As yoga teachers we are often investing our time and money on ongoing learning. I have bought many a yoga book over the years – some great, some not so great. But f you are only adding one book to your library this year I recommend you give Yoga Myths consideration.
A Goldilocks kind of book. Not too heavy & intense, not too light & vague
Yoga Myths is written by one of the yoga world’s most well respected voices, Judith Hanson Lasater. It is a Goldilocks kind of book – not too heavy & intense, not too light & vague. Just right there in the middle with a good, balanced mix of yoga manual, anatomy resource and yoga study.
I am always keen to learn more and nurture my teaching skills and understanding. I have long searched for a relatable book covering anatomical detail and pose mechanics.
Yoga Myths describes yoga poses with accurate anatomical information but without the overwhelming detail that is always shown in a dedicated anatomy book.
I love how it breaks down common areas of the body that we all incorporate in to our yoga sequences. Spine, pelvis, shoulder blades and knees to name a few. It then discusses and illustrates the anatomical and physical forms of poses in each area.
Each chapter focuses on a specific area of the body and is introduced with a personal anecdote. This is followed with a description of why the observations from the anecdote are important. The chapter closes with a suggested practice of the relevant poses. For me, it is the perfect balance.
Also, as a teacher, you will be familiar with some of the commonly used cues and phrases for teaching asana. I know that I am guilty of using terms like ‘tuck your tailbone’ and teaching triangle pose describing the body being sandwiched ‘between two panes of glass’. This book demonstrates and explains in easy terms why some of these descriptions are not always accurate or helpful.
Yoga Myths describes yoga pose mechanics with accurate anatomical information
Each chapter is illustrated further with a series of photos, drawings and easy to understand descriptions.
If you’re looking to spend some time on your yoga studies it’s well worth finding a copy your library or bookstore.
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