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Yoga Anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews

This is a pretty solid anatomy guide for anyone that practices yoga and wants to understand the poses - what the muscles are doing, what the joints are doing, how your body is affected by stretching/pulling/breathing.

The illustrations are great, highlighting the primary muscles involved, showing how the weight should be distributed and what's anatomically going on.

I do love the explanations for each asana, how different movements change the focus and stresses on the system, and I really like that the book starts out with basic anatomy lessons.   Even though I have a background in biomedical sciences, it's a good refresher, and also helps clarify what the author is trying to say when describing each pose.


The book is also well laid out, having sections categorizing the different asanas (sitting, inversions, back bending, etc.)