Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga
By Simon Borg-Olivier
Paperback: 440 pages
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Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga is intended to be used by yoga teachers, yoga practitioners and also anyone who uses stretching, strengthening, breathing and other yoga-like exercises as part of their health regime. It can be read on its own as a whole or may be used as a reference text.
This book was designed as the main text for our course YOGA SYNERGY Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Hatha Yoga: Course for Teachers & Students. Our full course is run annually in Sydney from May to August. Shorter forms of the course are run throughout the year in other cities and overseas on the invitation of other yoga schools. This book has evolved from a series of notes we created in India in 1994 to supplement the first year of our course. While attendance at the course is encouraged for those who can do it, this book aims to stand alone and does not require course attendance.
This book and its related course include a study or revision of the basic anatomy and physiology required to understand yoga. but the main emphasis is on the practical or applied aspects of anatomy and physiology theory. In other words, the main purpose of this book is to use an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology to:
- enhance one’s yoga practice
- improve one’s ability to increase strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and inner wellbeing
- minimise the risk of injuries as a result of yoga practice
- help to use hatha yoga to recover from a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions.
Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga has three main components spread throughout the book. The first component is theoretical (non-applied) anatomy and physiology. This information is mainly presented in the first half of each chapter. Those who have already studied basic anatomy and physiology may not need to read these sections fully or may wish to use these sections of the book as a reference only. Although this theoretical information is important and will be new for some readers, it will be revision for other readers, and has therefore, been presented in a slightly smaller font to delineate it from the applied information. Some of the tables and diagrams have been compiled from a variety of difficult-to-access material and are therefore useful references.