am 20. März 2000
While OTHER how-to yoga publications or videos present an overwhelming (for me) amount of information in limited [beginner, intermediate, advanced]or unrealistic ways [20 poses in illogical sequences, with no indication of how they're affecting one's body], Kraftow here provides intelligent, logically organized and physically manageable information. He includes photos of most of the full sequences as well as what the poses look like when done inattentively [increasing the potential for injury]. Along with these, details on how to use each posture for individual comfort and maximum benefit are listed. I like the fact that the asanas are grouped by the major movement emphasized (forward bends, backward bends, twists, lateral bends), which provides a variety of options for daily/weekly practice; also, the sequences make sense and provide enough of a workout without exhausting the practitioner. I especially appreciate the inclusion of recommended sequences for particular ailments, both physical and psychological.
I have two criticisms: the first is that the directive captions (inhale, exhale, # of reps, etc.) for the photos have been put in confusing locations and are not large enough to be viewed clearly during practice. I've gone through all the illustrations whiting out (corrective tape is most efficient)the existing captions, printing clearly the directions in the spots where they are most easily seen, and adding more arrows or lines of demarcation so that I have a visual aid to grouping the sequences as intended. It has been worth the effort!
Second criticism: Kraftow urges the reader to use the book as a supplement to supervised practice, but of the yoga practitioners in my area, the ones I'm aware of teach Kripalu or Iyengar-style. I've sent one e-mail to Kraftow's address about this, but have not yet received a response.
am 2. Oktober 1999
I was fortunate to obtain an advance copy of this book at the recent SouthWest Yoga Conference. Over 100 copies sold out in 3 days. No wonder, for in a crowded field, this is a landmark book. Not only yoga therapy, but also for yoga practice in general. Based upon deep understanding of the principles of movement, breath and adaptation, many principles and illustrative examples of therapeutic yoga applications are presented for common aches and pains, chronic disease and emotional health. These sections are preceeded by short, relevant discussions of the anatomy and physiology involved. It is worthwhile to stress that the therapeutic applications are not isolated or stand alone examples but rather logically derive from the Viniyoga principles which are clearly, if succinctly presented in the first two chapters; Principles of Practice and Biomechanics of Movement. These explanations alone may be worth the price of the book for serious yoga students, for the Viniyoga principles are somewhat revolutionary from the perspective of many contemporary yoga practices in America. Yet, when well presented, they are eye opening, intuitive and persuasive, as I am sure many attendees of Gary's popular lecture "Reading the Body for Yoga Therapy" will attest.
am 19. Juni 2000
I was disappointed by this book. Not only did it not live up to its many reviews, but the models often do not show the posture in a 'professional' manner that should be exibited by a teacher. The result of this is a wrong impression of what the user should be doing with their shoulders / back / stomach during the various asnas.
In my view a far better book is Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit by D Farhi