• Author:
    Richard Weil, MEd, CDE

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

What resources are available for people interested in yoga?

  1. Hatha Yoga Manual I by Samskrti and Veda. It's out of print, but it's available used online and it's my favorite yoga book. It's simple and has pictures and descriptions of many of the poses you'll learn as a beginner. Manual II in the series is also worthwhile.
  2. YogaKids 3: Silly to Calm for Ages 3-6 (DVD)
  3. Prenatal Yoga Complete by Bodywisdom (DVD)
  4. Yoga for Pregnancy, Labor & Birth by Colette Crawford, R.N. (DVD)
  5. Yoga on the Ball: Enhance Your Yoga Practice Using the Exercise Ball by Carol Mitchell (Book)
  6. Yoga on the Ball by Candace Copeland (DVD)
  7. On the Ball: Yoga Workout for Beginners with Sara Ivanhoe (DVD)
  8. A.M. and P.M. Yoga for Beginners by Rodney Yee (DVD)
  9. Yoga Journal
  10. Yoga locator
  11. Yoga locator
  12. Equipment
  13. Sanskrit dictionary
  14. Yoga locator
  15. Equipment
  16. Equipment

Search online for "yoga DVDs" or "yoga videos" and you'll get lots of other resources.

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