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The American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual Fully Revised and Updated
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CONTENTS

Preface

1. INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
The Techniques of Yoga

Before You Start

Finding a Yoga Teacher

How to Practice Yoga Asans

2. GETTING READY TO EXERCISE: THE YOGA WARM-UP

3. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: CURRICULUM AND ROUTINES
Course One

Course Two

Course Three

After Course Three...

4. EXERCISE (ASANA)

5. BREATHING (PRANAYAMA)
Breathing Techniques

Facts About Yoga and Your Breath

How to Start Breathing Better

Breath Warm-ups

Breathing Exercises (Pranayamas)

Breathing and Mood Changes

Breathing Exercises New to Course Two

Breathing Exercises New to Course Three

6. RELAXATION AND MEDITATION
How to Begin

Benefits of Meditation in Everyday Life

Common Experiences in Meditation

7. DIET AND NUTRITION
The Vegetarian Diet and Health

Why Is Diet Important in Yoga?

The Yoga Vegetarian Diet

The American Yoga Association Food Pyramid

Supplements

8. PREGNANCY
Helpful Hints

Yoga Routine During Pregnancy

Nutrition for Pregnancy

9. YOGA AND SPORTS
How Yoga Helps Improve Sports Performance

Yoga Techniques for Warming Up and Cooling Down

Daily Yoga Routine for Improved Sports Performance

10. STRESS MANAGEMENT
Three Steps to Greater Stress Resistance

Stress and Diet

Breath: Your Most Portable Stress Management Tool

Relaxation and Meditation

11. YOGA PHILOSOPHY
Rama

Your Two Bodies

Lakshmanjoo

Ethics in Yoga

Glossary

Resources

Index

About the Author

Alice christensen established the American Yoga Association in 1968. She is the author of several acclaimed yoga manuals and developed the EASY DOES IT programme over thirty years ago.

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