500+ color illustrations
From pose to pose during yoga, the muscles guide the bones, maintain the joints, protect the nerves, suspend or lift parts of the body – their roles are quite varied.
To this end, they must be both strong and supple, able to relax, to stretch, or to combine several functions to coordinate their actions. A well-designed yoga practice can gradually develop these different qualities within the muscles.
Anatomy of Yoga is a guide to the different roles played by the muscles in yoga practice. Through helpful examples and over 500 color drawings that illustrate individual poses and how each pose engages one or more muscles, the reader is able to distinguish and understand their various roles. This, in turn, leads to a more enlightened and beneficial yoga experience.
Chapter 1. Some Basic Concepts About Muscles
Chapter 2. Muscle Strength and the Poses
Chapter 3. Muscle Relaxation in the Poses
Chapter 4. Muscle Length and the Poses
Chapter 5. Flexibility and Strength in Certain Poses
Chapter 6. Muscle Coordination in the Poses
English-Sanskrit Index of the Poses Discussed
Sanskrit-English Index of the Poses Discussed