Yoga for Everyone

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I am in love with inclusive yoga books and body positive movement of any kind. This book is so wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone interested in movement that includes each and every body.
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This is an extremely helpful and wonderful book for any yogi who wants to deepen their practice. I highly recommend it.
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A really user friendly and well put together guide through 50 yoga poses that are friendly for every body. Loved the cover, love the photography inside. Could have used with a bit more explanation on some of the poses, and I"m yoga familiar. Otherwise, it was a great read.
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It can be ridiculously intimidating trying something new, especially when that something is all over the place and you don’t fit the physical image that is typically associated with it. Yoga is one of those things that everyone can do, but when you fall outside of the physical image typically associated with it, it can be terrifying and make you feel like you can’t do it and that you don’t belong. This book takes away that fear by being a complete introduction to yoga and giving new practitioners varying ways to do a yoga pose so that they can customize it to fit their body. It goes through 50 classic poses, with each pose having one to three variations that are photographed step-by-step with the varying models. These variations make it easy for you to find the way that best suits your body and ability.

The book is broken into four chapters: Yoga Basics, Standing, Balancing, and Reclining, Twisting, Folding, and Bending, and Sequences. Within each section, there are inspirational stories staring the author Dianne Bondy (a plus-size woman of color) and models of the book that are heartfelt and sincere. The author and models are of varying sizes, genders, and abilities, with one of the women being pregnant and one of the men a double leg amputee. 

The last chapter of the book is my favorites as it focuses on multiple sequences you can practice including a morning practice, sun salutation, bedtime practice, and easing back pain. Each of the sequences lists what poses are in that sequence and what page each pose can be found on. 

As someone who has never taken a yoga class in my life and genuinely used to consider it nothing more than expensive, fancy stretching, this book is one that I am glad to have read. It’s informational, inspiring, easy to follow, spectacularly put together – the photography is superb and it has a very light and energetic feel to it, and it has me wanting to pull out my several years old and only used a few times yoga mat and start practicing. I’m sure that the information in this book could be learned in any beginner yoga class, but for those out there like me that just would not be comfortable in that situation, this is a fantastic start to not only learn the basics and how you can tailor them to your body and ability, but also to help build up that confidence and courage that may one day see you walk into a yoga studio for a class. 

Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House for this free eBook copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you, Dianne Bondy, for writing an awesome book that is relatable to EVERYONE! "Yoga for Everyone" is a slam dunk for this genre which has a sea of books filled with images of models that are hard to relate to. Bondy breaks down all of the basic yoga poses with wonderful detail and utilizes the average person to model the moves themselves. The photographs are beautiful and content is spot on. Everyone can take this book and easily follow a yoga routine without a second thought.
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This book is filled with great illustrations and is for sure a great buy. One thing I need to mention is that this is a beginner's book. These poses are well known if you have a basic knowledge of yoga. 

For beginners, this is a wonderful book to start with. Not only does this give great yoga poses, it provides alternatives for those who can't do the traditional poses.
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I would and will definitely buy this book. I love how it goes through each yoga pose - with alternatives to accommodate any challenges and then also gives you set programs you can do on your own ! And so many photos !!!
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This book is exactly what the yoga world needs! As a bigger person, the pictures and modifications were so helpful that I ordered a copy for myself right away and another to gift a friend. Plus Dianne’s style is so encouraging and supportive, you will want to continue to explore your yoga practice. Yoga is for everyone with this essential book!
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I loved this title. Having modifications to suit larger body sizes for yoga is essential and not often taught in yoga classes at fitness centers is an incredible help. Now every size body can try yoga and reap its benefits without giving up on moves a larger body cannot do without modification. This is something I would refer to regularly as it helps keep me from too much weight stress on my joints with difficult moves.
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While the book illustrates a number of alternatives to enable everyone to participate in yoga, anyone who has had an introductory class in yoga would be aware of most of these methods.
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"Yoga for Everyone" makes yoga accessible for many different body types and abilities. There are many different variations for the various asanas to make stretching and strength building more attainable for all. The descriptions and pictures work well together, however, I recommend the smaller font with the arrows be changed so it is more readable.
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Really nice book! The photos are very helpful, and I appreciated all the different sizes, shapes, colors, and abilities of the models. It made me feel that I indeed could do yoga and succeed! A great introduction to yoga for anyone who wants to try it.
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This is an encouraging book of yoga designed to introduce it to everyone. There are 50 poses designed for anyone to do whether a person is old or young, big or small and a wide variety of ability. It gives various skill levels to the poses and easy to follow steps. It is also encouraging letting the reader know they can do it with the various options available in the book, which allows for everyone to do yoga with every body type. 
This book is helpful and well designed showing you step-by-step or instruction-by-instruction how to do the poses properly or how to use any prop correctly. Even if you have trouble with something there are many variations that could work for you as there are options available because the point of this book is to help every body. If you want to improve your balance, gain focus or improve strength this book could help you begin working on yoga to achieve your goals. If you have tried yoga before and had trouble or you thought about starting yoga, but didn’t know where to begin this is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga or start. It is a helpful yoga book for everyone and every body type.
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When the title says "Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses For Every Type of Body", it really is everyone; you see poses suitable for men, women, pregnant moms, elderly, amputees. The book accommodates for everyone, which was an absolute pleasant surprise while reading it.
It does this by having many variations, portrayed with lots of photos, so it's easy to follow
I was really impressed by this book due to the diversity of models and people used for poses.
The book doesn't stop there. There are also short bios of yoga instructors and enthusiasts and how they got into yoga. And it's quite inspirational, because they come from different type of careers and background, with different degrees of capability in yoga. I believe many people can relate to these people.
The representation is amazing; the book breaks away from the typical mold of an ideal yoga professional that is usually portrayed in yoga books, and takes an egalitarian approach of including all body types and capabilities.
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The author makes yoga an egalitarian pursuit open to all takers in this colorful guide. Photos feature the young, old, thin, curvy, pregnant, and differently abled making the ancient practice their own, with poses shown to fit their particular needs. A wonderful addition to the yogic canon, one I look forward to using to strengthen my aching back. 5/5 

Pub Date 02 Apr 2019.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. 

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"Yoga for Everyone" is a great book for those who are brand new to doing a yoga practice or those who need a refresher.  The book offers bright, colorful pictures of each pose with descriptions to make them super easy to follow.  I also love how each pose has several variations so literally anyone can participate.  I also love the sequence examples at the end which uses poses from throughout the book.  I have started doing the evening sequence on a regular basis and have noticed a difference in how long it takes to fall asleep.  I find that I am more relaxed and feel so much better when it's time for bed.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking to start or re-start their yoga practice!
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This book is so amazing! 

Yoga for everyone and every body type. Seriously! 
So many variations and well-photographed pictures that show you exactly what to do. 

I always felt bad when trying yoga (numerous times), because I could never achieve the poses showed by the instructors. Yes, they said I could modify it because I am a newbie, but I didn't know how to go about the modifications. 

And this is the main reason why I think this book is so amazing. It fills a gap that needed attention. It helps those of us that are not "fit" just yet. 

Besides all the modifications, seeing all those different body types is so helpful and encouraging, empowering even. It literally goes beyond telling yoga is for everybody, to actually showing you that yoga can be learned and perform by anyone. 

I read this book as someone that wants to learn to do yoga, but I can see this can also help yoga teachers to show their students how to go about adopting yoga poses and practices as beginners with less strength as flexible as a teacher that is probably practicing yoga for years and might not quite remember how it is intimidating for a newbie to see all those poses and balancing performed by a professional.

Yoga for everyone also shows you that the people in the book are not just models posing for the photographs. They are real people practicing yoga. Some even instructors themselves. 

This book is truly a valuable resource for anyone trying to learn yoga.
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This book is an amazing intro into yoga poses.
all broken down step by step, and the use of photos are just great.
The fact it shows and explains modifications step by step also is such a bonus.
I'd definatly recomend this for anyone interested in yoga.
Thanks to netgalley for providing an arc for an honest review
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I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients come to me and ask if there is a different way to do a yoga pose, that actually they can do. Dianne Bondy has written a wonderful book, that will reach the needs of many yoga enthusiasts. I think for most people just trying yoga for the first time, it can be a bit intimidating. I have had several conversations with people about the difficulty they experience when coming to a yoga class, they think they cannot possibly do it and should quite. “Yoga for Everyone”, will save a lot of people from missing out on the life changing experience you get from Yoga, by enabling anyone to do it.

I enjoyed the way the author displayed the original yoga pose, then on the next page, gave several variations depending on your body makeup, of poses that are unique to your individual needs. She covers all the basics of yoga, with 50 poses in this well written book, as well as sequences in the back you can include in your daily routine. Each is labeled to a particular personnel need you might have. The pictures instruct the reader with such clarity, that this is a great book for an at home yoga self-taught experience. 

I have been teaching yoga for 10 years now, and will be recommending “Yoga for Everyone” by Dianne Bondy to my clients, to reaffirm that they CAN do yoga.
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Other "yoga for everyone" type books I've read have been more manifesto than instruction. This simple book fills in the gap. With diverse bodies, large images, and thorough modifications, the book made me want to drop everything and practice now. I spent decades practicing yoga in the closet because I didn't think I looked the part. I love seeing a shift in the community's perception of what yoga looks like. A book like this will encourage many people to practice without feeling excluded.
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