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Basic Yoga Postures and Series In a Day For Dummies

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Learn basic yoga postures and series in a day? Easy.Want to start enjoying the benefits of yoga today? The secret's out--you can quickly get up-to-speed on the basics of yoga and begin your workout...
Learn basic yoga postures and series in a day? Easy.Want to start enjoying the benefits of yoga today? The secret's out--you can quickly get up-to-speed on the basics of yoga and begin your workout...
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  • Learn basic yoga postures and series in a day? Easy.

    Want to start enjoying the benefits of yoga today? The secret's out--you can quickly get up-to-speed on the basics of yoga and begin your workout with the help of this fun guide.

    Basic Yoga Postures & Series In A Day For Dummies gives you an easy-to-follow introduction on the essential beginning elements of yoga. It's packed with tips and advice for staying balanced while maintaining proper posture (when sitting or standing) and step-by-step instructions for basic yoga sequences.

    • An overview on the basic philosophy and benefits of Yoga
    • Essential keys to posture, sitting, and standing
    • The mechanics and practice of breathing during Yoga practice
    • A recommended routine for beginners
    • Online component takes you beyond the book with bonus content and features

    Get ready to start reaping the many benefits of this ancient practice with Basic Yoga Postures & Series In A Day For Dummies.

Table of Contents-
  • Introduction 1

    What You Can Do In A Day 1

    Foolish Assumptions 2

    Icons Used in This Book 2

    Chapter 1: The Ins and Outs of Yoga and Breathing 3

    A Brief Introduction to Yoga 4

    Breathing Your Way to Good Health 5

    Taking high-quality breaths 6

    Relaxing with a couple of deep breaths 7

    Practicing safe yogic breathing 7

    Reaping the benefits of yogic breathing 8

    Breathing through your nose (most of the time) 9

    What if I can't breathe through my nose? 9

    How about breathing through my nose all the time? 9

    The Mechanics of Yogic Breathing 10

    Appreciating the complete yogic breath 11

    Belly breathing 11

    Belly-to-chest breathing 12

    Chest-to-belly breathing 13

    Starting out with focus breathing 15

    Realizing the power of a pause 16

    Partners in Yoga: Breath and Postural Movement 16

    Chapter 2: Please, Be Seated 19

    Understanding the Philosophy of Yoga Postures 20

    Looking at the Many Variations of Sitting 21

    Chair-sitting posture 21

    The easy posture: Sukhasana 23

    The thunderbolt posture: Vajrasana 24

    Chapter 3: Standing Tall 27

    Standing Strong 27

    Exercising Your Options 28

    Mountain posture: Tadasana 29

    Standing forward bend: Uttanasana 30

    Triangle posture: Utthita trikonasana 32

    Warrior I: Vira Bhadrasana I 33

    Warrior II: Vira Bhadrasana II 34

    Standing spread-legged forward bend: Prasarita pada uttanasana 36

    Downward-facing dog: Adhomukha shvanasana 37

    Chapter 4: Steady as a Tree: Mastering Balance 39

    Getting to the Roots of the Postures 39

    Balancing Postures for Graceful Strength 40

    Warrior at the wall: Vira Bhadrasana III variation 41

    Balancing cat 42

    The tree posture: Vrikshasana 43

    The karate kid 44

    Standing heel-to-buttock 45

    Chapter 5: Dynamic Posture: The Sun Salutation 47

    Gliding Through the 7-Step Kneeling Salutation 48

    Advancing to the 12-Step Sun Salutation 50

    Chapter 6: A Recommended Beginners' Routine 53

    Starting Off Slowly and Wisely 53

    Trying Out a Fun Beginners' Routine 54

    Corpse posture 54

    Lying arm raise 55

    Knee-to-chest posture 56

    Downward-facing dog 56

    Child's posture 57

    Warrior I 58

    Standing forward bend 59

    Standing spread-legged forward bend 60

    The karate kid 61

    Corpse posture redux 62

    Chapter 7: Where to Go from Here 63

    Taking Your First Steps 63

    Visiting dummiescom 64

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