Higher Education

Yoga for Fitness and Wellness, 2nd Edition

  • Ravi Dykema Naropa University, Boulder, CO
  • ISBN-10: 0840048114  |  ISBN-13: 9780840048110
  • 192 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $54.00
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Cengage Learning Activity Series From aerobics and yoga — to bowling, tennis, weight training, and more — Cengage Learning offers a complete line of activities texts to meet your teaching needs. Written for individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds, the Cengage Learning Activity Series goes beyond the mere fundamentals, showing students how to improve, excel, and simply get more enjoyment from their favorite physical activities. YOGA FOR FITNESS AND WELLNESS, 2nd Edition, introduces students to the ancient practice of yoga. Covering the history and philosophy of yoga and the theories of Hatha Yoga specifically, the text also explores yoga exercises, including breathing, stretching and strengthening, and relaxation and meditation.

Features and Benefits

  • The style of yoga covered is universal, appropriate to any class that emphasizes yoga poses and their benefits. Unlike many yoga manuals which teach only one style, the author discusses many styles of yoga and presents the basic elements of most modern yoga systems.
  • Appropriate for all skill levels, the text presents the basic skills for yoga, including over 50 of the most commonly taught poses with accompanying photos, making it a great resource in and outside of the classroom.
  • Beyond the basic practice skills presented, this text uniquely gives thorough coverage of the history and philosophy of yoga, providing a comprehensive introduction to this increasingly popular form of exercise.
  • Included formulas and instructions on how to enter, hold, and exit each pose make it easy to learn the proper techniques.
  • Sanskrit names, pronunciation guides, and an English translation for every practice in the text as well as key concepts in yoga's history and philosophy, enable students to understand yoga writings and discuss yoga intelligently with other students and practitioners.
  • The accompanying web-based Instructor's Manual includes tips for grading, sample course schedules, and sample quizzes to help you in course preparation.
  • Appendixes including a list of yoga organizations, reading suggestions, descriptions of the 17 major yoga styles in the USA, advice on becoming a yoga instructor, and suggestions for designing a home practice give students many ways to continue their study of yoga beyond the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Yoga?
2. History of Yoga.
3. Yoga Philosophy.
4. Yoga Theory: The Yoga of Balanced Energy.
5. Breathing in Yoga.
6. Postures.
7. Meditation/Relaxation.
8. Yoga for Special Needs.
9. Putting It All Together.
Pronunciation Guide.
Yoga Resources.

What's New

  • Photos and figures now appear in a 4-color design format to engage students, especially visual learners, and easily demonstrate yoga poses.
  • Resources have been updated to keep the text current. Extensively researched, the text lends credibility to the class it accompanies. It deepens the readers' understanding of and appreciation for this ancient tradition.
  • Updated poses give students detailed explanations to help them better understand and practice the poses, making it a great resource in and outside of the classroom.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ravi Dykema

Ravi Dykema attended Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio from 1970-71. He studied Yoga in Pondicherry, India with Swami Gitananda at his traditional Yoga school, called Ananda Ashram, from 1972-76. Mr. Dykema earned the rarely-given title, "Yogiraj," which means, "master of Yoga," and the title, "Yoga Chikitsaka," which means, "Yoga therapist." He became an instructor at Ananda Ashram in 1973 while studying there. Mr. Dykema has maintained a private practice in Yoga therapy and taught Yoga classes since then in Colombo, Sri Lanka (where he ran a Yoga center for 9 months), Milwaukee, WI, Madison, WI, Green Bay, WI (where he was a Specialist in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay), and Boulder, CO, where he resides currently. Mr. Dykema has been teaching at Naropa University since 1989 where he helped design a Bachelors of Arts degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with a Concentration in Yoga. He directs the Yoga Department at Naropa University and is an Adjunct Professor there. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In addition to his Yoga work, Mr. Dykema owns and edits a magazine called, NEXUS, Colorado's Holistic Journal. He has interviewed many of today's Yoga experts for his magazine.