What if you are just starting a yoga practice,
where do you begin?
It can depend on what your overall goal is.
If your goal is to:
then it can help to get more familiar with your body.
Learning to do yoga poses, you’re often not just learning a new pose, you’re also learning your body. So why not start with some simple exercises to get more familiar with your body.
One reason for these exercises is that they help you to learn how to feel changes in relationship between parts of your body. But they also help you to learn to feel the muscular actions that cause those changes in relationship.
Another benefit to these exercises is instead of thinking about whether or not you are doing the exercises correctly, you can focus on feeling your body as you do the exercises.
The focus is on what you are doing versus how you look while doing it.
(The better you get at feeling your body, the better you can determine for yourself whether you are doing an action "correctly")
There are some basic alignment points but the focus is on feeling how the parts of your body relate and deliberately varying those relationships.
This ebook (pdf, epub and mobi formats) includes a simple routine designed to help you use basic pushing actions to better feel and control your hips and shoulders.
These pushing techniques can be used in stronger poses like side plank but also in working towards improved flexibility in poses like the forward bend and front-to-back splits.
Because the same basic action is used you don't have to think about how to do it. You can focus on experiencing it (and getting better at using it) in different poses.
The ebook comes in pdf, epub and mobi (for kindle) formats.
You get access to all three formats when you purchase the book.
The intent of the exercises in this book are to help you better feel your body. My email address is included so that you can email me if you have any problems (related to the exercises in this book).
This book is covered by the 45 day happiness guarantee.
I can't guarantee 45 days of happiness, but I can guarantee that if within 45 days of purchase, you're not satisfied, you'll get your money back. And that should make you happy, or at the least, not stressed that you're taking a risk in buying this book.
Is this book the be all and end all of all yoga instruction? Definitely not. It focuses on a very simple set of related actions that can help you to better know your body.
The books that follow this one will focus on other actions.
The body is a complex system so even learning the basics is going to take time!!! But, by focusing on little bits at a time, such as the exercises in this book for a start, you can work towards learning your body little bits-at-a-time, all while enjoying the journey.
I teach a variety of different actions in my yoga classes. I generally use the same general set of actions over a course of a few weeks, refining the way I teach them but also coming up with simple fixes for the students who don't get the actions. Of all the actions that I teach I feel that the ones covered in this book are the most basic and the most useful for a beginner just getting started in a yoga or "body awareness" practice.
Future books will build on what you've learned in this book.Why not include all the techniques in one big book?
I've thought of that.
But one reason not to is that it's easier to focus on one set of related actions at a time.
As a student, hopefully, it's less daunting for you and you can get on with learning.
Plus there's less risk for both of us. You get to try one set of actions (covered in this book) and, if it works for you great. If it doesn't then you can get your money back or leave it at part 1 (maybe you got some benefit but decide that the way I teach isn't for you).So why start with this book if there are others to come?
Well, you have to start somewhere. The important thing is to start.I'm not very flexible! Are the exercises in this book suitable for me?
You don't have to be flexible to do the exercises in this book. In fact, they may help you get a little bit more flexible. (But that's not a guarantee.) If you can at least sit upright on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, then you should be able to do the exercises in this book.I've got injuries! Are the exercises in this book suitable for me?
If you experience pain in any of the poses I've included "adjustments" for most of the poses so that you can fine-tune the way that you do the pose. But the exercises in this book have not been designed or described to take account of injury.So what are the advantages of doing this exercises in the book?
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As a final note, this book comes with four videos.
These are supplementary videos that clearly some of the poses and actions in this book and also include one or two extra actions.
The book itself includes notes on these videos as well as when to watch them in the context of the material in the book. (You can of course watch them straight away in the order given. The videos are designed so that you can follow along if you choose.) They can be streamed or downloaded (the downloads are MP4 format).