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- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 440 pages
- Dimensions: 203mm x 251mm x 28mm | 703g
- Publication date: 7 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
- ISBN 10: 1556438850
- ISBN 13: 9781556438851
- Illustrations note: 158 Black and White Photos, 12 Black and White Illustrations
- Sales rank: 8,602
"Teaching Yoga" is an essential resource for new and experienced teachers as well as a guide for all yoga students interested in refining their skills and knowledge. Addressing 100% of the teacher training curriculum standards set by Yoga Alliance, the world's leading registry and accreditation source for yoga teachers and schools, "Teaching Yoga" is also ideal for use as a core textbook in yoga teacher training programs. Drawing on a wide spectrum of perspectives, and featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, the book covers fundamental topics of yoga philosophy and history, including a historical presentation of classical yoga literature: the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Pataljali, and the main historical sources on tantra and early hatha yoga. Each of the eleven major styles of contemporary yoga is described, with a brief history of its development and the distinguishing elements of its teachings. Exploring traditional and modern aspects of anatomy and physiology, the book provides extensive support and tools for teaching 108 yoga poses ("asanas"), breathing techniques ("pranayama"), and meditation. "Teaching Yoga" offers practical advice for classroom setup, planning and sequencing classes, as well as the process involved in becoming a teacher and sustaining oneself in the profession. The book has over 200 bibliographic sources, a comprehensive index, and a useful appendix that lists associations, institutes, organizations, and professional resources for yoga teachers.
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An esteemed yoga instructor who has trained over 1200 yoga teachers, Mark Stephens conducts classes, workshops, and retreats worldwide. The founder of Yoga Inside Foundation, L.A. Yoga Center, and the recipient of Yoga Journal's first annual Karma Yoga Award in 2000, he lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, CA. Foreword contributor Mariel Hemingway is an actress and longtime yoga practitioner and teacher.
"Whether you're already a yoga teacher, aspiring to be one, or just seeking to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga, Mark Stephens' thoughtful, eloquent, and thorough book would be a valuable addition to your library... In "Teaching Yoga," he covers all the basic topics you'd hope to find in a comprehensive teacher training class... Stephens' deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the practice and fruits of yoga constantly illuminate his writing. That spirit gives force to his gentle insistence that all yoga teachers must look inside to find - and share with their students - their own authentic expression of yoga." --"Yoga Journal" "Mark Stephens's all-encompassing tome for both new and experienced teachers [offers] an exhaustive overview of philosophy, history, yoga styles, and guidelines for practice... Authoritative and engaging, but never dogmatic, "Teaching Yoga" will help instructors fine-tune their classroom skills and empower their personal practice." --"Yoga+Joyful Living Magazine " ""Teaching Yoga" by Mark Stephens is a great resource, not just for yoga teachers but for practitioners of all levels. It covers everything from yoga philosophy and history to the intricacies of the poses, breathing practices and meditation... The foreword is sweetly written by Mariel Hemingway and only serves to enhance this must-read for any practicing or aspiring yogi."" --Wisconsin State Journal " "Mark Stephens, a teacher of teachers, has created a comprehensive and inspiring guide for yoga teachers and serious practitioners alike. In these pages, he offers us the fruit of his years of rigorous practice, his deep contemplation, and his understanding of what really matters in yoga. Filled with tips and secrets for finding the inner core of asana, gently but firmly puncturing myths, this book is a brilliant merger of traditional wisdom with contemporary rigor and insight. It should be on the shelf of everyone who loves the practice