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The yoga mini-book for energy and strength : a specialized program for a stronger, high-energy you
Gavalas, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
General Note:
"A Fireside book."

Includes index.
Format :


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RA781.7 .G377 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
RA781.7 .G377 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RA781.7 .G377 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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THE YOGA MINI-BOOK FOR ENERGY AND STRENGTH is book three in our series of clearly illustrated instructional books, each demonstrating how yoga practice is the superior approach to meeting specific health/wellness goals - here, improved energy and strength. Yoga's mainstream appeal is undeniable. It is incredibly popular with thousands of people ranging in age from teens to boomers and beyond, many of them motivated by a particular advertised health benefit of regular practice. Two of the biggest draws are yoga's strengthening and energizing benefits. In this book, centuries-old exercises (asans) use the body's own weight (and light hand weights) to build muscle strength without muscle bulk and create sleek, strong bodies. Breathing exercises (pranayama), massage, and carefully selected asans are included for their stimulating effects on the nervous and circulatory systems. From an introduction to the practice to carefully illustrated instructions, readers have all they need to create an individualised routine for their specific needs and situations.

Author Notes

Elaine Gavalas received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she is presently a doctoral candidate. She is an exercise physiologist, weight management specialist, and nutritionist, and has practiced, taught, and written about yoga for more than fifteen years. She also conducts interactive online weight management and fitness chats, discussion boards, and web classes. She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

These two new additions to the Yoga Minibook series are useful guides, chock-full of information. With illustrated yoga programs designed to preserve strength and vitality, The Yoga Minibook for Longevity is aimed at an older audience. Many of the classic yoga poses, for example, are modified with chairs and other props to make them accessible for stiffer bodies. The Yoga Minibook for Energy and Strength provides programs based on Ayurvedic body types. Gavalas describes the three basic body types in the Indian Ayurvedic system (vata/ectomorph, pitta/mesomorph, kapha/endomorph) and suggests yoga strengthening routines for each. Both books have clear illustrations of all poses, making the routines easy to follow. --Jane Tuma

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Chapter 1 Understanding Yogap. 1
Chapter 2 Before You Beginp. 17
Chapter 3 Yoga for Your Body Typep. 33
Chapter 4 Yoga for Strengthp. 85
Chapter 5 Yoga for Energyp. 117
Chapter 6 Chakra Yogap. 147
Chapter 7 Yoga to Relieve Fatiguep. 179
Indexp. 199