Coulter Body and Breath, www. Coulter earned a doctorate in anatomy in and spent the next two decades teaching anatomy and doing some NIH- and NSF-funded neuroscience research , mainly at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University. He also has been practicing yoga since , studied at the Himalayan Institute, and contributed to their magazine, Yoga International. He really knows whereof he speaks, and his mastery of human physiology is evident throughout the plus pages of his book. So is his engaging intellect, which brings a vigorously philosophical attitude, by turns whimsical and thought-provoking, to the proceedings.
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Shelves: yoga , science-mind-body There are many books on anatomy for yoga, and Ive read my share, but this is my favorite. What did I like about it? First, Coulter examines the anatomy and physiology of breathing in some detail, and thats an important topic that is overlooked by many others. A lot of yoga anatomy books stick exclusively to the musculo-skeletal system. Second, this book doesnt mix science and pseudo-scientific mythology. Sometimes books shift from talking about arteries and veins to nadis and chakras in a manner that can be confusing and counterproductive.
Third, the book discusses how postures can be safely varied for individuals with limits, as well as discussing the most advanced expression of postures for more flexible or skilled students. There must be a downside? In fact, Coulter is careful not only about using anatomical terms, but also avoids reliance on Sanskrit names as well. The book has a large number of graphics that mostly consist of anatomical drawings and photographs of the various versions of the postures.
The ten chapters of the book are mostly divided up by classes of posture asana. Chapter 2 is on breathing--both the musculature involved and the physiology of it. The rest of the chapters are on core exercises, standing postures, back bends, forward bends, twists, headstands, shoulder-stands, and meditative postures, respectively. As I say, I found this book to be tremendously informative.
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