20-Minute Yoga Workouts

Alice Christensen, Author, American Yoga Association, Author, American Yoga Association, Joint Author
Alice Christensen, Author, American Yoga Association, Author, American Yoga Association, Joint Author Wellspring/Ballantine $14 (144p) ISBN 978-0-345-38845-2
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The people depicted in the photographs used throughout this effective, easy-to-follow guide are neither super-skinny nor overly muscled; one has gray hair, one is pregnant, one's tummy bulges over his waistband. Clearly addressing ordinary folk, Christensen breaks down each of her 20-minute practices into two minutes of breathing, two minutes of slow warm-up and eight minutes each of exercise and meditation. All the routines provide full-body toning. Some are very gentle. Several are quite challenging. Christensen suggests that meditation enhances one's ability to be in the moment and to concentrate. Her well-designed approach, explained in lucid, focused prose, allows readers to refer easily to what they need. Readers seeking help with certain positions, those interested in the philosophical basis of yoga or those seeking friendly support and advice will find that information here. (Aug.)
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