Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners by H . David Coulter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon page There are. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga has ratings and 51 reviews. However, David Coulter (whom I worked with at the International Himalayan Institute for Yoga. The result of an obvious labour of love, the book explains hatha yoga in demystified, David Coulter. Motilal Banarsidass Publ., – Hatha yoga – pages.
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Chapter 1 summarizes general principles of anatomy and physiology as applied to hatha yoga. Breathing is next in chapter 2 because yogic joga expedites movement and posture. Breathing is followed by pelvic and abdominal exercises in chapter 3 because the pelvis and abdomen form the foundation of the body. Standing postures will then be covered in chapter 4 because these poses are cou,ter important for beginning students, and because they provide a preview of backbending, forward bending, and twisting postures, which are covered in detail in chapters 5, 6, and 7.
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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is the only modern authoritative source that correlates the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. Hatha yoga is comprised of stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises in upright, lying down and inverted postures. Yoga teachers and students, personal trainers, medical therapists, or anyone who is curious or troubled about how the bod Anatomy of Hatha Yoga coulteg the only modern authoritative source that correlates the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology.
Yoga teachers and students, personal trainers, medical therapists, or anyone who is curious or troubled about how the body responds to stretching and exercise will find in this book a cornucopia — partly new and partly old — of readable and reliable information. It was written and edited to meet the needs of a general audience largely unschooled in the biomechanical sciences, and yet to attract and challenge the interests of the medical profession.
This book features black and white photographs and more than diagrams and anatomical illustrations. Hardcover1st editionpages. A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Anatomy of Hatha Yogaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Anatomy of Hatha Yoga. Lists with This Book. Jun 21, Kimz Zahour rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a little like reading a stereo manual for fun.
I find both anatomy and Yoga fascinating so it’s a wonderful resource that will give you a thorough understanding of the inner-workings of the human body in many interesting positions. Sometimes you have to put the book down and get into a Yoga pose; think really hard about what you just read May 19, Jer is currently reading it Shelves: Decided to pickup my own copy for reference.
You won’t be reading about chakras in here.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
May 11, Bernie Gourley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What did I like about it? A lot of yoga anatomy books stick exclusively to the musculo-skeletal system.
Sometimes books shift from talking about arteries and veins to nadis and chakras in a manner that can be confusing and counterproductive. Third, the book discusses how postures can be safely varied for individuals with limits, as well as discussing the most advanced expression of postures for more flexible or skilled students.
There must be a downside? In fact, Coulter is careful not only about using anatomical terms, but also avoids reliance on Sanskrit names as well. The book has a large number of graphics that mostly consist of anatomical drawings and photographs of the various versions of the postures. The ten chapters of the book are mostly divided up by classes of posture asana. Chapter 2 is on breathing–both the musculature involved and the physiology of it. The rest of the chapters are on core exercises, standing postures, back bends, forward bends, twists, headstands, shoulder-stands, and meditative postures, respectively.
As I say, I found this book to be tremendously informative. Apr 03, Robyn Okrant rated it it was amazing. A must-have reference book for any hatha yoga teacher. Tough to read cover-to-cover although it’s incredibly informative! I’ve address several students’ questions with it. Apr 04, Marcia DeHaan rated it liked it Recommends it for: I found this book to be a useful manuel for learning specific postures that I have difficulty performing. The author identifies the muscles and joints that are stretched in various poses, and suggests realistic goals for beginners, intermediate, and advanced yoga enthusiasts.
He estimated the amount of time in takes to become more flexible in various poses. The index was excellent. Anatomical illustrations were mostly helpful, and there were pictures of a variety of options for many poses. Some I found this book to be a useful manuel for learning specific postures that I have difficulty performing.
Some of the descriptions of movements were highly technical, and difficult for me to comprehend. Although I have previously taught a high school anatomy and physiology course, I still had to rely on YouTube to finally enlighten me as to what mutation and counter-nutation movements were, for example. Chapters included most of the exercises I have experienced in my yoga class, so I read them completely. The author expounded on the anatomy and fundamentals, as well as the correct techniques and obstacles for numerous standing, back-bending, forward-bending, and twisting postures.
I was not as interested in abdominopelvic exercises, headstands, shoulder-stands, and meditation chapters – which looked like a bit of a slog for a novice like me! Aug 08, Ramona rated it liked it.
A good anatomy book, actually is my first one but I found a little too much technical and in some points was way too much for me, I’m an intermediate level yoga student and maybe with the fact that actually I never took part on a teacher training camp was way too much detailed for me, at my level, even I have been doing yoga for 5 years, and I think is too much for beginners, I don’t recommend it for them, but this is my personal opinion! Just for this I give a 3 Stars.
Nov 18, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: Not a book I sat down and read page to page, but I believe a necessary book for yoga teachers to refer to and use to freshen up knowledge of any hatha training and if you teach under the umbrella of hatha.
This will be a great reference to me in my own practice of yoga and as I become a teacher. I will be going back to it again and again. So much detail, so interesting, and great illustrations!
Mar 03, Deanna rated it really liked it. Coulter calls it hatha yoga only, but in order to practice all branches of the yoga tree, hatha yoga is the branch that coluter it all together and makes it possible to practice all aspects of yoga. I readily admit I haven’t read the book in it’s entirety, but that’s because it is the most in depth description of anatomy, w Not light reading! I readily admit I haven’t read the book in it’s entirety, but that’s because it is the most in depth description of anatomy, what happens to that anatomy physiologically as well during a yogasana, discusses various coultr conditions and how to work within your goga and which asanas to focus on if you are rehabilitating yourself, or just for cavid improvement.
This book is not exactly a page turner, but it is definitely my most used reference book for understanding the body, how hatha yoga can strengthen your anatomical functions and keeps all those feel good hormones and chemicals healthy and busy. Great book to coultee on your shelf, especially in combination with the “Anatomy Colouring Book”.
As a teacher, I find it super helpful when explaining an asana and what’s happening anatomically. As a student, a practitioner, and one of the lucky ones with chronic, mystery diseases, this is my go to book when working on specific areas of pain, such as my sacral lumbar and coccyx areas.
Knowing the anatomy of yogw yoga gives you the advantage of being able to visualize what’s happening to the body during asanas. And as most folks now know, if you can visualize what you want in any area of your life, you ckulter far more likely to get what you want.
The Anatomy of Hatha Yoga : A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
There is just too much in this book for an in-depth review, complete with substantiated examples and quotes. The human body, as with most mammals, has too many davvid to attempt even just a skeletal outline in a mere page.
Just get the book! Oh, and get thyself to a yoga class! Aug 16, Vesna rated it it was amazing. This book is like a diamond found at the junk yard of superficial “oh-so-spiritual” New Age literature. The book is written in a highly professional and ygoa way.
We become familiar with each pose very deeply, down to each muscle, each bone and tendon used. The author explains connections between all anatomical structures and how they affect body systems and overall health of a person. The instructions are so detailed that you sometimes dafid lost and need to read them over and over again beca This book is like a diamond found at the junk yard of superficial “oh-so-spiritual” New Age literature.
The instructions are so detailed that you sometimes get lost and need to read them over and over again because they are filled with anatomical terms taught at medical school. This is not a book that can be read and anatony in a week. It will take months or even years to go through all the poses and learn to execute them correctly. I wish there was a video series where everything would be shown practically.
The book is great, but describing exercise on paper often gets too abstract. Overall, I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in yoga and wants to gain all the physical benefits from doing it properly! I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I understand so much more about how my body functions in terms of movement and its many systems.