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A gifted teacher reveals the miracle that is your body, combining science, yogic wisdom, and liberating movement practices.
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“Meta” means “beyond”—and in MetaAnatomy, celebrated yoga teacher Kristin Leal takes us far beyond our limited understanding of our amazing human bodies. In this information-rich and accessible resource, you’ll do more than label parts of your physiology and identify your energy systems. You’ll develop a new level of “body literacy”—a deep and vital relationship with the physical, emotional, and energetic aspects of your being.
Kristin writes in an inviting, lighthearted style that makes complex concepts imminently understandable. Here, you’ll explore:
• The Physical—meet the marvelous “meat suit” of your body’s bones, muscles, joints, and nerves
• The Poetic—a deep dive into your breath, brain, heart, and the subtle energy systems that bring it all to life
• The Practical—how to make lasting changes to your health, spirituality, and relationship with the world around you
• Mini-practices, meditations, insights for students and teachers of yoga, and much more
What makes Kristin’s approach so powerful is that you’ll be learning about yourself as more than a collection of parts, but as a unified being of body, mind, and soul—interwoven and interdependent with the world around you. “You are a symphony of synapse and strength; valves and vulnerability; potential, power, and promise,” she teaches. “It is my hope that these teachings and practices will ultimately lead you to remember and honor your fundamental wholeness.”
“Kristin’s most recent book resonates with her clear commitment to cultivating the connection between our physical and our energetic anatomy. Her studentship makes Kristin a stellar teacher for us all.”
―Elena Brower, author of Being You, Practice You, and Art of Attention
“Can you imagine an anatomy book that you can’t put down? Well, Kristin Leal has written one! I laughed often and learned a lot reading MetaAnatomy. Wise and funny, this book will keep you laughing all the way through!”
―Amy Weintraub, founder of LifeForce Yoga and author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists, Temple Dancer, and Yoga for Your Mood Deck
“Kristin Leal has the remarkable talent of making anatomy come alive. With brilliance, humor and expert knowledge, Kristin reveals to us what we are made of and how we work.”
―Alan Finger, founder of ISHTA Yoga
“In MetaAnatomy, Kristin seamlessly weaves her considerable knowledge of science, philosophy, cutting-edge research, and timeless wisdom. Thanks to her insights and joy for sharing the intricacies of subtle anatomy, modern readers can now wade into this world in the most accessible, humorous, and insightful way imaginable.”
―Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga and author of The Four Desires
“Never in my life did I ever expect to use the words ‘delightful’ or ‘poetic’ to describe an anatomy book. But then again, nobody writes about anatomy quite like Kristin Leal. With unbridled enthusiasm and a wellspring of knowledge of the human body and spirit, Kristin takes us on a journey through the physical and energetic bodies and, in the process, helps us experience a greater connection to all that we are. Get this book! You’ll love it.”
―Linda Sparrowe, former editor of Yoga Journal and Yoga International and author of Yoga at Home