Stretching Exercises Encyclopedia
Designed to demonstrate the benefits that regular stretching has upon health and wellbeing, this compendium of more than 100 exercises, illustrated with detailed anatomical drawings, highlights the function of the different muscles involved in each movement and offers guidance on correct posture as well as sensible precautions and common errors.
Muscle Exercises Encyclopedia
Illustrated by a specialist in anatomical drawing, this reference book offers more than 440 workouts designed to increase muscle size. Each entry comprises a clear description of the exercise, the muscles used while performing it, the correct stance and manner of execution and ways to adapt it according to need.
The Qigong Bible
The Definitive Guide to Energy Cultivation Exercise
This comprehensive introduction to Qigong, the ancient system of movement, meditation and breathing exercises designed to improve health, martial prowess and spiritual development, includes an illustrated guide to the basic stances and tips on incorporating the martial art into everyday life.
Close to Om
Stretching Yoga from Your Mat to Your Life
Written by the LA-based celebrity yoga teacher Andrea Marcum, this illustrated volume combines the teaching of poses with an exploration of yoga philosophy. Organized in three parts entitled ‘Awaken’, ‘Transform’ and ‘Unite’, each unit includes a detailed explanation of how to carry out a variety of mat exercises and goes on to offer tips on mindfulness and meditation.
Body Transformation Manual
The Ultimate 12-Week Workout Plan Suitable for Women and Men
This health advice guide acknowledges that physical training is only part of getting in shape, advising on nutrition and lifestyle as well as demonstrating specific exercise routines to provide a complete programme for weight loss and fitness.
Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day
In this guide to yoga for people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley explains the philosophy behind the exercises, describes how to adapt traditional poses to suit body shape, and shows that yoga can improve not only strength and flexibility, but also self-image.
Everyday Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen Your Posture
The hazards of a sedentary lifestyle can easily be avoided according to this manual, which explains the effect sitting has on the muscles, offers advice on posture and provides clearly illustrated exercises, most of which can be performed at a desk. Focusing on different sections of the body and featuring exercise sequences, readers are encouraged to work out their own routine – and make it habitual.
Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core
An Illustrated Guide to a Safe and Effective Core Training Program
By discussing the six fundamental principles of the Pilates method alongside a clear explanation of functional core anatomy, this illustrated manual demonstrates how to develop proper movement patterns without risking injury.
Working With Chi
Practical Ways to Harness Healing Energy
According to ancient Eastern thought, ‘chi’ is a form of energy that animates every living thing on earth and keeping it in balance is essential to health and happiness. This practical guide includes an overview of the philosophical origins of chi, its relationship to the elements and the human meridians, dietary advice and a photographic guide to Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises. Slightly off-mint.
8 Techniques for a Safe Full-Body Workout
Joseph Pilates developed his method to align the body, encourage core strength and build muscles using specially devised apparatus. Practised improperly, however, Pilates’s moves can cause injury. This guide, by a dance instructor and physical therapist, focuses on Reformer exercises and, using anatomical diagrams, describes eight movements and discusses how to perform them safely.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
Live Long, Live Strong
Taking a holistic approach to staving off many of the health problems associated with ageing, former Royal Marine Commando Patrick Dale explains the benefits that regular exercise and eating well can have on both physical and mental ability. Exercises designed to retain or even improve muscle strength, cardiovascular health, mobility, co-ordination and balance are followed by comprehensive advice on nutrition, and ideas to help keep grey matter alert. Slightly off-mint.