Yoga Chick: A Hip Guide to Everything Om

Yoga Chick: A Hip Guide to Everything Om

by Bess Gallanis


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Welcome to Yoga Chick's world, where girls on the go maintain their glow through a healthy and natural lifestyle! Yoga isn't just about exercise, it's a way of life. It's the flow that's created when mind, body, and spirit are working in three-part harmony. For both the blossoming beginner and the experienced yogini, Yoga Chick's six fully illustrated yoga sequences are the first step toward building lean muscle and flexibility, improving core strength, increasing your energy and managing your mood. To maintain your glow, turn to Yoga Chick's nutrition tips and tasty recipes, natural beauty treatments. Achieve balance with relaxation techniques, guides to aromatherapy, the healing power of gemstones. And learn to listen to the wisdom of your own voice through meditation and journaling. Whether you are stepping onto your mat or off the fast track, Yoga Chick is your guide to style, strength, and serenity!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446694322
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/05/2006
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

Read an Excerpt

Yoga Chick

By Bess Gallanis

Warner Books

Copyright © 2006 Bess Gallanis, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-69432-0

Chapter One

Yoga's Ancient Beginnings

Yoga originated in India more than five thousand years ago. Inspired by Hindu mythology and later influenced by Buddhism, it is an ancient lifestyle that promotes natural approaches to health and wellness. Though many people seek spirituality through their yoga practice, it is not a religion in the traditional sense. Yoga is the philosophy of uniting the mind, body, and spirit: One who is at peace with herself is in harmony with other people, nature, and the universe. Nearly two thousand years ago, an Indian philosopher named Patanjali defined yoga in a book called the Yoga Sutra. Patanjali condensed thousands of years of yoga tradition into 195 brief passages that defined the health practices, breathing exercises, meditation practices, and moral code of the yoga lifestyle.

After Yoga Sutra was published, yoga continued to evolve. Sri T. Krishnamacharya, an influential Indian teacher and healer who lived during the twentieth century, taught people how to coordinate their breath while performing a continuous series of poses to create the active yoga practice called Flow yoga.

Building on his work, three of Krishnamacharya's students developed their own yoga styles that define contemporary yoga practices. Pattabhi Jois developed Ashtanga yoga,also known as power yoga. B. K. S. Iyengar developed the Iyengar style of yoga, which is also referred to as gentle yoga. He taught people to adapt yoga poses to their physical ability by using props like blocks, straps, chairs, and bolsters. T. K. V. Desikachar introduced Viniyoga, which promotes yoga practice as a vehicle for self-discovery and personal growth.

The Yoga Sutra summarizes the main principles of the yoga lifestyle in the Eight-Limbed Path. The Eights Limbs are moral discipline, self-reflection, exercise and healthy habits, controlling the breath, looking inward without becoming distracted, sustained concentration, meditation, and finding ultimate peace.

It would take a lifetime of study and devotion to each of the Eight Limbs to have a full appreciation for what it takes to travel the yoga path to finding ultimate peace. In Yoga Chick we practice the basics: yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. Once you get the hang of these fundamental skills, you will be well on your way to a healthy and natural lifestyle.


Excerpted from Yoga Chick by Bess Gallanis Copyright © 2006 by Bess Gallanis, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Customer Reviews