The Manual of Yoga Anatomy

Step-by-step guidance and anatomical analysis of 30 asanas

The Manual of Yoga Anatomy
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Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780857625182
Publisher: Quad Books
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The essential introduction to the anatomy of 30 key yoga asana, or poses, this detailed guide explains what happens in your body on an anatomical level during the practice of yoga. Beginning with a clear breakdown of the musculoskeletal system and an introduction to yoga itself, the book explores 30 key poses in detail, with an easy to follow step-by-step advice on how to achieve the proper posture safely for each one plus options for practical modifications to allow for individual ability and injury. Alongside an in-depth analysis of each pose, including notes on the type of muscle activation, plane of movement, and axis of the spine, stunning full-colour illustrations show the musculature at work, allowing you to visualise what is happening in different parts of your body during each pose and increasing your awareness of anatomy. This is a must-have book for all serious yoga students, trainee yoga teachers, and all those with an interest in how the body works during movement.

The author

Joanna Culley is the founder and senior medical illustrator at, a specialist medical illustration agency based in Surrey in the UK. Joanna is a trained specialist in the creation of medical, scientific and anatomical imagery. She works with clients across the world to create high impact medical art and illustrations to improve the audience understanding of complex medical and anatomical information.
Joanna has won numerous awards for her medical illustrations including the Platinum Award from the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI). A recent award was the Gold Award from the IMI for her medical illustrations for this book. The award was given for exceptional use of technique, understanding and interpretation of the subject in the illustrations and fulfilment of the brief.
More information on Joanna Culley and how to contact her can be found at

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Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780857625182
Illustrations: Full Colour
Size: 8.504 in x 10.827 in / 216 mm x 275 mm

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