By John Scott
John Scott is the yoga teacher who helped Madonna sculpt her body to its high level of fitness and toned physique. He is also personal yoga teacher to Sting and Trudi Styler. With this book, Scott introduces the principles of ashtanga yoga to a wider audience. Ashtanga is one of the more dynamic forms of yoga, as powerful an exercise as doing an aerobic class. However, the benefits go far deeper than a fitter body. Ashtanga yoga is a movement meditation, where the breath is the key to focusing the mind, balancing the emotions and strengthening the spirit, while toning the muscles and building stamina. Yoga is also a philosophy and discipline for developing patience, inner strength and heightened concentration. Ashtanga literally means "eight stages" - abstinence, observance, posture, breath control, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and contemplation. The book's sequence of practice sessions provides the foundations which should allow the practitioner to achieve his or her physical and psychological peak. It starts with a simple sequence for beginners, moving on to breath-synchronized "asanas" that massage inner organs to purify the body.The structured course develops the strength, stamina and flexibility, which should provide progressively deeper therapeutic benefits.
Acupressure for Common Ailments
By Chris Jarmey, John Tindall
A self-help guide to using the power of acupressure to alleviate common ailments and boost the immune system. With clear instructions, diagrams and a summary chart to make it easy to locate acupressure points, this is an essential guide for the complete beginner and handy reference for the practising therapist. It includes an introduction to the basic concepts of Oriental medicine. In this book you learn to treat health problems including sinusitis, sore eyes, colds and influenza, indigestion, nausea, menstrual pain, sciatica, anxiety and depression. Also learn to treat ailments from arthritis to asthma.
By Paula Grainger
Increasing numbers of people are suffering from stress, anxiety and fatigue caused by lack of sleep, digital overload and our 24/7 lifestyle. In Adaptogens, Medical Herbalist Paula Grainger provides an answer to this modern-day affliction by introducing us to the group of powerful herbal ingredients known as adaptogens..Adaptogens, such as Ashwagandha, Maca, Korean ginseng, Turmeric, Reishi mushrooms, Liquorice, Rosemary and Rhodiola, have been scientifically proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and prevent adrenal imbalances that can lead to adrenal fatigue and 'burn-out'. Delve into the history and science of these miraculous plants and learn how to maximize wellness using the most easy-to-source adaptogens, incorporating them into your life via delicious smoothies, energy bites and desserts, invigorating teas, tonics and lattes, and wonderful beauty elixirs.