The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy


The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy is the definitive guide to the study of yoga anatomy. A perfect companion book for any yoga teacher or practitioner seeking to understand the biomechanics of the body as it applies to yoga practice.

The book is visually designed in quick reference format to offer useful information about the main skeletal muscles that are central to yoga, with asanas to demonstrate the particular muscles and muscle groups. More than 230 full-color illustrations detail each muscle’s origin, insertion, and action in order to clearly reveal how the muscles come into play in the movements and postures of yoga. The appendix rounds out the asanas included in most 200- hour trainings, and provides a glossary of verbs and cues to aid in the practice and teaching of yoga.

Knowledge of yoga anatomy is paramount to the ability to teach or practice with no injury to oneself or others. With this foundation in place, it is possible to focus on the spiritual element of yoga as well as the physical. Yoga is a union of the two, so where appropriate, the more profound side of the practice is mentioned as it relates to the body.

The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy illustrates the form and function of the muscles first, then interlays the muscles into the yoga posture for full understanding in a clear and integrated way, explaining the technique of the asanas, as well as other more subtle, deeper aspects of yoga: awareness, prana, bandhas, chakras, and relaxation.

JO ANN STAUGAARD-JONES is a full professor of kinesiology, movement science, and dance. She is an advanced Pilates and yoga instructor (RYT500, Himalayan Institute) with a master’s in dance and education, receiving degrees from the University of Kansas and New York University before pursuing a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and movement scientist. The author of the highly regarded titles The Vital Psoas Muscle and The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga, she currently teaches interactive movement workshops across the U.S. and sponsors international holistic retreats, Yoga Anatomy courses, and full teacher trainings.

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