Leeann Carey's approach to yoga, the Yapana Way, provides a unique and insightful refuge from the imbalances of our frenzied lifestyle. In this book, she introduces a prop-supported practice that will help deepen and extend the benefits of yoga. This restorative practice meets you where you are, using props to extend the time you remain in a posture and encouraging self-inquiry, reflection, and relaxation. The use of props allows everyone to receive the benefits of these poses, regardless of physical ability or injury.
Restorative Yoga Therapy includes over one-hundred photos and clear instructions for seated and supine forward bends, back bends, twists, and inversions, as well as breath work and final relaxation poses. Carey also provides helpful hints and suggested poses to relieve common complaints, including stress, lower back pain, stiff shoulders, PMS and menopause discomfort, and overexertion.
Carey suggests that those who consider yoga simply an exercise regiment miss out on the transformative powers of a complete practice. When we pause to transcend competition with the self and others, we embrace the true essence and wisdom of yoga -- the development of presence and self-acceptance throughout all aspects of life.
Leeann Carey Yoga
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's been a long time since Judith Lasater published the wonderful Relax & Renew (the "bible" of Restorative Yoga), and as a result, there are very few Restorative Yoga resources out there for teachers and students. This book adds LOTS of poses and new variations to the basic repertoire, and it will get your wheels turning on how to be creative in your own practice, using props to "bring the pose to you," as she describes. She offers 10 practice sequences that you can do on your own, for low back pain, stiff shoulders, tight hips, pregnancy, stress relief, athletic recovery, etc. Almost every page features a picture, so you can visualize all the subtle details of customizing the practice for you or for your students. There is also great material on what Yoga Therapy is, and how Restorative Yoga fits into the healing that yoga has to offer. As a yoga teacher, I know I'll be drawing ideas and inspirations from this one for a long time.
NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book from the author.
Although Yapana Yoga Therapy is considered to be a type of restorative yoga, it is actually a bit more involved. As author Leeann Carey explains in the opening pages of this book, Yapana is a combination of DOING (dynamic) postures and BEING (relaxing) postures using yoga props; a Yamana practice also concludes with STILL, or final relaxation. BEING postures are held anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes, and the relaxation options include being STILL with or without props.
With respect to props, Carey provides detailed information on what is required for a Yapana practice. In addition to a mat, she recommends several yoga blocks, a yoga bolster, an available wall, a chair or stool, and multiple blankets appropriate for yoga usage (she also describes various blanket-folding techniques). Other props covered include belts, sandbags, foam roller, zafu, tennis ball, and eye pillow. Prior to addressing...
Leeann Carey is simply one of the most intuitive yoga therapists and yoga teachers in the industry. As a physical therapist, I highly endorse this as a wonderful resource for the yoga teacher working with clients with special needs (which is most of our students) and for the yoga therapist working with clients with medical issues. The sequences are well thought out and therapeutic. Highly recommend it for your library and to use as a practice for yourself. Chrys Kub, Physical Therapist ERYT 500
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