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"This comprehensive guide offers the tools and information you need…"
—Ken Germano, American Council on Excercise (ACE)
Motivate your mind + excercise your body = Results!
Take your energy to a new level with a holistic fitness program If you're looking for a fitness program that targets your mind as well as your body, look no further. Illuminating the leading holistic traditions and techniques, this friendly guide shows you how to set up a personalized workout that can not only increase your strength and flexibility, but also help you relax, focus, and maintain balance.
Discover how to: Create a customized mind-body workout Gain flexibility and balance with Yoga Shape up with Chinese martial arts Tune your body with Pilates Explore the Alexander Technique, Body Rolling, and more
"…Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies is an important contribution in making these excercises more accessible to everyone."
—Kathie Davis, Executive Director of IDEA, The Health & Fitness Source
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The president of Total Fitness Network covers yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and Qigong, along with giving expert advice on warming up and cooling down, selecting equipment, time and space needs, and more. Photos & line drawings.
Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies is the complete guide to the world of holistic fitness -- from Yoga and Tai Chi to Pilates and Qigong. Get started the smart way with expert advice on the essentials, such as breathing, posture, and choosing a program that best fits you and your fitness goals. Filled with instructional photos and illustrations, this book also features expert advice on warming up and cooling down, as well as taking your workout program beyond the basics with coverage of bodywork techniques including NIA and the Alexander technique. Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies will also help answer common questions about equipment and space needs, as well as other issues to consider before committing to a new fitness plan.
About the Author
Therese Iknoian is president of the Total Fitness Network, a contributor to Walking and Your Health magazines, and a competitive race walker.
Table of Contents
PART I: Setting Out on the Mind-Body Path.
Chapter 1: Making the Mind-Body Connection.
Chapter 2: Choosing Your Path.
Chapter 3: Finding What You Need: Garments, Gear, Space, and Instruction.
Chapter 4: Bringing You All the Movement Basics.
PART II: The Science and Art of Mind-Body Methods.
Chapter 5: Getting Your Mind and Body Fit and Healthy.
Chapter 6: Managing Your Health Mindfully.
PART III: Yoga Primer and Postures.
Chapter 7: You Go, Yoga! The Basics and Benefits.
Chapter 8: Preparing Yoga Postures.
Chapter 9: Lining Up Your Yoga Sequence.
PART IV: The Flow of Ancient Chinese Mind-Body Arts.
Chapter 10: Slowing Down with Tai Chi Chuan.
Chapter 11: Finding Your Inner Fountain of Energy with Qigong.
Chapter 12: Mixing and Matching Chinese Mind-Body Arts.
PART V: Presenting Pilates.
Chapter 13: Benefitting from the Power of Pilates Movement.
Chapter 14: Performing Pilates-Inspired Exercise.
Chapter 15: Picking a Pilates Lineup.
PART VI: Exploring More Mind-Body Methods.
Chapter 16: Trying Out the Modern Classics.
Chapter 17: Meeting the New Kids on the Mind-Body Block.
PART VII: Pulling It All Together.
Chapter 18: Making Mind-Body Your Fitness Lifestyle.
Chapter 19: Fitting Mind-Body Methods into a Complete Picture.
PART VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Reasons to Try Mind-Body Workouts.
Chapter 21: Ten Physical Benefits to No-Pain, You-Gain Mind-Body Fitness.
Chapter 22: Ten Times to Take a Mind-Body Moment.
Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Finding the Best Teacher, Class, or Video.
Appendix: Your Resource for More Mind-Body Fitness Ideas.
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