Ashtanga Yoga for Women
By Sally Griffyn, Michaela Clarke
Ashtanga is a dynamic form of yoga that involves a combination of stretch, strength and endurance. Traditionally, ashtanga has been the preserve of men and, until recently, practiced only in India. This situation is changing, however. More and more women are finding that ashtanga has a lot to offer them in terms of an energizing and empowering experience on physical, spiritual and emotional levels. Ashtanga is experienced by each individual in a different way. Although the sequence of postures remains the same, those who practice them meet intensely different challenges. Women who are larger or smaller, who have given birth or not, who are older or younger will all have different experiences of the sequence, but the experiences will always be life-enhancing. With clear photography of the primary series of poses, background information and interviews with yoga practitioners, this text shows how practice of this form of yoga is suitable for everyone.
The Yoga Bible
By Christina Brown
Yoga practice helps individuals to find mental and physical balance. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and should bring about a sense of spiritual and physical well-being, as well as suppleness. This text encourages beginners and experts alike to design a yoga sequence to suit their own personal needs and abilities. Featuring over 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, including Iyengar and Astanga Vinyasa, "The Yoga Bible" provides a comprehensive, illustrated, step-by-step guide to achieving the postures and advice on altering them where necessary - easier postures are highlighted for beginners or the less supple. The book also includes more advanced positions for advanced yogis. The text includes notes on various types of yoga practices as well as a summary of well-known traditional schools of yoga and how they vary. In addition to the wide range of postures, the author includes advice on breathing techniques and the benefits of yoga in healing, pregnancy, de-stressing and meditation.