Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yoga over 50 or Conditioning for Dance

Yoga over 50: The Way to Vitality, Health and Energy in Later Life

Author: Mary Stewart


As our bodies begin to show the signs of daily wear and tear, and workout programs which once seemed effective no longer meet our changing needs, yoga can be the ideal exercise. Low impact and non-competitive, invigorating rather than exhausting, and with an emphasis on keeping the body supple and the mind relaxed and focused, the ancient discipline of yoga can be practiced at any time of life. The programs in Yoga Over 50 feature:

* Step-by-step descriptions of yoga positions for active and resting poses

* Programs suited to varying degrees of fitness, experience, and flexibility

* Exercises to relieve specific problems, including headache, stiffness, and insomnia Whether you're looking for an alternative to more strenuous exercise, or a gentle yet efficient way to stay fit, Yoga Over 50 will enable you to reach new levels of physical vitality and mental clarity.

Table of Contents:


What Yoga Is About History of Yoga Healthy Body


Standing Poses

Mountain and Tree Standing Forward Bend Wide Angle Pose Triangle Forward Bend Triangle Half-Lotus Standing Standing Twist Warrior Half-Moon Crane Angle Pose Twist

Chair Poses Upside Down Poses

Shoulder Stand More Shoulder Stands Plow Headstand More Headstands

Lying flat

Leg stretches Floor Twist Floor poses Sleeping Pose


Diamond Hero Child Dog Cobbler's Pose Cow Monkey Lotus More Lotus Poses

Forward Bends

Sitting Stretch Half-Bound Angle Half-Hero Forward Angle Pose Heron Tortoise


Locust Bow Bridge Wheel Cobra


Sage Sage Twist Half-Sage Twist Wide Angle Twist Salute to the Sun


How to Relax Breathing How to Breathe Breathing Exercises Meditation


Beginners' Programs Standard Programs Advanced Programs Problem Routines Index Acknowledgements

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Conditioning for Dance

Author: Eric Franklin

Conditioning for Dance improves your technique and performance in all dance forms by strengthening the body's core while improving your coordination, balance, alignment, and flexibility. The result is more lift without tension, deeper pliés, higher jumps with less effort, tighter turns, and improved extension and turnout.The innovative, proven techniques in this book will help you execute key movements better as you · strengthen the muscles you use in dance by performing exercises with elastic resistance bands;· start and move in proper alignment using imagery; · improve your balance and release tension through playful exercises with small balls; · develop leg and torso power that translates to higher jumps and tighter turns; and · optimize your flexibility through touch, movement awareness, and imagery.Conditioning for Dance features 102 imagery illustrations paired with dance-specific exercises to help you maximize body–mind conditioning. The book culminates with a 20-minute, full-body barre workout routine designed to help you warm up, condition, and refine your dance technique. By working the muscles through movements and ranges of motion that approximate the demands of your chosen dance form, you directly enrich your performance capabilities. And as you strengthen the body's core, stretch to gain just the right amount of flexibility, and incorporate the power of the mind, you unleash your full artistic and physical potential. From the PublisherAbout the AuthorEric Franklin has more than 20 years' experience as a dancer and choreographer. In addition to earning a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich, he has studied and trained with some of the top movement imagery specialists around the world and used this training as a professional dancer in New York.Franklin has shared imaging techniques in his teaching since 1986. He is founder and director of the Institute for Movement Imagery Education and is a guest professor at the Universities of Bern, Vienna, Dresden Linz, and Salzburg. Most recently he has taught at the Royal Ballet School in London and at the Royal Academy of Dance in Dublin. Franklin has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991 and teaches at universities, dance centers, and dance festivals in the United States and throughout Europe.Franklin is author of Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery and Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance. He also coauthored the bestselling book Breakdance, which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984. He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland, with his wife, Gabriela, and their two children.

Library Journal

Franklin (Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery; Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders) has formulated a conditioning manual for dancers that focuses on imagery, balance, flexibility, alignment, and strength. Franklin is founder and director of the Institute for Movement Imagery Education and has taught at the Royal Ballet School in London. Here he advocates the use of elastic resistance bands and balls to develop strength and includes an elastic resistance band and barre workout. Some chapter titles are "Strengthening the Center," "Reflexive Balance," and "Improving Turns, Jumps and Turnouts." Exercises are presented in a straightforward, step-by-step manner, accompanied by 102 illustrations that aid in visualizing one's skeleton and musculature. Dancers looking for more range of movement, power, or a way to address a specific problem will find this text valuable. Readers interested in kinesiology and sports medicine will also appreciate it. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Barbara Kundanis, Batavia P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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