The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II
The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II

This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga.

Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume II of the series illustrates the correct muscle use during key poses of hatha yoga. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.


Reviews of The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II

Review 1: Great for those new to anatomy in yoga teacher training!

I’m in a 200 hr. yoga teacher training and realized I needed a lot more knowledge about anatomy since I basically had (almost) NONE. Reviews of Kaminoff’s “Yoga Anatomy” got great reviews for those who had a basic working knowledge of anatomy already. For those of us who didn’t, many people recommended Ray Long’s 2 books, “The Key Muscles of Yoga” and “The Key Poses of Yoga”. So, that’s where I started. Dr. Long’s books are fantastic! Big color-coded pictures with limited (manageable) text.

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I started w/ “The Key Muscles of Yoga” as recommended; that gave me a basic working knowledge of the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, joints and their actions, insertion/origin, synergists, antagonists. Then I moved on to his next book, “The Key Poses of Yoga” which is fabulous!

Again – lots of detailed pictures with bulleted info about muscles in the legs, pelvis, arms, back, shoulders that are or should be engaged in the pose to make it a safe and effective pose. This info will be really helpful when teaching the “what & why” anatomical details of a pose. His chapters are organized around backbends, forward bends, twists, hip openers and the like. I highly recommend both of his books.

After this, I think I’ll be ready for the more in-depth detail in Kaminoff’s book, “Yoga Anatomy”. Already though, I feel like I have a enough basic information to teach poses safely. I know there’s a lot more to learn in this regard, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!

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Review 2: Five Stars!! The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II Paperback

amazing book!!

This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume II of the series illustrates the correct muscle use during key poses of hatha yoga. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.

Review 3: Great Book – Kindle Download Needs Updates

Excellent book. Highly recommend the physical book. But the tablet download needs updates. On the kindle version several of the diagrams (not all, but several), you can not read the letters on the diagrams because they are too small. When you increase the diagram size, the letters become blurry. I wish they would fix that.

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