Ashtanga Yoga for Women

Ashtanga Yoga for Women

Invigorating Mind, Body, and Spirit With Power Yoga

Book - 2003
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Ashtanga Yoga for Women opens with an introduction to this unique form of power yoga and outlines its practice. The book presents the asanas (postures) in the form of a step-by-step guide. It carefully explains how to get into postures and offers some alternatives to each posture.
Next the book looks at the differing effects of yoga on different women at various points in their lives and examines different practices based on age, weight and shape factors. Breath and breathing is addressed in detail since proper breathing technique is vital to the correct practice of Ashtanga yoga and can lead to transformation physically and mentally in terms of stress relief and relaxation.
Other chapters examines how Ashtanga yoga helps a woman develop a greater self-worth and empowers her by putting her in touch with her inner strengths. Ashtanga as an alternative medicine is addressed including detoxify and emotional release, as well as its ability to dispel depression and obsession.
The final chapter explores the spiritual relationship of women and yoga and how the everchanging cycle of the moon links with the teachings of Ashtanga and , in turn, with the cycle of menstruation and ovulation.

Ashtanga Yoga for Women presents the exciting and empowering practice of power yoga in a balanced fashion that addresses the specific needs of female practitioners. It teaches the asanas (postures) and shows how Ashtanga works for women of all different ages, shapes, and weights, allowing each woman to bring prana (life force) into her upper lungs and distribute it throughout her body for better physical and mental health. Although known for its intense workouts, Ashtanga yoga is suitable for everyone, and Ashtanga Yoga for Women presents a variety of popular sequences helpful for addressing everything from stress relief to detoxification. 240 color photos and a full-color, illustrated introduction to Ashtanga are featured.

Book News
With the aid of color photos, two practitioners explain the historical background, benefits, and sequential poses of "power yoga" as they relate to the female life cycle. Appended is information on preventing injuries, healthy eating, and resources. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ulysses Press, 2003
ISBN: 9781569753507
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Clarke, Michaela


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