cover image Stretch and Relax

Stretch and Relax

Brenda Jackson, Mary Stewart, Maxine Tobias. HP Books, $18.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-89586-416-1

A highlight of HP's new Body Press line, this attractive large-format exercise guide offers a refreshingly sensible exercise alternative for men and women alike. Tobias and Stewart, students and teachers of yoga, integrate the principles of that ancient practice into daily 20-minute stretching sessions with the goals of lowering stress and enhancing body tone and flexibility. Included are precise and illustrated instructions on physical movement, body positions and alleviating stiffness and back problems. The regimen becomes progressively more complex but never requires additional equipment. A stretching routine tailored to the demands of pregnancy and the six weeks following delivery is especially valuable. Photos not seen by PW. October