I love this book! I'd only done my DVD on chair yoga a few times at this point. Was finding it a bit harder than I expected, but doable. Then came this book that teaches yoga from a whole body, mind spirit perspective. It goes into the importance of a breathing practice as it teaches you Pranayama ( The control of breath).
The author begins with an introduction about what Yoga is and why it is good for us. She also gives us general rules on when to eat around yoga practice and other general guidelines for a safe, comfortable session. In the last part of the book she talks about the best eating guidelines to compliment Yoga and our health. She also shares the "eight fold path" and recommendations on meditation. All very easy to understand.
However, the meat of this book is my reason for using it. My knees and hip make it difficult and very painful to stand for very long (at least when I began this it was.) So, I'm always looking for ways to exercise sitting down or in water. In other words anything that won't hurt. I really don't believe in "No pain, no gain." In fact just the opposite. The stress of pain can actually make you gain weight. This book is full of Yoga moves that are easy and painless.
There are anywhere from 4 to 13 exercise-moves-poses for Breathing, Feet & Toes, Brain, Pelvic floor (which really seem to be helping me), Eyes, Legs, Fingers, Hands, Wrist, Arms, Back, Shoulders, Neck and Throat.
After a chapter on relaxation there are 4 programmes each for 15, 30 & 40 minutes and 1 for 60 minutes. Or just devise your own like I do for your specific needs. A highly recommended book for those unable (Yet!) to do standing yoga. There is a small section of standing yoga poses for when you are ready. I 'm looking forward to that day and to the day I can review standing Yoga DVDs.