This is an excellent introduction to yoga. It's geared towards seniors but I think it would be beneficial to anyone learning the poses and setting up a home routine for themselves. The book starts off with several chapters detailing the benefits of yoga, particularly for seniors. It talks about the vicious cycle of inactivity as we age. Movement hurts so people stop moving. Unused muscles become weak, which leads to more pain and immobility so people move even less. Not moving leads to weight gain, increased pain, plus the increased risk of heart disease and other health issues. The basic message of those first chapters is to keep moving and yoga is a great way to do that. Those first chapters also delve into what movements you should or shouldn't do if you have specific health problems, such as heart and circulatory problems, osteoporosis, joint problems and arthritis, joint replacement, lung disease, cancer or chronic pain. This is a six-week program so that yoga positions are separated into six sections. The first section describes the foundational practices that should begin and end each yoga session. That includes the three-part breath and range-of-motion sequence that would start your session to relax you and loosen you up. Also it describes the relaxation pose that you would end each session with. For the remaining five weeks, you would start off with the three-part breath and range-of-motion sequence, then add that week's poses, ending with the relaxation pose. Some of the poses require a chair, most don't. Each of the poses have very detailed instructions, including tips you should remember as you do the pose and cautions that you should take if you have limited movement or a particular health issue, including a picture of the pose. The book ends with additional practices to enhance vigor and relaxation and also how to set up your own personal program. I haven't finished all six weeks yet but I haven't come across any that I've found hard to do. What makes this book unique from any other yoga book that I've had is ability to download audio guided practices. You should look through each pose explanation very carefully so you have a good understanding of what you will be doing in the session and then download that week's practice and just follow the very calm, relaxing voice of the instructor who will slowly walk you through each pose. The only thing I wish they had done with the audio downloads is to include the beginning and ending poses with each week's new poses so you don't have to first listen to the beginning of week one, switch to the week you're on and then go back to the download of the first week to end. I'm sure as you keep practicing, those beginning and ending poses will become routine and you'll no longer need to listen to them. These audio downloads are like having your own personal yoga instructor in your home. Highly recommended to anyone beginning a gentle yoga practice. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and have no obligation to write a review.
Relax into Yoga for Seniors : A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief
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Relax into Yoga for Seniors presents twelve principles of yoga practice for seniors, including those with limited mobility. This evidence-based workbook will guide you safely—step-by-step, and with posture illustrations—on a six-week program for improved balance, flexibility, and overall well-being.
Managing the emotional and physical challenges that come with aging can be difficult. Seniors face a number of age-related issues, such as chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and anxiety and depression. And while some people may consider yoga a young person’s practice, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests yoga can be beneficial for a wide variety of age-related ailments.
Relax Into Yoga for Seniors—based on the innovative Yoga for Seniors program, and including new material for fans of the Relax Into Yoga for Seniors DVD—provides a step-by-step guide that combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience, and tradition of yogic teachings. With this book, you’ll explore what yoga is and how to do it safely, including important movement considerations like how to get up and down from the floor with care, and how to stand and sit with healthy postural alignment.
With this popular program, you’ll be able to create a safe and effective individualized practice that will address your needs, take personal limitations into consideration, and help you relieve pain, become more flexible and active, and connect more deeply with your inner experience.
Relax into Yoga for Seniors includes free downloadable guided audio practices and printable PDFs. Instructions for downloading these extra features can be found on page 229 of the book.
New Harbinger Publications
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Carol Krucoff, Kimberly Carson
Relax into Yoga for Seniors
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