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Anatomy of Hatha Yoga

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H David Coulter, PhD

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga—revised and updated with full-color illustrations and photos—is the most comprehensive and authoritative work available correlating the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. It is a must-have for anyone who is serious about studying or teaching yoga, and an invaluable resource for anyone in a field relating to physical conditioning. The author holds a PhD in anatomy and was a sought-after professor, teacher, and yoga practitioner for over thirty years. He lived and taught at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, and the University of Minnesota and Columbia University medical schools.

The book is unique in the literature, combining the breadth and depth of a textbook with the readability, humor, and flow of the great science writers of our time, while bridging the gap between bio-medicine and complementary medicine. In it you will find a comprehensive overview of yoga anatomy and physiology, with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.

The book presents the anatomy of yoga in scientific terms, while at the same time respecting its principles. The author discusses the basic premises of hatha yoga with foundational material accepted in biomedical sciences, expressly avoiding comment on non-physical concepts such as prana and the chakras. Postures are discussed in detail and depicted in excellent-quality color photographs, accompanied by anatomical diagrams to illustrate critical processes and muscle groups.


About the Author

H. David Coulter received a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in 1968. Dr. Coulter has been practicing yoga since 1974. He was initiated by Swami Veda, trained under Swami Rama and studied under Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the Himalayan Institute since 1988.

Product Details

Paperback: 622 pages
Publisher: Body and Breath; 1st edition (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097070061X
ISBN-13: 978-0970700612
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches

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