Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-11-22
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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" This comprehensive guide offers the tools and information you need... " Ken Germano, American Council on Excercise (ACE) Motivate your mind + excercise your body = Results! Take your energy to a new level with a holistic fitness program If you're looking for a fitness program that targets your mind as well as your body, look no further. Illuminating the leading holistic traditions and techniques, this friendly guide shows you how to set up a personalized workout that can not only increase your strength and flexibility, but also help you relax, focus, and maintain balance. Discover how to: Create a customized mind-body workout Gain flexibility and balance with Yoga Shape up with Chinese martial arts Tune your body with Pilates Explore the Alexander Technique, Body Rolling, and more The Dummies Way " ... Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies is an important contribution in making these excercises more accessible to everyone." -- Kathie Davis, ExecutiveDirector of IDEA, The Health & Fitness Source Get smart! www.dummies.com Register to win cool prizes Browse exclusive articles and excerpts Get a free Dummies Daily e-mail newsletter Chat with authors and preview other books Talk to us, ask questions, get answers

Author Biography

Therese Iknoian is president of the Total Fitness Network, a contributor to Walking<SUP>&#174;</SUP> and Your Health magazines, and a competitive race walker.

Table of Contents

Foreword xxv
Introduction 1(8)
Part I: Setting Out on the Mind-Body Path 9(52)
Making the Mind-Body Connection
Choosing Your Path
Finding What You Need: Garments, Gear, Space, and Instruction
Bringing You All the Movement Basics
Part II: The Science and Art of Mind-Body Methods 61(20)
Getting Your Mind and Body Fit and Healthy
Managing Your Health Mindfully
Part III: Yoga Primer and Postures 81(50)
You Go, Yoga! The Basics and Benefits
Preparing Yoga Postures
Lining Up Your Yoga Sequence
Part IV: The Flow of Ancient Chinese Mind-Body Arts 131(56)
Slowing Down with Tai Chi Chuan
Finding Your Inner Fountain of Energy with Qigong
Mixing and Matching Chinese Mind-Body Arts
Part V: Presenting Pilates 187(48)
Benefitting from the Power of Pilates Movement
Performing Pilates-Inspired Exercise
Picking a Pilates Lineup
Part VI: Exploring More Mind-Body Methods 235(68)
Trying Out the Modern Classics
Meeting the New Kids on the Mind-Body Block
Part VII: Pulling It All Together 303(28)
Making Mind-Body Your Fitness Lifestyle
Fitting Mind-Body Methods into a Complete Picture
Part VIII: The Part of Tens 331(22)
Ten Reasons to Try Mind-Body Workouts
Ten Physical Benefits to No-Pain, You-Gain Mind-Body Fitness
Ten Times to Take a Mind-Body Moment
Ten Tips for Finding the Best Teacher, Class, or Video
Appendix: Your Resource for More Mind-Body Fitness Ideas 353(12)
Index 365

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