If you are planning to give yoga a try or already doing yoga with the help of some guide/eBook, you would have realized or soon you will that most of these guides are not good enough. (And I can bet on it)
The problem with these types of manuals is that they seem quite practical as long as you don’t start to follow them.
The moment you jump on your yoga mat and set such manual in front of you, you realize there is a lot more required to do yoga on your own.
And I know it exactly because it has happened to me more than once.
Such manuals will never work for you for a very straightforward reason. That is, you are new to yoga like 99% other readers of such material.
And for starters giving just basic description is not enough.
Good book for beginner yoga. Excellent writing. Well researched and interesting. I have started doing the poses and I am already seeing a personal difference. I recommend the reading, and the yoga practice for anyone.
Jasper McMorran / Arizona, US.
I just started yoga a few months ago and this book has been a great reference to review all the poses I have learned. I got it spiral bound at Staples for around $6, which really helped being able to use it while practicing!
Tayla Hordern / Florida, US.
This book is excellent for a number of reasons. The detailed descriptions of how to do the postures are wonderful. There are excellent hints for progressing through difficult postures, really understands how the different poses affect the physical body and imparts this knowledge clearly and eloquently.
Marcus Rickards / Germany.
And why I am making such a claim?
Because in early days of my yoga journey I had to face the same sort of problems repeatedly.
All I wanted is one good enough yoga guide which I can actually follow and could cater all my queries which newbie usually have.
And I ended up buying a guides over another. Now have hundreds of yoga books (273 to be exact) and if you want to read am more then happy to share it with you for free.
The books which give you general information about yoga, like about its history, origin, intervention, famous yogis and blah blah..
All good information and some are good to read, but they all lack actionable steps that how to incorporate yoga into your lifestyle, How to do it and most important from where to begin
Second types of books are sort of manuals which give you list of poses with image and guidelines to follow. In my opinion Instead of motivating such manuals actually discourages you from doing yoga.
And gives you series of setbacks and you end up blaming yourself for not being good enough or disciplined enough.
I bet until and unless you are super flexible and ultimate fit you won’t be able to follow even 50% of the guidelines stated in such manuals.
That is the first setback the yoga enthusiasts get.
Obviously, no one can be perfect on the very first day of practice, especially in yoga. You need to work on your limitations and till then have to work with modifications.
Which by the way are missing in most of such yoga books and that is the second set back you get.
You started your practice with modifications as such limitations can gradually be overcome….
Not on their own. What if you are doing something fundamentally wrong at first place. To get rid of those limitations you need to work on them by focusing on specific movements, positions and talk to your body.
This is the third set back, as such information is not available in any yoga guides I have come across.
Which means you like yoga, and you want it to become a part of your lifestyle, but you don’t know where you stand and where you want to go.
And lastly the biggest blow.
You are new to yoga, and you have performed first few sessions of yoga rightly or wrongly—you are not sure about it.
How would you assess the quality of your workout?
And if not done right, chances are you will remain the same for a loooooooooooooooooong time.
Because it is designed focusing on beginners and the problems they faced by following any other yoga guides.
If you are at the 'give up' point in your yoga practice because your body will not respond, READ THIS BOOK!
Helen Winfield / U.K.
I am so grateful I found this book when I did! I hit a plateau in my yoga practice and was unable to move past some simple poses. Doing just a few techniques in the book, I have broken through my plateau and I no longer see restrictions, only possibilities.
Sfiyah Mustafa / Oman.
A thoughtful organization and presentation of Yoga. You can get a feel for the author's experience by his detailed instructions and observations. For a long time, I struggled with having to keep a Yoga book open while reading and practicing from it!
Irene Gagne / France.
Well to this point we all have reached to conclusion that yoga is the best form of workout for our overall well being.
Just give me an example of any other form of workout that works on your;
Like any other form of workout– yoga also has a significant dropout rate.
Ironically it is not because of the strictness of the plan, intensity or the muscle fatigue caused due to it.
It is because of the lack of belief which usually struck in first few day of the practice.
And user usually starts doubting too many things about themselves and yoga as a whole.
The pattern of these self-doubts is soooo typical.
I know exactly how frustrating the overall experience is, as I have been a victim of all this for a very long time.
Because it not only guides you to how to do yoga, but to do better yoga.
"Great beginner book. I downloaded this book and was happily surprised that by trying these simple poses I have been able to stretch and improve at home."
Richard Thompkins / Belgium.
"I was expecting to find ten poses with some description, but this book is far more than that. It contains relaxing exercises and the easy to understand theory about what you should do and why. The poses are simple so that everyone can do them."
Seth Nemarluk / Sydney, Australia.
This is a great book for the yoga wannabee beginner. This book is very helpful for bringing relaxation into your life.
Jie Tang / Singapore.
This book was great!!! Ned really makes it simple for beginners to get started and feel the benefits of yoga.
Daniel Austin / Perth, Australia.
To give our readers clear objectives, we have researched to find out what are the challenges that average people face in there normal life.
Then based on specific benefits of each pose we have designed specific sequences for the people to follow and get desired results.
50+ yoga poses
To make those sequence your clear objective and more actionable. We provided a manual of 50+ most frequent easy to medium level yoga poses.
And to make them more clear and follow-able we divided these this section into 3 parts;
Brief intro about the poses
Which muscle group it targets and what benefits you may attain by performing a particular pose.
The best(most specific and clear images) we may get hold of to elaborate the pose.
Simple and clear steps to follow to get into any given yoga pose.
Like it is said earlier, no one can follow more the 50% of the directions of any yoga pose in first few attempts for two very simple reasons.
And beginners do need some extra guidance, not only to perform the poses but also to save themselves from the probable risk of injury.
And to cater this issue, we have incorporated a section which gives such details to beginners to pursue their practice without any breaks.
The fourth and main highlight of this guide is the assessment scale.
The main central idea behind this book.
The problem why beginners find any other yoga guide so ineffective is that by following them they developed a feeling of getting stuck sooner or later. In easy terms are not progressing and they do not know where to move forward
They have no idea if they are doing it right or not within their limitations
This the most researched and most thoughtful section of the book in which we have gathered the key performance indicators for every yoga pose.
Once the user gets into the pose they just have to focus on meeting the listed requirements. If you can't meet all of them doesn’t matter try to meet one.
Even if you can't meet one it doesn't matter either just continue your practices now at least you must be knowing the way forward.
Once you meet all the KPIs....... well, congrats! ….you nailed it.
Take a peek inside...
And this is the best guide to do it with.
So do not wait, take the required step to get the best of yourself.
I got this for my Husband for Christmas. Concise and to the point exactly what he needs to get into practice.
Sandra Loggia / Brazil.
A true practice manual as intended. The layout, the photographs ……. If you are familiar with Yoga and wish to stay inspired about your practice, this book will help you very much
Vinicius Almeida / L.A, USA.
Very well written, the pics are great and the descriptions simple, yet complete and clear. Really worth it.
Michael Wolfson /Greece.
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The only guide available which helps you to asses your yoga sessions and makes you progress.
Absolutely. As easier it could get. Like It is mentioned earlier that we have created this after evaluating what an actual beginner needs and is missing in 100s of other yoga guides. So we are very confident that we made a better version of yoga guide which is more explicit more comprehensive and more doable.
We can never commit you any specific time for two reasons.
A, We are not sure about the effort you will be putting in.
B, I don’t know what your criteria for satisfactory results are.
But one thing I can assure is, you will see the progress within a week if you stay consistent.
No. there is no compulsion to do so. Buying a good yoga mat, proper clothing or other accessories for yoga may enhance your overall workout experience, and that may result in a better workout. But like I said there is no compulsion. All you need is a flat surface and this guide.
The suggestive period of a yoga session is around 30 to 50 minutes. Therefore we have designed our sequences to be about 36 to 40 mins long.
This book intends to help the beginners to master the listed poses and how to get the most benefit from these poses. Even after you achieve this level this book is an excellent keep for reference anytime you need.
Well, there are hundreds of scientific studies that confirms that yoga is excellent to reduce the signs of insomnia. And this book is great to help you do better yoga.
Yoga, the most searched form of exercise in the world (with over 100 million searches per month) speaks itself for the popularity. But somehow, I have always found a bunch of men who are skeptic about the topic of Yoga for men (for some odd reasons which I will discuss in another article.)
In a nutshell, yoga hasn’t been tagged as ‘my thingy’ for most of the guys.
Just for the fact back in the times of BCs, yoga was originated by men for men.
And these men might not know, but it has some great and lasting benefits that every man literally craves for.
If you ask for my opinion, it is the only form of exercise that builds you inside out. Maybe that is one of the reasons that guys find such patience boring.
And all I have to say them is, just give it a shot. An hour a week (20 minutes alternate days) and you will get to know from where the Batman got his real superpowers from.
Like any form of exercise, yoga is not a magic pill. Like others, it does require certain consistency and discipline.
Do yourself a favor .give me 4 hours of your month and observe the brink of wonders you may get.
And please do read the next two articles (this one and this one) to get the whole picture. Now let’s get to the benefits before further guidelines.
Oh yes, it does, not a myth or rumor. It is a fact proven by the study done in 2010 and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. It has confirmed that yoga improves man competence in all sexual function namely.
Apart from it, yoga is also great for enhancing body awareness and mind-body coordination. Which result in being less conscious and more of enjoying the moment.
Productivity has been defined by several author/authorities differently. But out many factors the main components of productivity are;
A Research conducted in the University of Illinois observed 30 participants at Urbana-Champaign on their working memory, and inhibitory control and they found that the participant how 20 mins of yoga sessions regularly are more focused, have more energy and enjoy better work relationships the participants who jog or do other forms of physical exercise.
Like every other work out yoga plays a vital role in boosting self-confidence. In fact, it is the best workout for the specific job. Why? It gives results which are more deep-rooted and more stable.
Yes, we all can relate to when someone flexes his arm and try to catch the eyes which are staring back at them. But trust me this is very superficial and totally different than how yoga does the trick.
Remember Bond, James Bond.
Have you read The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonagall if not please do it's highly recommended. According to the book, willpower acts very similarly like muscles.
Ever wondered why;
This is because you have limited willpower for the day. And once you exhaust your quota to single activity you feel more vulnerable to other temptations.
And this is where yoga becomes so special. According to research study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, with yoga, you will not only be able to control your cravings but also build more resistance in every session.
Yoga not only builds muscles, reduce fat but also give them proper definition.
Connor McGregor, New your Giants, Seattle Seahawks, uses yoga as a part of their training. Yoga workout increases the blood flow and delivers more oxygen to muscles. This not strengthens the muscles, encourage its growth but also fine-tune its structure.
According to a study published in the March 2013 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 8 weeks of yoga demonstrated increased in deadlifts, flexibility in shoulders hamstring and back and decrease in body fat.
Yoga is great for your health—quite literally if you consider a research study published in the PLoSOne health journal, which claims regular yoga practice strengthens immunity at the cellular level by changing actual gene expression and thus, improving your internal defense system. And these benefits can be experienced rather quickly—while you’re still on the mat.
Overall the health and wellness industry I found ‘sleep’ and ‘healthy sleep’ as the most underrated topic. (And I am planning to write the whole series of articles just about it).
If you sliced up your day and in fact whole life, on which activity you spend most time/life on? Yes sleeping. So why not take it seriously.
If you sliced up your day and in fact whole life, on which activity you spend most time/life on? Yes sleeping. So why not take it seriously.
Nobody is going to tell you or wanted to tell you that quality and quantity of sleep determines your day/ your life.
Your energy level, your attitude your perception of life all are controlled by your sleep.
Yoga is the best to influence your sleep. According to a 2011 study from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia consistent yoga not only helps with insomnia but also extend the time of deep sleep not sleep(do consider the difference between both)and results feeling more rested higher energy level and better mood throughout the day.
Believe me; better sleep is enough to make your day.
Let’s recap all the functions yoga performs to your body.
It increases stamina/endurance, balance stability, tone and strengthens muscles, better mind-body coordination better posture and movement. All of the thing which reduces the chances of wrong twist, over-exertion and hitting wrong pressure points, in a nutshell, want to be bulletproof do your yoga.
Thanks for staying till here,
And if you are looking for some more yoga poses and further guidance do check out our ultimate yoga assessment guide. As it comes with every thing, a yoga practitioner needs when practicing solo.
You may also download free weekly assessment sheet to gauge your performance regarding every related benefit and save your thanks for the later.
Take good care of yourself and C.Ya