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Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga

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Publisher Comments:

On the surface it may appear that yoga is yoga is yoga, but take a closer look and youll discover myriad different yoga systems and lineages. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, and while yoga is for everyone, not every style is the perfect fit for every person. But how do you choose between mysterious-sounding names such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, and Kripalu? As Meagan McCrary discovered when she began exploring different classes, finding the right style is essential for establishing a steady yoga practice. Pick Your Yoga Practice is the first book to describe the most prominent yoga styles in depth, including teaching methodology, elements of practice, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, class structure, physical exertion, and personal attention. Those new to yoga will discover they have options and can confidently attend a class of their choosing, while experienced practitioners will expand their understanding of the vast world of modern yoga, and perhaps find themselves venturing into new territory.

Styles included:

Ashtanga * Iyengar * Kundalini * Integral * Kripalu

Bikram * Jivamukti * Sivananda * Ananda

Viniyoga * Svaroopa * Power * Forrest * ISHTA

Anusara * Moksha * AcroYoga

Review:

"With an estimated 15.8 million yoga practitioners in the U.S., the number of new training centers has exploded. In her first book, Los Angeles — based yoga teacher McCrary provides an encyclopedia of yoga styles that helps readers define a term when reviewing a class schedule or decipher the nature of a certification claimed by a particular instructor, though most teachers will end up using methods from a variety of practices. McCrary provides an overview of the basic tenets of yoga, such as the important of breath, the significance of the bandhas, and why spirituality and philosophy sometimes play a role in the practice. In addition, the author defines Hindu yoga terms — like yoga nidra, which are often integrated in the class parlance — and translates key chants, such as the ones common in Ashtanga classes. With thorough introductions to familiar styles of yoga, this is a solid, if not scintillating, introduction, but may not provide as much guidance as the title suggests. Such a noble goal may be unreachable, as the author admits: 'American yoga masters have emerged to found their own styles of yoga... to meet our evolving cultural needs and develop all-inclusive approaches.' Agent: Elizabeth Evans, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In Pick Your Yoga Practice, McCrary explains the histories, philosophies, and health benefits of the most popular yoga styles. Readers will learn about yogas rich and varied traditions, and will be able to identify which practice best fits their intentions. We all go to the studio for different reasons – some of us to lose weight, some to gain strength, some to heal injuries, and some to relax. With McCrarys book, readers can make informed decisions about which classes are right for them. Perfect for both curious new students and those who want to deepen their understanding of yoga, Pick Your Yoga Practice is the ultimate guide to understanding yogas transformative powers.

Anyone interested in health and wellness in America today has likely tried a yoga class or two. Most of us choose classes that are convenient to our busy schedules, maybe not quite paying attention to the individual styles the studio offers. Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar — its all Greek when youre new to the yoga mat. Depending on how we react to the classes, we might become yoga devotees, or we might give up on yoga altogether, not realizing that the different styles of yoga are as distinct and varied as our unique personalities.

Since first arriving in the states on the robe-tails of Indian swamis at the turn of the 20th century, yoga has captivated the attention of scholars, intellectuals, hippies, politicians, movie stars, and the like, making its way into the heart of mainstream America. Today yoga studios are common fixtures in cities and suburbs, yoga teachers are gaining celebrity status, and the business of yoga is booming. It seems everyone from seniors to athletes and high-powered executives to stay-at-home moms is headed to yoga class — but which one?

Of the hundreds of yoga books available, not one contains an extensive presentation of multiple yoga systems and their histories. Pick Your Yoga Practice is for those students who are curious about more than one style of yoga and would like to deepen their understanding of yoga and explore how and why people practice different types.

There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from: Some that are rich in history and others that just arrived on the scene; some that are overtly spiritual and others that are plainly physical; some that are extremely rigid and demanding and others that are more gentle and adaptable. In this book you will discover, in-depth, eight of the most prominent systems of yoga as well as ten more need-to-know styles in the “best of the rest.” Everything from philosophical foundation and teaching methodology to levels of physicality and health benefits will be discussed to give readers a complete impression of each system. As cliché as it sounds, yoga really is for everyone—you just have to find the right fit for you.

In each chapter, McCrary will explore what a class might be like, what type of training the instructor has had, and what to expect in the way of philosophy and spirituality and physical exertion. Each chapter includes sidebars which will offer tips and other background material to enhance the readers understanding.

Synopsis:

Millions practice yoga, but what kind? Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar? Hot room, flowing, or held postures, with or without meditation and chanting? And everyone practices for different reasons — weight loss, strength training, injury healing, relaxation. Those new to yoga should know they have choices (so as not to be put off by one bad fit), and regular practitioners should know that there are dozens of ways to expand or reinvigorate their routine. This is the first yoga book to help everyone interested understand all their options. Eight of the most prominent yoga approaches, plus ten “best of the rest,” are explained in terms of what a class is like, level of physical exertion, and philosophical and spiritual underpinnings. As in the fairy tale, some may find some yoga too hot or too cold, too hard or too soft — but virtually everyone can find a yoga that is just right.

About the Author

Meagan McCrary, a certified yoga instructor and writer, put her journalistic skills to work interviewing leading yoga teachers and researching yogas history. Her yoga, wellness, and lifestyle writings are widely featured online and in print. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608681808
Author:
Mccrary, Meagan
Publisher:
New World Library
Author:
McCrary, Meagan
Subject:
Yoga
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Fitness
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Yoga
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With an estimated 15.8 million yoga practitioners in the U.S., the number of new training centers has exploded. In her first book, Los Angeles — based yoga teacher McCrary provides an encyclopedia of yoga styles that helps readers define a term when reviewing a class schedule or decipher the nature of a certification claimed by a particular instructor, though most teachers will end up using methods from a variety of practices. McCrary provides an overview of the basic tenets of yoga, such as the important of breath, the significance of the bandhas, and why spirituality and philosophy sometimes play a role in the practice. In addition, the author defines Hindu yoga terms — like yoga nidra, which are often integrated in the class parlance — and translates key chants, such as the ones common in Ashtanga classes. With thorough introductions to familiar styles of yoga, this is a solid, if not scintillating, introduction, but may not provide as much guidance as the title suggests. Such a noble goal may be unreachable, as the author admits: 'American yoga masters have emerged to found their own styles of yoga... to meet our evolving cultural needs and develop all-inclusive approaches.' Agent: Elizabeth Evans, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Pick Your Yoga Practice, McCrary explains the histories, philosophies, and health benefits of the most popular yoga styles. Readers will learn about yogas rich and varied traditions, and will be able to identify which practice best fits their intentions. We all go to the studio for different reasons – some of us to lose weight, some to gain strength, some to heal injuries, and some to relax. With McCrarys book, readers can make informed decisions about which classes are right for them. Perfect for both curious new students and those who want to deepen their understanding of yoga, Pick Your Yoga Practice is the ultimate guide to understanding yogas transformative powers.

Anyone interested in health and wellness in America today has likely tried a yoga class or two. Most of us choose classes that are convenient to our busy schedules, maybe not quite paying attention to the individual styles the studio offers. Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar — its all Greek when youre new to the yoga mat. Depending on how we react to the classes, we might become yoga devotees, or we might give up on yoga altogether, not realizing that the different styles of yoga are as distinct and varied as our unique personalities.

Since first arriving in the states on the robe-tails of Indian swamis at the turn of the 20th century, yoga has captivated the attention of scholars, intellectuals, hippies, politicians, movie stars, and the like, making its way into the heart of mainstream America. Today yoga studios are common fixtures in cities and suburbs, yoga teachers are gaining celebrity status, and the business of yoga is booming. It seems everyone from seniors to athletes and high-powered executives to stay-at-home moms is headed to yoga class — but which one?

Of the hundreds of yoga books available, not one contains an extensive presentation of multiple yoga systems and their histories. Pick Your Yoga Practice is for those students who are curious about more than one style of yoga and would like to deepen their understanding of yoga and explore how and why people practice different types.

There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from: Some that are rich in history and others that just arrived on the scene; some that are overtly spiritual and others that are plainly physical; some that are extremely rigid and demanding and others that are more gentle and adaptable. In this book you will discover, in-depth, eight of the most prominent systems of yoga as well as ten more need-to-know styles in the “best of the rest.” Everything from philosophical foundation and teaching methodology to levels of physicality and health benefits will be discussed to give readers a complete impression of each system. As cliché as it sounds, yoga really is for everyone—you just have to find the right fit for you.

In each chapter, McCrary will explore what a class might be like, what type of training the instructor has had, and what to expect in the way of philosophy and spirituality and physical exertion. Each chapter includes sidebars which will offer tips and other background material to enhance the readers understanding.

"Synopsis" by ,
Millions practice yoga, but what kind? Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar? Hot room, flowing, or held postures, with or without meditation and chanting? And everyone practices for different reasons — weight loss, strength training, injury healing, relaxation. Those new to yoga should know they have choices (so as not to be put off by one bad fit), and regular practitioners should know that there are dozens of ways to expand or reinvigorate their routine. This is the first yoga book to help everyone interested understand all their options. Eight of the most prominent yoga approaches, plus ten “best of the rest,” are explained in terms of what a class is like, level of physical exertion, and philosophical and spiritual underpinnings. As in the fairy tale, some may find some yoga too hot or too cold, too hard or too soft — but virtually everyone can find a yoga that is just right.
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