The Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Motion

By Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

The Concise e-book of Yoga Anatomy is the definitive consultant to the learn of yoga anatomy--a ideal significant other ebook for any yoga instructor or practitioner trying to comprehend the biomechanics of the physique because it applies to yoga perform. The ebook is visually designed in quickly reference layout to provide worthy information regarding the most skeletal muscle groups which are vital to yoga, with asanas to illustrate the actual muscular tissues and muscle tissues. Over 230 complete colour illustrations aspect each one muscle's foundation, insertion, and motion with a view to essentially exhibit how the muscle mass come into play within the hobbies and postures of yoga. 

wisdom of yoga anatomy is paramount to the facility to coach or perform with out harm to oneself or others. With this starting place in position, it really is attainable to target the non secular section of yoga in addition to the actual. Yoga is a union of the 2, so the place applicable, the extra profound aspect of the perform is pointed out because it pertains to the physique.

The Concise publication of Yoga Anatomy illustrates the shape and serve as of the muscle mass first, then interlays the muscular tissues into the yoga posture for complete knowing in a transparent and built-in manner, explaining the means of the asanas, in addition to different vital points of yoga: pranayamas, the bandhas, and chakras.

Table of Contents
approximately This Book
1 Anatomical Orientation
2 muscle mass of Respiration
three muscle mass of the Face and Neck
four muscle tissue of the Spine
five The Deep middle and Pelvic Floor
6 muscle tissues of the Shoulder and higher Arm 7 muscular tissues of the Forearm and Hand
eight muscle groups of the Hip
nine muscle tissues of the Knee
10 muscular tissues of the Ankle/Foot
common Index
Index of muscle tissues

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This can be a type of energy education. yet to “get there and go back from” a given place, muscle groups often agreement concentrically or eccentrically. to raised comprehend those suggestions, reflect on the subsequent research of Boat Pose (Navasana). determine 1. forty four: Boat Pose—in Sanskrit, Navasana. Boat Pose (Figure 1. forty four) is principally a hip flexion and spinal extension asana. If the palms are achieving ahead, shoulder flexion is further. procedure: the most muscular tissues which are contracting concentrically (shortening) opposed to resistance (gravity) “to get there” are the hip flexors: rectus femoris, sartorius, and iliopsoas. The hip adductors aid to maintain the legs jointly. The quadriceps muscle groups additionally agreement to maintain the knees immediately. (If this pose is just too demanding, the knees can bend and palms could be put on the ground. ) If the pose is finished competently, the deep posterior muscle tissue (transversalis, and so forth. ) and different powerful backbone extensors (e. g. , erector spinae) also will agreement to straighten the backbone opposed to the resistance of gravity. hence all of the contracting muscle mass are the agonists (the movers, or mobilizers), and their antagonists are the muscle mass at the contrary part of the movers: the hip extensors (gluteus maximus and hamstrings), knee flexors (hamstrings), and spinal flexors (abdominals). on the shoulder joint, the arm flexors (upper pectoralis significant, anterior deltoid, biceps brachii, and coracobrachialis) are operating to carry the fingers ahead in flexion opposed to gravity. Stabilizers: The psoas significant is appearing as a stabilizer for the hip and lumbar backbone, and as a synergist with the iliacus in hip flexion. different deep center muscle tissue, equivalent to the transversus abdominis and quadratus lumborum, are stabilizing the decrease backbone to boot. The query is, what are the abdominals doing? you will definitely think them operating during this posture. The rectus abdominis and obliques are literally stabilizing, appearing to carry the posture and aid the lumbar backbone. Descent: to return out of the pose, the agonists, in particular on the hip, needs to now agreement eccentrically (lengthen) to maintain the legs from slamming into the ground. In different phrases, they keep watch over the move towards resistance, in any other case gravity may reason the downward circulate to be too quickly. In Navasana, the muscle mass being stretched are often the hamstrings, specially if the knees are straightened. If the fingers are ahead, the latissimus dorsi, teres significant and minor, infraspinatus, posterior deltoid, and triceps are lengthened to a point. those are muscle mass situated posteriorly (on the again) that reach the shoulder joint. The shoulder girdle is mounted neutrally. a tremendous be aware: All muscle tissues be ready to be agonists, antagonists, synergists, and stabilizers (fixators). The function of the muscle relies on the move being played. A muscle could be a basic mover, and different muscle groups that could do an identical move are known as “synergistic” the place they relief the first muscle or turn into secondary movers or supporters of the placement. occasionally the time period “neutralizer” is used in addition to “synergist” whilst a muscle acts to cancel out an undesirable stream via one other muscle (usually a muscle which could paintings joints, referred to as “biarticulate”).

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