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This daring, visionary book revolutionizes yoga practice--and makes it truly accessible to everyone, in every body, at any age, and in any state of health.
Yoga practice has so much to offer us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. But many of us feel discouraged to practice because we see young, slim, flexible, well, and able-bodied people dominating yoga spaces. Yet, yoga is truly a practice for all--conferring enormous benefits to our overall well-being as our bodies change, age, and navigate various health challenges. Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga, views yoga as a basic human right--saying we all deserve to practice it in whatever state we find our body or mind. Accessible Yoga offers a simple, clear, and wonderfully adaptable practice for all people regardless of ability, health, and body type. Heyman has spent over twenty years sharing yoga with people of all abilities and backgrounds, and in this book, he shares his knowledge by breaking down complex yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation techniques, and yoga teachings into clearly understandable and practical tools we can use every day, regardless of our limitations or challenges.
Yoga teacher Heyman, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, presents a practical, creative, and clear-cut approach to his discipline, aiming to make it accessible to people with different body types and physical concerns, including disabilities. Offering useful information for students and teachers alike, he covers basic principles of yoga and gives detailed instructions for different asanas, or poses, with modifications to suit various needs. For example, a chapter on the sun salutation provides variations for students unable to get down on the floor or put weight on their knees, with sequences that can be practiced in a chair (or wheelchair), on a mat, or lying in bed. Heyman's guiding belief, he explains, is that yoga teachers should adapt the pose to the person, rather than the person to the pose. Other chapters walk readers through warm-ups, standing and balancing poses, backward and forward bending, inverting, and twisting, with helpful accompanying photographs. Heyman also takes care to point out that pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, though sometimes neglected by Western yoga classes, are vital to the practice, and accessible to most people. This user-friendly manual provides a welcome and valuable service in potentially opening the world of yoga up to an even wider population.