparato scheletrico, dell'apparato muscolare. La seconda parte del libro invece riguarda la pratica dello yoga e quindi delle asana. Tutto ciò è arricchito da immagini strepitose (28€ di libro, ci mancherebbe anche che non fossero eccezionali! 😒) che evidenziano i muscoli interessati nelle posizioni.Questo è il mio ottavo anno di pratica yoga ed, essendo una persona curiosa, ne ho provati di tantissimi tipi. Yoga nidra, hatha yoga, vinyasa, acroyoga, e così via. Non sono una neofita, neppure un' insegnante, ma ne so. Ho sempre guardato un po' di sbieco gli insegnanti americani che mi fanno sempre un' idea di marketing estremo più che di cura di se stessi. Devo dire, però, che questo libro è stato per certi versi illuminante. Il punto di partenza e la definizione di yoga di è l'integrazione di mente, respiro e corpo. E fin qui ci siamo. Poi, però, le spiegazioni non sono proprio così immediate. Nonostante io conosca i termini in sanscrito che spesso usa a volte è davvero molto tecnico e mi sono dovuta concentrare parecchio per cogliere il senso. È un libro decisamente di approfondimento e direi anche di studio. Per quanto mi riguarda sono vere e proprie pagine da consultare costantemente.

  • Charles
    2019-03-01 05:26

    A really superb support book for understanding details of yoga anatomy. Although my 200 RYT course assigned the Ray Long books on yoga anatomy and muscles, I was glad to have the Kaminoff book as a solid reference since he does a masterful job of providing clear explanations of dynamics of breathing (ch 1), yoga and the spine (ch 2), skeletal and muscular systems (chs 3 -4), and then detailed discussion and illustration of asanas in the different categories of standing, seated, kneeling, supine and prone (chs 5-10) as well as arm support poses (ch 11). The indexes, on asanas, joints and muscles, are also very helpful.

  • Norma
    2019-03-11 02:42

    Purchased through Barnes & Noble I found this book to be a wonderful reference book for those seeking a better understanding of what is going on in the body when achieving different poses and the proper use of breath. I wouldn't advise this book to be anything read straight though in one sitting; it really is something to look back on as you advance in your own personal yoga practice.

  • Morgan
    2019-02-26 02:46

    One of yoga’s better anatomy manuals, Kaminoff offers enough key poses and variations to give asana practices a handle on what’s happening. Each pose provides a few pictures with detailed explanations of which muscles are working, which are stretching, what each joint is doing, and how to surmount common obstacles. I use this in tandem with Blandine Calais-Germain’s “Anatomy if Movement” when I want a deeper understanding of the practice and how to teach it.

  • Amber
    2019-03-13 06:47

    Required for yoga teacher training, I was really excited for this. I find myself more interested in anatomy the older I get. I think lots of years of running has also encouraged the interest. I found this book really informative, but feel the first few chapters could use another edit. Some of the passages are so poorly arranged, they barely make sense. The chapters on the poses are excellent, which makes up for the first chapters.

  • Hannah Barkey
    2019-03-07 04:20

    Super helpful for my practice! I'm not well versed in anatomy, so I had to read this book with my computer by my side, searching terms I didn't know and seeking out extra information when I was curious; this made for a slow read, but it was worth it. This is a great handbook to have around for anyone who practices yoga.

  • Shayla
    2019-03-07 03:31

    This book helps me to really be more conscious of my movements and breathing and it helps me figure out which positions are going to be good for me. The way it is divided gives me a broader sense of how to schedule my practice and which asanas I will be practicing.

  • Jolie Scott
    2019-03-24 07:39

    If you're interested in understanding what happens inside your body during yoga postures, then this book is perfect! I learned so much about proper alignment, breathing within postures, and what muscles are used during different postures.

  • Nicholas Totin
    2019-02-24 01:38

    I use this book in my personal yoga practice and also in planning classes as a yoga instructor. It's a well-placed intersection between the anatomical aspects of yoga and how understanding the body can help get a better result spiritually and emotionally during the practice.

  • Chai
    2019-03-22 08:43

    I didn't get all the way through it and I will probably come back to it. But it's a very useful introduction to yoga anatomy.

  • Stephanie Spence
    2019-02-26 02:47

    This was distributed to each student in my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training class. I give it as a gift to yoga friends who travel for work and want to practice in hotel rooms.

  • Gabby
    2019-03-07 07:22

    Some of the muscles are hard to see... which are working and which are stretching.

  • Dru
    2019-03-06 01:41

    The details about how the body works together while moving into various asanas are fascinating! I only wish the book covered more asanas. It's a book I'll definitely refer to!

  • Vanessa Ellermann
    2019-03-19 03:41

    This is so beautifully illustrated.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-13 05:22

    Fantastic! So helpful for my personal practice as well as my work.

  • Roxanne
    2019-02-23 04:27

    Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy is a fantastic reference and guide to the way the body moves during yoga. The drawings are incredibly detailed and really help to increase understanding of how each pose works. The introductory sections on breathing and the spine are clearly written and really helpful for comprehending how breathing functions and how the spine develops and moves. The remainder of the book is organized by categories of postures: standing, sitting, kneeling, supine, prone, and arm support poses. Each pose gets detailed coverage with at least one drawing, often two or more showing the pose from different angles. For each pose, the text describes relevant joint actions and structures and muscles that are working, lengthening, or stretching, and provides any notes on or significant obstacles to practicing the pose as well as notes on breathing. Common variations on certain key poses are described in detail as well.I started out trying to read this book from start to finish, which was fine in the early chapters on breath and spine, but less fine when I got into the specific postures. Eventually I began to use the book more as it was intended, as an on-the-spot reference guide. The biggest problem I've had with the book is that of vocabulary: I'm just not familiar enough with the names of bodily structures to be able to follow along with some of the text. For example, the text will often go into detail describing how a muscle is stretching, but the drawing won't have those structures labeled. I have a very vague sense that the obturator externus is somewhere in my leg, but telling me that it's lengthening in a seated wide-leg forward fold doesn't help me identify it. I wouldn't expect the drawing for each pose to have every single active muscle labeled, since that could easily become overwhelming, but I could have really benefited from a chart somewhere with all muscles labeled that I could flip to for quick reference. I also had trouble keeping straight exactly what sort of action is occurring with words like "flexion" and "extension", particularly because one part of the body can be flexed while another is extended, and if you add to this my anatomic vocabulary confusion, I have no idea what's going on. Sometimes I would have to perform the pose while I read so I could literally feel what the author was talking about, and that did help. In general, though, the descriptions really lost something for me, which is a shame because the book is very thorough and detailed and I could have really gotten a lot out of it if there had been more help included for less scientific minds. Overall, this is an excellent reference, but I'm going to be looking for another anatomy book to accompany it on my reference shelf.