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Yoga All-In-One For Dummies

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Everything you need to make yoga an integral part of your health and well-being

If you want to incorporate yoga into your daily routine or ramp up what you're already doing, Yoga All-In-One For Dummies is the perfect resource! This complete compendium of six separate titles features everything you need to improve your health and peace of mind with yoga, and includes additional information on, stretching, meditation, adding weights to your yoga workouts, and power yoga moves.

Yoga has been shown to have numerous health benefits, ranging from better flexibility and athletic performance to lowered blood pressure and weight loss. For those who want to take control of their health and overall fitness, yoga is the perfect practice. With Yoga All-In-One For Dummies, you'll have everything you need to get started and become a master of even the toughest yoga poses and techniques.

  • Find out how to incorporate yoga to foster health, happiness, and peace of mind

  • Get a complete resource, featuring information from six titles that are packed with tips

  • Use companion workout videos to help you master various yoga poses and techniques that are covered in the book

  • Utilize tips in the book to increase balance, range of motion, flexibility, strength, and overall fitness

  • Take a deep breath and dive into Yoga All-In-One For Dummies to find out how you can improve your health and your happiness by incorporating yoga into your daily routine.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      3. Book I: Getting Started with Yoga Principles
        1. Chapter 1: Yoga 101: Building a Foundation
          1. Understanding the True Character of Yoga
          2. Considering Your Options: The Eight Main Branches of Yoga
          3. Finding Your Niche: Four Basic Approaches to Yoga
          4. Locating Your Starting Place in the World of Yoga
        2. Chapter 2: Yoga and the Mind-Body Connection
          1. Taming the Monkey Mind
          2. Focusing on the Transitions
          3. Exercising from the Inside Out
          4. Letting Go of “I Can’t Do It”
          5. Bringing Your Mind into the Present Moment
        3. Chapter 3: Preparing for a Fruitful Yoga Practice
          1. Cultivating the Right Attitude
          2. Enjoying a Peaceful and Safe Yoga Practice
          3. Ready, Set, Yoga: Dealing with the Practicalities
      4. Book II: Basic Yoga Techniques and Postures
        1. Chapter 1: The Fundamentals of Yogic Breathing
          1. Breathing Your Way to Good Health
          2. Starting Out with Focus Breathing
          3. A Variety of Yoga Breathing Techniques
          4. Seeing How Breath and Postural Movement Work Together
        2. Chapter 2: Please Be Seated
          1. Understanding the Philosophy of Sitting
          2. Adding Variety to Your Sitting Postures
        3. Chapter 3: Standing Tall
          1. Standing Strong
          2. Exercising Your Standing Options
        4. Chapter 4: Steady as a Tree: Mastering Balance
          1. Getting to the Roots of the Posture
          2. Balancing Postures for Graceful Strength
        5. Chapter 5: Absolutely Abs
          1. Taking Care of the Abdomen: Your Business Center
          2. Exercising Those Abs
        6. Chapter 6: Looking at the World Upside-Down: Safe Inversion Postures
          1. Getting a Leg Up on Leg Inversions
          2. Trying a Trio of Shoulder Stands
        7. Chapter 7: Classic Bending Floor Postures
          1. Bending over Backward
          2. Bending from Side to Side
          3. Bending Forward
        8. Chapter 8: Several Twists on the Yoga Twist
          1. Trying Simple Upright Twists
          2. Twisting while Reclining
        9. Chapter 9: Dynamic Postures: The Rejuvenation Sequence and Sun Salutation
          1. Warming Up for the Sun: Rejuvenating in 9 Steps
          2. Gliding through the 7-Step Kneeling Salutation
          3. Advancing to the 12-Step Sun Salutation
        10. Chapter 10: Basic Preparation, Compensation, and Rest Poses
          1. Getting Started with Warm-ups
          2. Selecting Your Compensation Poses
          3. Mastering Rest Postures
      5. Book III: Yoga for Life
        1. Chapter 1: A Recommended Beginners’ Routine for Men and Women
          1. Trying out a Fun Beginner Routine
          2. Reaching beyond the Beginning
        2. Chapter 2: Yoga for Kids and Teens
          1. Making Yoga Fun for Youngsters
          2. Easing the Transition into Adulthood: Yoga for Teens
        3. Chapter 3: It’s Never Too Late: Yoga for Midlifers and Older Adults
          1. Reaping the Benefits of Yoga through Midlife and Beyond
          2. Developing User-Friendly Routines for Midlifers
          3. Cherishing the Chair: A Safe Routine for Older Adults
      6. Book IV: Powering Your Way to Fitness: Power Yoga
        1. Chapter 1: Key Principles of Power Yoga
          1. Power Yoga Breathing versus Traditional Yoga Breathing
          2. Making the Most of Vinyasas: Mastering Movement in Power Yoga
          3. Controlling the Gateways of Internal Power (Energy Locks)
          4. Keeping Your Eyes on the Power Yoga Prize: Directing Your Gaze
          5. Benefiting from Body Heat
          6. Putting All Your Power Tools to Work
        2. Chapter 2: Preparing with Powerful Warm-Ups
          1. Getting Down with Warm-Ups on the Floor
          2. Standing Up, Warming Up
        3. Chapter 3: Taking a Walk in the Park: A Minimum Power Routine
          1. Talking before Walking
          2. The Beginner’s Routine: Just a Walk in the Park
        4. Chapter 4: Following Buddha’s Way: A Moderate Power Routine
          1. Progressing along Buddha’s Way
          2. The Intermediate Routine: Buddha’s Way
        5. Chapter 5: Staying Young: Power Yoga for Seniors
          1. Embracing Power Yoga for All Ages
          2. Getting Acquainted with Power Yoga Poses for Seniors
          3. Powering Up with a Post-50 Routine
      7. Book V: Yoga-ing Your Way to a Toned Body: Yoga with Weights
        1. Chapter 1: Introducing Yoga with Weights
          1. Weighing the Benefits of Yoga with Weights
          2. Evaluating Your Readiness
          3. What You Need to Get Started
          4. Mastering Posture Alignment Techniques for Yoga with Weights
          5. Heeding the All-Important Safety Issues
        2. Chapter 2: Warming Up for Your Yoga with Weights Workout
          1. Walking to Warm Up
          2. Adding Warm-Up Exercises to Your Walk
        3. Chapter 3: From Head to Toe: The Balanced Workout
          1. The Mountain
          2. Heaven and Earth
          3. The Rag Doll
          4. The Airplane
          5. The Triangle
          6. The Exalted Warrior
          7. The Warrior II
          8. The Camel
          9. The Table
          10. The Cat
          11. The Dog
          12. The Bridge
          13. The Frog
          14. The Zen
        4. Chapter 4: Waking Up Your Mind and Body: The Energy Workout
          1. The Chair
          2. The Skater
          3. The Crow
          4. The Runner
          5. The Eye of the Needle
          6. The Dog to Plank
          7. The Twisted Triangle
          8. The Warrior I
          9. The Rise and Shine
        5. Chapter 5: Exercises for Seniors
          1. Reaping the Rewards of the Senior Workout
          2. Candle Blowing
          3. The Mirror
          4. The Ticking Clock
          5. The Wave
          6. The Egyptian
          7. The Pigeon
          8. The Heart Lift
          9. The Hacker
          10. The Champion
          11. The Body Builder
          12. The Triangle
          13. The Lift
          14. The Seated Twist
      8. Book VI: Ancient Practices in the Modern World: Hot Trends in Yoga
        1. Chapter 1: Partnering Up for Yoga
          1. Defining Partner Yoga
          2. Exploring 12 Ways to Pose with a Partner
        2. Chapter 2: Yoga against the Wall
          1. The World Is Your Yoga Studio
          2. A Wall-Supported Yoga Workout
        3. Chapter 3: Yoga off the Mat, in the Heat, and outside the Box
          1. Swinging through Yoga without Gravity
          2. What’s SUP? Floating through Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard
          3. Sweating with Hot Yoga
      9. Book VII: Meditation, Mindfulness, and Letting Go of Stress
        1. Chapter 1: How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It
          1. Taking a Tour of Your Inner Terrain
          2. The Bad News: How Your Mind Stresses You Out
          3. The Good News: How Meditation Relieves Suffering and Stress
        2. Chapter 2: Relaxed Like a Noodle: The Fine Art of Letting Go of Stress
          1. The Nature of Stress
          2. Relaxation Techniques That Work
          3. Yoga Nidra: Catching Up on Your Sleep Quotient with Yogic Sleep
        3. Chapter 3: Getting Acquainted with Meditation
          1. How Life Drives You — to Meditate
          2. Surviving the 21st Century — with Meditation
          3. Developing and Directing Awareness: The Keys to Meditation
          4. Getting Started with Meditation: It’s Easier Than You Think
        4. Chapter 4: Mindfulness Meditation: Awareness of the Here and Now
          1. Preparing Your Body for Meditation
          2. Turning Your Attention Inward
          3. Relaxing Your Body
          4. Developing Mindfulness
        5. Chapter 5: Meditating with Challenging Emotions
          1. Making Friends with Your Experience
          2. Meditating with Difficult Emotions
          3. Unraveling Habitual Patterns with Awareness
        6. Chapter 6: Cultivating Spirituality
          1. Dissolving or Expanding the Self: The Point of Spiritual Practice
          2. The Path of Devotion: In Search of Union
          3. The Path of Insight: Discovering Who You Are
          4. Finding a Teacher
      10. About the Authors
      11. Cheat Sheet
      12. Connect with Dummies
      13. End User License Agreement