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Power Yoga for Dummies,” presented by celebrity Doug Swenson, explains the philosophy and science behind Power Yoga. He gets you ready to take the leap into Power Yoga, and he arms you with all the essential tools for success.

In just a few years, Yoga has gone from an obscure spiritual discipline practiced by a handful of the “enlightened” in the Far East, to a mainstream exercise routine taught at gyms all across America. Now, at the turn of the new millennium, Yoga has a younger sibling, Power Yoga. A high-energy physical discipline embraced by Sting, Madonna, and thousands of other celebrities, professional athletes, and health advocates, Power Yoga takes the basics of Yoga and gives it a good healthy dose of aerobics to tone all your muscles, sharpen your focus, ease your spirit, and strengthen your heart.

Want to pump up your body and gain peace of mind? Power Yoga For Dummies shows you how. Featuring step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photographs that help you see each move clearly, it shows you how to:

  • Improve flexibility, strength, and endurance
  • Develop rock-hard abs, legs, and arms
  • Find an instructor and the right workout gear
  • Customize workouts for all ages and fitness levels
  • Enhance your practice with a partner
  • Beat stress, sharpen your focus, and lift your spirits
  • Three complete Power Yoga routines–beginning, intermediate and advanced
  • Exercises to improve specific areas, including flexibility, strength, endurance, and specific muscle groups such as your arms, abs, and glutes
  • Expert tips on diet and nutrition for enhancing your practice and improving your overall health
  • Specific postures and exercises that benefit women and seniors

A fun and easy guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this inspirational guide will help you unit a strong, sleek body with a sharp, clear mind.


From the Author

In writing Power Yoga for Dummies,” I was inspired to present a user friendly guide to the science, art and practice of Power Yoga. This book was written in a time when only a few realized- that this new style of yoga practice could build strength and muscles, while still preserving relaxation and mental clarity.

My first book- Yoga Helps,” printed in 1976, was inspired after I was involved in a terrible car wreck, which allowed me to see- problems can be gifts in disguise. Because of my accident I realized the true value of healing, and gratitude for simplicity- subtly laced into the teachings of yoga practice. This new-found perception allowed me to publish one of the first yoga books in the U.S. to introduce Ashtanga Yoga, along with a softer style of yoga practice.

My third book- Mastering Secrets of Yoga Flow,” is an evolution of my pervious publications, and expresses an essential need to allow yourself freedom to grow, to change, and to expand your practice. This book places immense value of the movements between each asana, as being just as important as the yoga pose itself. There is a saying, “The journey is everything,” and this allows you to learn value of your past, and direction for your future.

My fourth, and most recent book- Pioneering Vinyasa Yoga,” Is a reflection within the evolution of yoga practice, starting from a time when yoga was not as popular or accepted, and arriving to the present. This wonderful book offers a beautiful presentation, which is mindfully laced into heartfelt philosophy. This book includes all aspects of a holistic practice – with balanced practice routines, healthy nutrition, and pranayama, along with meditation and intriguing stories. The priceless wisdom in this book is organically cultivated, and vastly inspiring.—Doug Svenson

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ For Dummies; 1st edition (June 18, 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764553429
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764553424


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