Author(s): C. Alexander Simpkins and Annellen Simpkins
Do you want to learn yoga, but don't know where to begin. Are you looking for a teacher? Are you taking a class but confused by the unfamiliar terms used to describe the challenging postures?Whether you're just getting started, or you've already been training for a year or two, Yoga Basics offers an easy and yet comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know to feel confident and be successful.The origins of yoga-its philosophy, history, and different stylesHow to find a teacher and class-that are right for youGetting ready for your first class-what actually happens in a yoga class?These essential elements-breathing, sitting postures, standing postures, balancing postures, and inverted posturesHow to complement your yoga practice-with meditation and relaxation techniquesEffective ways to promote health and well-being through specific sequences-for flexibility, strength, weight loss, stress-relief, and relaxationResources-to help you develop knowledge and understanding of yoga.
C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, and Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD, are psychologists specializing in meditation, hypnotherapy, and neuroscience. The Simpkins studied at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City in the early 1970's and have since incorporated those principles and practices into the martial arts they have been teaching for over 40 years. They are authors of 28 books on Eastern philosophy, martial arts, psychology, hypnosis, and meditation, including yoga meditation. They practice and teach their own martial art, Tae Chun Do, combining meditation with movement.