Not everyone can do all yoga poses, but everyone can do all yoga actions.
When Candace and I joined hands to peacefully, lovingly and joyfully collaborate, we originally planned for one book. The universe indeed has a sense of humour considering how limited our initial vision. This glossary is the sixth (and we think final) book in what became our Creating Space: Yoga Actions series. Not only did one year of collaborative creation turn into five but other creative endeavours opened up as well — Yoga Actions 200- and 500-hour CYA Certified Teacher Training. And if that was not enough, we designed a 12-week whole-person transformation program — Foundation-Flow-Freedom — soon to be offered online.
One way to use this glossary in your practice is choose a pose from each category — standing, forward bending, inverting, back bending, twisting, sitting, core strengthening, and hip and shoulder opening — and create a linear sequence. Before you begin practicing the sequence, you may want to complete three to five Surya Namaskara (Beginner or Intermediate Sun Salutations) to warm up your entire body. Also, it is vital to end your practice with some variation of Savasana (Corpse pose) for five minutes or longer. This ending allows your body, mind and spirit to rest and rejuvenate before returning to your day.
This sixth book contains well over 700 photo images of asanas (poses) meant to illustrate approximate expressions of each pose. We hope this glossary, as well as all our collective works, enable you to find your foundation of truth, to flow peacefully through your life and to freely express who you are.
Maxine Tymchuk wrote:
I have had the privilege of practicing under Helen's guidance, along with using the books previously produced by Helen and Candace. Their guidance and resources are greatly valued in planning classes and deepening my own practice. The Yoga Actions Glossary provides pose variations that are suitable to any "body" allowing the greater population an opportunity to begin a gentle practice and possibly move towards enjoying the benefits gained from a regular yoga practice. I look forward to including this reference into my teaching resources.
Beautifully organized, the Asana Glossary ties together the Creating Space Yoga Actions series in its many forms, depicting years of wisdom, knowledge and experience by highly skilled teachers who love what they do.
"Set your roots, build your foundation and let the yoga actions grow from a place of stability."