Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers

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Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers

Functional Anatomy of Yoga is a rare gem. This book, released 31 July 2014, enables both the casual reader and the seasoned practitioner to understand and implement the anatomical structure and function of the body in yoga. Written with a conversational tone, the book delivers the complex subject of human anatomy in a way that is both provocative and clear.

The underlying theme of the book is integration. David Keil outlines how yoga teachers and practitioners can utilize a deeper understanding of their anatomy as they approach the larger scheme of yoga. How do the supposed “parts and pieces” of the body synchronize to support integrated movement? Finally, how do the various yoga postures interrelate from the perspective of functional anatomy?

Not only is David Keil an authority on the subject of anatomy, but he also has the wisdom and first-hand experience of a skilled yoga teacher and practitioner. He has been presenting the subject of anatomy in a way that is interesting, meaningful, and applicable to teachers and students alike since 2000.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour images and photographs to clearly explain the concepts and asanas, Functional Anatomy of Yoga will assist readers in reaching new heights in their yoga practice using the “laboratory” of the body and the tools of yoga asana.

Chapters include: The Basics of Functional AnatomyComparing the Upper and Lower Extremitiesand Anatomical Patterns in Asana among others.

Keil says: “After reading this book, you will be filled with information that inspires you to think critically. You will have the tools to hypothesize what’s going on in a student’s (or in your own) body and what to do about it. As you read, your understanding of what anatomy means will expand and you will begin to explore your body as an integrated whole; you will begin to experience asanas not as individual postures but as elements that are related to one another in the context of a greater whole. Functional Anatomy of Yoga aims to help both teachers and practitioners to merge your intellect with your physicality.”

ISBN: 978-1-905367-46-7; Pages: 336; RRP: £19.99 Available from:

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