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Overview Provides thirty yoga poses and variations, breathing exercises, and guidance for practicing at home.
Publishers Description In 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Judith Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive guide for beginning students and their teachers. The author discusses yoga's ancient eightfold path and its relevance in today's world, and goes to the heart of yoga-the all-important student-teacher relationship. Thirty essential yoga poses (asana), their variations, and breathing practices (pranayama) are also provided, with guidance for the student practicing at home, and points for the classroom teacher. Sequences are presented with photographic charts for easy visual reference, and a "Mantra for Daily Practice" and glossary of anatomical terms and resources for further study are also included.
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Publishers Weekly - 09/29/2003 page 60
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Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center. Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga. Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
Judith Lasater currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers?
Great book Jul 19, 2008
Excellent resource for asanas. Well organized and easy to read, yet not overly simplistic. Great information for each posture, for alignments, cautions, primary focus, benefits, and variations. Includes sequences for different types of practice.
a must read Jul 16, 2008
This is an incredible book. Plenty of modifications given. great for teachers in training and serious practitioners. It would serve well as ancillary reading for any Teacher Training in any discipline. Judith writes in a concise style explaining benefits of the pose and proper alignment. She completely nails the responsibility of teaching in a safe environment. This book was not even on my TT's reading list but I would not have made it through my TT without it.
A great yoga book from a teacher's eyes & student's mind May 7, 2008
This is truly a great yoga reference book to learn what teachers should look at when teaching a pose. It also tells what are things students usually do (but should not)during a pose. The author also relates the physical side to the mental side of a pose, and this can definitely add dimension to our teaching. I think, however, more descriptions are needed when using different props.
great for instructors Mar 15, 2007
One of the best yoga books to assist the beginning instructor on how to adjust and assist the student. Wording is descriptive and to the point. Wish there were more poses than 30. Maybe the author will come out with a second book with 30 more poses...
Another wonderful offering from Judith Lasater Feb 12, 2007
For the most part, I think this book offers some great, clear advice. I tend to feel that Judith is a bit overly cautious. Most women I know have told me they feel much better after doing an asana practice around their period while Judith would have you skipping many of the most basic postures!
Aside from that, I think this book makes a great addition for those seeking to look a bit more deeply into the practice of yogasana, both as students and as teachers.