Judith Hanson Lasater has been teaching an annual yoga retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch, in Helena, Montana, for twenty-eight years. When Lasater learned that one of her students was collecting her thoughts—which she called "Judith’s aphorisms"—Lasater decided to collect them in this book. Featuring one thought for each day of the year, along with a suggested practice, these brief, powerful insights reflect the author’s knowledge of classic yoga philosophy and years of experience. Humorous, inspiring, and surprisingly down-to-earth, they guide seekers both on and off the yoga mat. These aphorisms address love, asana, fear, trust, expectations, pranayama, suffering, laughter, presence, the Yoga Sutra, and much more. They emphasize the experience of being present to one’s self and to life’s ups and downs—day by day, breath by breath, moment by moment. A Year of Living Your Yoga is a gentle invitation to readers to know themselves on a deeper level.
If you think that you have to retreat to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In this second edition of Living Your Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily life—all of them—as ways to practice. This edition includes three new chapters (Relaxation, Empathy, and Worship), a full index, and new interior and cover designs.Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, she serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you.Inspiring and practical, she blends her heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experiences as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend, and yoga practitioner and teacher. The result: a new yoga that beckons you to find the spiritual in everyday life.
We have unique ways of ascribing a variety of emotions to the belly: "My guts are in a knot," "I knew it in my gut," "gut-wrenching," and "No guts, no glory." Yet, too often, we place more emphasis on the way the abdomen looks rather than how it feels and functions. Yoga Abs outlines a series of exercises, yoga poses (asana), and breathing practices (pranayama), designed to achieve optimal health for this crucial area, which houses the organs of both digestion and procreation. Drawing on her experience as a yoga instructor and physical therapist, Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, discusses the anatomical and philosophical aspects of the abdomen, and offers a set of movements that create awareness of these important muscles, and develop and maintain abdominal strength. Each exercise and asana lists: • the props or supports needed • safety guidelines • practice instructions In addition, she has created a special section called "Everyday Abs," where you will experiment with moving mindfully through your everyday activites, such as driving, cooking, sweeping the floor, and more.
Whether you have five minutes or an hour, taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. This book presents nurturing physical postures and breathing techniques called restorative yoga. When practiced regularly, they will help you to: • Heal the effects of chronic stress • Recover from illness or injury • Balance energy and quiet the mind With clear instructions and photographs, Relax and Renew gently guides the experienced practitioner and enthusiastic beginner—regardless of age, flexibility, or strength—in techniques that will ease your way through this hectic world. The first book devoted exclusively to restorative yoga, Relax and Renew offers: • A general restorative sequence • Programs for back pain, headaches, insomnia, jet lag, and breathing problems • A special section for women during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause • Routines for when time is limited, including one for the office • Practical suggestions that help you prevent stress and live more fully in the present moment
The essential guide to correcting yoga misconceptions and avoiding injuries in your practice from Judith Hanson Lasater, a yoga instructor, physical therapist, and bodywork expert. "Tuck your tailbone to protect your back." "Increase your breath." "Pull your abdominal muscles into your backbone." Following these movement cues is often believed to benefit your yoga practice and protect your body when entering and holding poses. However, what may seem like a helpful correction can actually lead to injury or physical harm. In Yoga Myths, Judith Hanson Lasater draws on almost fifty years of experience as a yoga instructor and physical therapist to address the most common mistakes in our yoga practice and provide clear instructions for correcting these errors. Focusing on the eleven "myths" most detrimental to our practice, Lasater provides a comprehensive discussion of what the myth is, why it can hurt us, and how we can avoid it through step-by-step instructions and guiding photos. This book will allow you to return to the inherent wisdom, natural goodness, and spiritual wholeness of yoga and avoid life altering injuries for as long as you practice.
A yoga teacher and physical therapist studies the structure and movement of the human body, revealing how a knowledge of both can improve your yoga practice In Yogabody, author Judith Hanson Lasater emphasizes how an understanding of the human body is essential for understanding the dynamic movement of asana. Drawing on almost forty years of experience as a yoga teacher and physical therapist, she focuses here on macroanatomy and kinesiology in relationship to asana. Organized into five parts—the locomotor system, the vertebral column, the lower extremity, the trunk, and the upper extremity—Yogabody takes you on a fantastic journey through the bones, joints, connective tissue, nerves, and muscles, revealing how these structures interact to create and express movement. Judith conveys her expert knowledge in clear, concise language that makes it easy to understand, to remember, and to integrate. For seasoned teachers, novice teachers, and those in training to teach, Yogabody will help you guide your students to move with more enjoyment and less difficulty. For yoga students, Yogabody will help you practice more confidently on your own. Packed with color anatomical drawings, black-and-white diagrammatic asana illustrations, and helpful charts, you will learn what your body is made of, how it is designed to move, and how to bring the knowledge of both to awaken to asana.
Drawing on her experience as a mother, a yoga teacher, and a physical therapist, author Judith Lasater, PhD presents a comprehensive and easy-to-follow program of yoga poses and breathing practices. These will help the mother to stay flexible and healthy throughout the pregnancy, remain present during the challenges of labor and delivery, and care for herself during the postpartum period. In addition, the author has created a special section called "Mantras for Mom and Baby," where the mother can explore heart-centered practices, one for each month during pregnancy and baby’s first year.
In 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Judith Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive guide for beginning students and their teachers. The author discusses yoga’s ancient eightfold path and its relevance in today’s world, and goes to the heart of yoga—the all-important student-teacher relationship. Thirty essential yoga poses (asana), their variations, and breathing practices (pranayama) are also provided, with guidance for the student practicing at home, and points for the classroom teacher. Sequences are presented with photographic charts for easy visual reference, and a "Mantra for Daily Practice" and glossary of anatomical terms and resources for further study are also included.
An essential guide to anatomy and kinesiology for yoga teachers and students draws on the author's more than forty years of experience as an instructor and physical therapist to counsel practitioners on how to understand the relationship between the body and the asana, in a guide that addresses each body region while sharing counsel on how to better understand problem areas. Original.
Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice is a vital guidebook for any clinician or scholar looking to integrate yoga into the medical and mental health fields. Chapters are written by expert yoga therapy practitioners and offer theoretical, historical, and practice-based instruction on cutting-edge topics such as application of yoga therapy to anger management and the intersection of yoga therapy and epigenetics; many chapters also include Q&A "self-inquiries." Readers will find that Yoga Therapy is the perfect guide for practitioners looking for new techniques as well as those hoping to begin from scratch with yoga therapy.
Now, under the guidance of a qualified and well-known Iyengar yoga teacher, readers can reap the benefits of yoga with this gentle guide written specifically with today's baby boomers in mind. Filled with clear instructions, including the use of yoga props and modified poses, plus crisp follow-along photographs, this book takes readers step by step through the asanas (poses) that can prevent or lessen ailments such as osteoporoisis, hip fractures and chronic pain.
"Restorative yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater offers a program of yoga poses to help rebalance your mind and body and counteract the effects of chronic stress. Restorative yoga, says Judith Hanson Lasater, is active relaxation. It makes use of props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health. In this companion volume to her seminal bookRelax and Renew, Judith Hanson Lasater, a well-known and respected yoga teacher, offers a fresh set of restorative practices--with accompanying photos--to help balance and reset the body when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from your daily activities. They are especially beneficial for the times before, during, and after major life events, or when you are recovering from illness or injury. Lasater points out that restorative yoga is a wonderfully adaptive practice that can be tailored to people of all ages, all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health. Yoga practitioners and teachers will appreciate this new collection of practices and sequences that build on concepts from the first volume"--
A Guide To Achieving Inner Balance Through Yoga. Yoga, According To Osho, Is Not Only A System Of Belief But Is Also A Scientific Methodology That Heightens Awareness And Makes It Possible To Live In A Constant State Of Happiness, Harmony And Fulfillment. For Many, Yoga Is Merely A Way To Keep Fit. Osho, However, Believes That Yogic Postures Are But An Infinitely Small Part Of An Entire Recipe For Living . In A Language Both Fluid And Graceful, Osho Explains How Yoga Can Transform One S Life. The Reader Is Told How He Can First Transcend The Body, Then The Mind And, Finally, How He Can Fall Into Your Own Being . Drop All The Outer Goals And Move Inwards, Says Osho. Yoga, For Him, Is Not About Control Or Discipline But About Achieving A Sense Of Balance. Yoga: The Science Of Living, An Outcome Of Osho S Talks, Is Not Merely A Commentary On Patanjali S Ancient Treatise. It Is Enriched With Insights From Osho S Awakened Consciousness. Defying Traditional Norms Of Spirituality, Osho Punctuates The Voyage Of Self-Discovery With An Irreverent Sense Of Humour. Enriching The Book Are Questions From Various People, Keen To Discover Themselves. Osho S Refreshingly Candid Answers Make For Delightful Reading And Would Offer A Solution To Those Trapped In Similar Situations. Insightful And Profound, Yoga: The Science Of Living Is An Invaluable Guide For Those Looking For Inner Balance And Peace.
Beautifully written and designed, Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga practically and provocatively explores yoga, self-transformation and social responsibility. Both a meditation on the role of yoga practice in the world and a Yin yoga manual with over 140 photographs of poses as well as suggested sequences, this book takes the practice of yoga and self to profound levels through stories, images and well-researched debates. ... not an ordinary book about yoga.... Norman Blair takes us for a ride deep into the meaning of life and the purpose of practice. -Bernie Clark, author of Your Body, Your Yoga 'Highly recommended.... Brightening Our Inner Skies has inspired me to remember the sweet heart at the center of yoga practice... - Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, author of Living Your Yoga Norman's book is a yoga book, it is an asana book, but it is from beginning to end a book about training the mind. There is no line between the mat and off the mat, there is no line between asana and mindfulness. - Paul Grilley, author of Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice Through the practice of Yin yoga and storytelling, Norman compassionately invites us to gently let go of the stories that no longer serve us, and return home to the truth that awaits us in our hearts....a wonderful and needed addition to the unfolding story of Yin yoga. - Biff Mithoefer author of The Yin Yoga Kit
Have you ever tried to tell someone what you want only to feel misunderstood and frustrated? Or hesitated to ask for what you needed because you didn't want to burden the other person? Or been stuck in blame or anger that wouldn't go away? Judith and Ike Lasater, long-term students of yoga and Buddhism, experienced dilemmas like these, too. Even though they had studied the yoga principle of satya (truth) and the Buddhist precept of right speech, it was not until they began practicing Marshall Rosenberg's techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that they understood how to live satya and right speech. In What We Say Matters, Judith and Ike describe their journey through NVC and how speech becomes a spiritual practice based on giving and receiving with compassion—everywhere, all the time—whether at home, at work, or in the world. Their writing is deeply personal, punctuated by their recounts of trial and error, success and failure, laughter and challenge—even in writing this book! They guide you through an introduction to NVC with clear explanations, poignant examples, suggested exercises, and helpful resources. With practice, you'll learn new ways to: • extend empathy to yourself and others • distinguish between feelings and needs • make requests rather than demands • choose connection over conflict • create mutually satisfying outcomes
Presents yoga sequences to bring balance to the endocrine, nervous, digestive, and reproductive systems; increase vitality; bring relief from common conditions; and promote a calm mind and body.
With over 50 videos demonstrating yoga practices to treat your most common aches and pains, this enhanced edition brings the teachings of instructor Tara Stiles to life. Do you have a headache? PMS? Cellulite? Shin splints? A broken heart? Or do you just need to chill the *[email protected]# out? There’s a yoga cure for each of these things. In Yoga Cures, Tara Stiles—owner of Strala Yoga in Manhattan—offers an A-to-Z guide of the poses you can do to target specific problems in your body and get you feeling better right away. Using the fun, fresh approach to yoga she is known for, Stiles takes on more than 50 common conditions ranging from arthritis and fibromyalgia to jiggly thighs and hangovers. Through a simple sequence of poses for each, suitable for the beginner through the advanced practitioner, she provides smart remedies that will keep you healthy and happy. This deluxe edition includes video footage of Stiles demonstrating and narrating the sequence of poses that comprises each cure so that you can starting practicing at home today.
Bring the wisdom of ancient Yoga philosophy into your life in a fresh, accessible, and relevant way. In its highest form, yoga is a practice for your body and your mind. Living the Sutras brings the wisdom of classical yoga philosophy into your life in an accessible and relevant way. The Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga philosophy and practice, written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, are made up of 196 aphorisms that offer potent teachings on how to deal with loss and pain, and guidance on how to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden offer an entrée to this yoga training for the mind and spirit by introducing a sutra or group of sutras on a related theme, providing a brief commentary, and writing prompts to allow you to reflect on and apply the meaning of the sutras to your life. The book is at once an introduction to the classical philosophy, a quick guide for students and teachers, and an active self-study that helps you to engage with yoga wisdom in a deeply personal way.
"Ancients lived in accordance with daily, seasonal, and yearly rhythms by necessity. But modern life overrides these cycles -- from weather and food to work and recreation. Because they are inherently cyclical and instinctually caregivers, women are especially affected. Millions of women trying to do it all, all the time, end up feeling depleted and defeated. In these pages Sara Avant Stover shows how simple, natural, and refreshingly fun practices can put women back in sync with their own cycles and those of nature. When we honor spring's seedlings, summer's color, fall's harvest, and winter's quietude, we harmonize our inner and outer worlds. Stover's suggestions nurture the body, invigorate the mind, and lift the spirit, yielding the same benefits as a getting-away-from-it-all retreat. Illustrated yoga poses, inviting recipes, and innovative journaling, meditation, and brainstorming techniques make reconnecting to the essential easy -- not just for a weekend or week but year-round and lifelong"--