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Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga

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Mainstream America is finally catching on to what Eastern countries have known for thousands of years--that yoga is not only a great, low-impact way to increase flexibility and reduce stress, it is also useful in healing any number of afflictions, from common aches and pains to chronic diseases and emotional setbacks. In this easy to follow guide for practitioners at all l ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Penguin Books
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Shannon Allstott
Aug 13, 2009 Shannon Allstott rated it it was amazing
We're using this book as our text for my Viniyoga teacher training classes. At first it seemed like an enormous amount of information, but as we utilize it in class I'm finding that it barely scratches the surface. It's a really good basis for learning the basics of Viniyoga (a therapeutic form of hatha yoga).
I had to learn some of the concepts in this book for an upcoming dance training intensive, so I decided to go ahead and read the entire thing.

There's a couple of things I like about this book:
The author is all about encouraging yoga practitioners to modify each posture as needed to accommodate their own body. He spells out how strict adherence to "textbook perfect" form can result in injury, or just a less-efficient practice for your body. He also discusses common "release valves" where postures
Ashley Throw
Mar 11, 2016 Ashley Throw rated it it was amazing
I recommend this people constantly. It's a favorite of mine. It breaks down yoga sequences into something that's easy to understand/follow. There's a yoga practice for anything and everything. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Aug 14, 2012 Audra rated it liked it
Solid information and a decent resource, though there are books that I prefer (Yoga as Medicine being one of them). Too much time on samples and not enough on the theory underneath, even though it discusses extensively how individualized these programs must be. The primary benefit of this book for me was the brief introduction to the different systems of the body, which few other yoga books discuss. I feel more prepared to study A&P deeper with these refresher notes in my notebook.
Wendy Holcombe
This book has a lot of good information. The instructions for the poses and the photos showing them are very good.

The one thing I didn't really like about this book was the use of all the long foreign words for the names of the poses. I like seeing that, but I'd also have like to have seen what we normally call the pose in Englis. When I go to yoga class the instructor doesn't tell us to move into Adho Mukha Svanasana, she says to move into Downward Facing Dog.
Tracy Weber
Sep 03, 2013 Tracy Weber rated it really liked it
This is a mandatory textbook in my yoga teacher training program. I agree with other reviewers that in places it barely scratches the surface, and there are a couple of mistakes that I'm sorry weren't fixed in later editions.

However, as a teacher training reference, it's one of the best.
Nov 15, 2012 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning more about yoga or in the study of yoga therapy
A great resource for understanding the yogic principles and the value to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Gary Kraftsow is my teacher and writes with the depth of knowledge he has learned over 40 years of study.
Used this a few times, there's even a practice specifically for Crohn's, but I've always found yoga from a book less fulfilling, so it ended up stuck in a box for years and now gets to go to someone else, hopefully help them.
Pree Bee
Aug 28, 2015 Pree Bee rated it it was amazing
a good book for teachers who deal with students who have health problems.
a book to keep, and reread, reference, learn and teach from.
mary susan kearney
I'm taking vini yoga so found this book very enlightening. Enjoyed learning about the practice.
Sep 05, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it
it helped deepen my understanding of my own practice
Aug 17, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing
using this one all the time!!!
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