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The essential guide to correcting yoga misconceptions and avoiding injuries in your practice from Judith Hanson Lasater, a yoga instructor, physical therapist, and bodywork expert.

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JUDITH HANSON LASATER has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew- Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga.Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.


"Yoga Myths is a breath of intelligence and fresh air in a field that is expanding so quickly that tradition, compassionate inquiry, and real communication sometimes slip away. Judith Hanson Lasater reminds us that we can hold too tightly to a simplistic instruction that might work well in one context, but which can then cause injury and imbalance in other contexts. She carefully teaches us the anatomy, physiology, mechanics, and-most wonderfully-the beauty and joy of the practice of yoga itself."-Richard Freeman, author of The Mirror of Yoga

"Why am I recommending this book? Simple. After my forty years of practice, Judith Hanson Lasater-who's already taught me so much over the years-still surprises me with her knowledge about yoga in particular, and life in general. An instant classic from one of our most complete teachers."-Richard Rosen, author of Yoga of Breath

"To all those ready to get serious about safety, longevity, and freedom in both their bodies and their yoga practices, look no further. Judith Hanson Lasater offers sound anatomical wisdom from her lifetime of practice and teaching. There is a wealth of essential, practical information to be savored in this book, one I will cherish for years to come."-Amy Ippoliti, author of The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga

"This wise and detailed guidebook (accompanied by black-and-white photos) will help students and teachers alike to remember to listen to their bodies and practice yoga with awareness."-Publishers Weekly

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