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Co-written by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, Australia.
An invaluable resource, this book includes recent and previously unpublished research into the science of hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and yoga therapy. Available for purchase as a downloadable PDF or in hard copy.Buy Now Download Preview Chapter
Co-written over 15 years by physiotherapists and yoga teachers, Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, Australia, this book includes recent and previously unpublished research into the science of Hatha Yoga and yoga therapy.
The effects of yoga on each part of the body are explained with thorough analysis and explanations of asanas, vinyasas, bandhas, mudras and kriyas. Using basic principles of biomechanics and neurophysiology this book explains how to improve strength, flexibility and fitness while maintaining joint stability and minimizing risk of injury. This comprehensive text includes hundreds of photographs, diagrams and tables and is a practical, useful and informative guide for teachers and students of all styles of Hatha Yoga.
The information in this 460 page book, is based on a unique combination of 30 years of practical experience of yoga and theoretical study of human anatomy and physiology. This is a very helpful reference book for all yoga practitioners and especially for yoga teachers. It also contains practical information that is not available (and has not been published) anywhere else.
This book is unique in that it contains useful information on the following aspects of Hatha Yoga:
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga is highly recommended to yoga teachers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and yoga practitioners. As a physical therapist and a long time Iyengar Yoga practitioner myself, I searched for a book that would help me analyse yoga postures anatomically, bio-mechanically and therapeutically. When I was introduced to an earlier version of this book I was amazed at its accuracy and application to therapy; but the improvements made in this current edition make it an even more effective reference book.
As a physical therapist I own many other anatomy and physiology books, which I use when researching a topic. When cross-referencing information in Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga I found the accuracy and comprehensiveness to be excellent compared with other yoga anatomy books currently on the market, which include many inaccuracies. The book is also a great reference source for physical therapists and others that have an interest in yoga.
Dalia Zwick PT PhD
Physical Therapy Supervisor
The Women's Center, Premier HealthCare, New York, NY
The depth of information and knowledge in Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga is breath taking. This book explores the effects of yoga on each part of the body through the use of asanas, bandhas, mudras and kriyas while minimising the risk of injury.
This book explores the ability of Hatha Yoga to develop both strength and flexibility and at the same time to use yoga as a therapy for healing musculoskeletal injuries. If detail and knowledge are your thing, you will not be able to go past this text. Rarely has the use of bandhas integrated with the asanas been so well explained and with such detail and clarity. Highly recommended.
International Yoga Teachers Association Journal: International Light
October – December 2005
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga is an invaluable resource for both teachers and students wanting to take more responsibility for their own practice. In reading the text, it seems obvious that the authors are expert yoga practitioners and teachers, not just proficient in anatomy and physiology.
Most injuries in yoga did not occur because a posture or movement was inappropriate for a student, but rather because a teacher did not understand the body well enough to teach the exercise safely. This book provides yoga teachers and students with clear explanations and instructions which they can use in their own teaching and practice. The information comes in a clear well-illustrated and engaging way that does not overcomplicate and succeeds in making anatomy and physiology relevant to the actual practice of yoga.
Liz Bennett BAppSc(Physiotherapy)
Yoga Teacher and Physiotherapist
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga makes a unique contribution to the yoga community. The anatomy and physiology of the human body is presented in a way that is accessible to all and the application of this to the practice of yoga is clearly defined. For yoga practitioners, the book provides clear explanations of why the positioning in each asana and the use of bandhas and mudras are important in ensuring a safe and effective practice.
It will help yoga teachers to understand the technical aspect of yoga from a western scientific point of view as well as from a yoga physiology point of view, and help them to give clear explanations to their students. For those interested in yoga therapy, this book serves as a valuable resource which demonstrates how, with knowledge of applied anatomy, yoga can be used effectively as a therapy.
Melanie Gallagher BSc(Physiotherapy)