Yoga for Fitness and Wellness

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Medical - 192 pages
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Cengage Learning Activity Series From aerobics and yoga -- to bowling, tennis, weight training, and more -- Cengage Learning offers a complete line of activities texts to meet your teaching needs. Written for individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds, the Cengage Learning Activity Series goes beyond the mere fundamentals, showing students how to improve, excel, and simply get more enjoyment from their favorite physical activities. YOGA FOR FITNESS AND WELLNESS, 2nd Edition, introduces students to the ancient practice of yoga. Covering the history and philosophy of yoga and the theories of Hatha Yoga specifically, the text also explores yoga exercises, including breathing, stretching and strengthening, and relaxation and meditation.
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Contents

Yoga From Its Beginnings to Today
1
Yoga Philosophy
23
Hatha Yoga the Yoga of Balanced Energy
37
Yoga Breathing
51
Postures Āsanas
69
Relaxation and Meditation
123
Yoga for Special Needs
139
How to Continue Your Study of Yoga
153
Pronunciation Guide to Sanskrit Words
167
Yoga Resources
169
Glossary
176
Bibliography
179
Index
181
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Ravi Dykema attended Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio from 1970-71. He studied Yoga in Pondicherry, India with Swami Gitananda at his traditional Yoga school, called Ananda Ashram, from 1972-76. Mr. Dykema earned the rarely-given title, "Yogiraj," which means, "master of Yoga," and the title, "Yoga Chikitsaka," which means, "Yoga therapist." He became an instructor at Ananda Ashram in 1973 while studying there. Mr. Dykema has maintained a private practice in Yoga therapy and taught Yoga classes since then in Colombo, Sri Lanka (where he ran a Yoga center for 9 months), Milwaukee, WI, Madison, WI, Green Bay, WI (where he was a Specialist in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay), and Boulder, CO, where he resides currently. Mr. Dykema has been teaching at Naropa University since 1989 where he helped design a Bachelors of Arts degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with a Concentration in Yoga. He directs the Yoga Department at Naropa University and is an Adjunct Professor there. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In addition to his Yoga work, Mr. Dykema owns and edits a magazine called, NEXUS, Colorado's Holistic Journal. He has interviewed many of today's Yoga experts for his magazine.

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