Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Publisher: Anita Perry
“It’s called YOGAMINUTE. Yes, one minute, sixty seconds. Even a busy person like you can carve out one minute a day,” Anita Perry insists in her book, Yogaminute.
At sixty-seven pages, this letter-size thin paperback book is targeted toward those who want to learn, understand, and practice yoga daily in a very short time period. After acknowledgements and an introduction, there are eleven chapters along with an index and author and photographer’s biographies. Photographer Allison Smith’s clear and expressive pictures are on almost every page depicting various yoga poses.
Doing yoga for almost thirty-five years, the second grade teacher and author believes that everyone has a minute a day to do yoga. Although some of the poses would indeed take more than a minute to accomplish, the idea of concentrating on this philosophy throughout the day is promoted. Even the writer’s dog, Mocho, encourages the reader at the end of each chapter.
The first chapter explains the concept, gives a brief history, cites the eight limbs every yogi aspires, mentions it is not a religion but is “also to be with the Divine, a power higher and greater than oneself,” and lists its benefits to the body, mind, and spirit.
The second chapter is how to use the book but never mentions minutes or time it takes to do the poses (neither do any other chapters except to say how many sets to do and the dog confirms at the end to keep doing Yogaminutes). It does offer website and email information for any questions or concerns.
Listing almost fifty poses in numbered paragraph format with one photograph each, the next eight chapters concentrate on parts of the body such as breathing, neck and shoulders, standing stretches, twists, hip openers, back, abdominals, and relaxation techniques.
In addition to giving a common name for the pose such as throat breathing, shoulder shrug, warrior series, chair twist, supine pigeon, downward dog, and sphinx, Sanskrit names are included such as Sitali breathing, Virabhadrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Upavistha Konasana, Majariasana, Navasana, and Makarasana.
Since yoga is one way to stretch muscles, relieve stress and tension, and develop self-control and discipline, it may be the perfect answer of a quick release for busy individuals who do not have time to go to the gym, walk around the block, or get exercise, but hopefully it can be done more than one minute a day to reap noticed benefits.
This book was furnished by the author in lieu of a review based on the reader’s opinion.