Book: “Yoga Bones: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Pain and Orthopedic Injuries Through Yoga” by Laura Staton
Genre: Health/Fitness, Self-Help
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher Hachette Books for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
“Yoga Bones” takes a clear and straightforward approach to life’s most stressful and nagging orthopedic issues. The book provides specific yoga techniques that will assist readers with fighting against common orthopedic injuries and disorders found within the spine, knees and shoulders. The book is divided up into the axial and appendicular joints and then is further broken down into specific body parts and bones. This organization makes it easy to follow along with the text but also to recall specific information at a later date when something in particular is needed. The book features clear instructions and pictures which will help readers recreate their own version of this Yoga practice at home.
As an athletic trainer myself, I loved seeing this book! The importance of orthopedic health on stress levels and general health cannot be overstated! It is critical to maintain good flexibility levels in order to have proper biomechanics and keep the human body (aka the most amazing machine!) running smoothly!
The book does dive into some discussion on chakras and other concepts from the more spiritual side of yoga, but I enjoyed it. These tangents (Yes… I did consider them tangents, which probably means that I need these things even more!) were short and well placed and I did not find them detracting from the overall text. Rather, I found the information to be interesting and insightful.
The book also includes a lot of tidbits that are helpful hints for patients and people focused on wellness! Things like alternate uses for a racquet ball (p.266) or how to use a folded up towel during Yoga (p.237) are included and will help the reader to get the most out of the book. The only complaint that I have about this book is that I would have liked to see more information geared towards a younger or more active population. However, all of the exercises and poses included in the book can be made more difficult or made easier depending on the person’s need.
Recommendation: Pick this one up if you are a budding Yogi (or Yogini) or if you struggle with chronic joint pain and are looking for some easy stretches and exercises to do at home. Don’t forget to always speak with your doctor prior to beginning any workout or physical activity program!