Best Pilates Books
Here you will get Best Pilates Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Restorative Yoga for Beginners: Gentle Poses for Relaxation and Healing
Author: by Julia Clarke
Relax, relieve, restorea beginner’s path to healing with restorative yogaRecovering from an injury, an illness, or just interested in a natural way to relax? Restorative yoga focuses on simple poses in supported positions, encouraging deep relaxation so your mind can enter a peaceful, meditative state.
Dive in with an introduction to the spiritual origins and rejuvenating benefits of restorative yoga. Find the right position to reduce lower back pain, relieve stress, breathe easier, improve your energy, and even prepare your body for childbirthall with illustrated instructions to get you into and out of each pose safely and comfortably.
Restorative Yoga for Beginners includes:Take it easyMake restorative yoga a lasting practice with simple suggestions on what to wear and what props you’ll need. Strike a poseEase into 36 essential restorative yoga poses, including labels with the therapeutic benefits of eachand extend your practice for deeper healing with 20 sequences.
2. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga
Author: by Bernie Clark
This second edition of the best selling The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including detailed descriptions and photographs of over 30 Yin Yoga asanas.
This is an updated version of the book that has become the go-to resource for Yin Yoga teachers all over the world and has been required reading in many teacher training programs. All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the yin tissues of fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones, as well as the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system.
One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.
The second edition includesa more functional approach to the practice of yoga, emphasizing the concept of targeted areas; the importance of stress in reducing fragility and building antifragility; understanding the nature of creep and the importance of counterposes, with a revised list of effective counterpostures; many new photographs of the postures and their variations for different body types; a more current overview of the physiology of tissues and the energy body reflecting new understanding in the science of fascia and cellular signaling; and many other enhancements.
3. Pilates Anatomy
Author: by Rael Isacowitz
Take a detailed look at your Pilates practice with the superbly illustrated exercises in Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition. Choose from 46 exercises to target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. See which key muscles are activated, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, and movement are all fundamentally linked as you work to tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.
Use the Personalize Your Practice section for each exercise to vary your practice and customize your workouts to fit your needs. Here you’ll find modifications to make each exercise more accessible when there are limitations such as tight hamstrings or underdeveloped core strength.
Variations provide variety, and progressions are offered to add more challenge to each exercise and serve as valuable stepping stones on your journey to more advanced Pilates exercise. Also included are techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness, providing a unique exercise experience that enhances your body and your mind.
4. New Anatomy for Strength & Fitness Training: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action Including Exercises Used in CrossFit (R), P90X (R), and Other Popular Fitness Programs (IMM Lifestyle Books)
Author: by Mark Vella
Get an in-depth look into the most magnificent machine ever createdthe human body! Over 100 anatomical illustrations of 70 muscles in action, detailed and in full colorOver 75 exercises to increase your flexibility and strengthExpert instructions for exercises for strength training and gym fitness, stretching and flexibility training, yoga, Pilates, and bodybuildingLearn how each exercise works and understand how it shapes the body, with the science of movement, training concepts, and fitness principlesPerfect for beginners and advanced fitness practitioners alike, this is the must-have exercise reference for fitness enthusiastsUsing detailed anatomical illustrations, New Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training provides you with visual insight into what happens to the human organic machine during exercisemuscles and tendons working in concert to strengthen your body’s building blocks.
With this basic knowledge of how the body works, you can buff up your body with the book’s 75+ exercises, grouped by body region and involving gym machines, free weights, and body weight/stretching, as well as yoga and Pilates. Included are comparisons of contemporary training options from CrossFit and P90X to Zumba, SoulCycle, TRX, Orangetheory, and more.
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, 2nd Edition
Author: by Katy Bowman
Bestselling Move Your DNA has shaken up the health and fitness world with this message: there is more to movement than exercise. A landmark in explaining biomechanics. Dr. Joan Vernikos, Former Director of NASA’s life science division and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals.
It’s often said that movement is medicine, but rarely is the how behind the power of movement explained. It’s not only our whole body that’s moving; our cells are being moved as our limbs push and pull to locomote us around, and each movement moves our cells uniquely.
Some of the big ideas in this paradigm-shifting book include: The human body evolved to a tremendous amount of certain movementslike walking, squatting, hanging, and carryingloads our bodies still require to work well, even though they’re mostly gone from our convenience-centric culture.
Many of the ailments we face today relate to how little we move and how stiff our bodies are when we do move. Body issues are often more accurately symptoms of movement malnutrition. Why a physical therapist or personal trainer is coaching you in alignment or good form: we’re adapting most to our daily positioning!
6. Return to Life
Author: by Joseph H. Pilates
RETURN TO LIFE (3rd Edition/ Published 2010), is the original Pilates exercise book written by the creator and visionary of the Pilates method of exercise, Joseph H.Pilates. This book reviews the conceptual basis and philosophy of the Pilates method or Contrology’ and the original matwork exercises Mr. Pilates taught in the studio on 8th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City.
The model featured in this book is Mr. Pilates himself at the age of 60.
7. Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology: Revised Edition for the 21st Century
Author: by Joseph Pilates
First published in 1945, Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology contains the authorized, legal, edited, and original Library of Congress version of Joseph H. Pilates’ and William J. Miller’s first complete fitness writings. It details the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates.
Based on his concepts of a balanced body and mind, and drawn from the approach espoused by the early Greeks, these are the exercises that continue to sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques. Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise.
Readers will learn and view the original 34 exercises that Pilates taught to his students, many of whom have become exercise gurus in their own right. These carefully designed exercises constitute the results of decades of scientific study and research into the variety of physical ills that upset the balance of body and mind.
8. ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running
Author: by Danny Dreyer
The revised edition of the bestselling ChiRunning, a groundbreaking program from ultra-marathoner and nationally-known coach Danny Dreyer, that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and to prevent and heal injuries for runners of any age or fitness level.
In ChiRunning, Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well-known walking and running coaches, provide powerful insight that transforms running from a high-injury sport to a body-friendly, injury-free fitness phenomenon. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles, an approach found in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and T’ai Chi.
ChiRunning enables you to develop a personalized exercise program by blending running with the powerful mind-body principles of T’ai Chi: -Get aligned: Develop great posture and reduce your potential for injury while running, and make knee pain and shin splints a thing of the past.
Engage your core: Shift the workload from your leg muscles to your core muscles, for efficiency and speed. Add relaxation to your running: Learn to focus your mind and relax your body to increase speed and distance. Make it a Mindful Practice: Maintain high performance and make running a mindful, enjoyable life-long practice.It’s easy to learn.
9. Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited To You
Author: by Bernie Clark
Your Body, Your Yoga goes beyond any prior yoga anatomy book available. It looks not only at the body’s unique anatomical structures and what this means to everyone’s individual range of motion, but also examines the physiological sources of restrictions to movement.
Two volumes are provided in this book: Volume 1 raises a new mantra to be used in every yoga posture: What Stops Me? The answers presented run through a spectrum, beginning with a variety of tensile resistance to three kinds of compressive resistance.
Examined is the nature of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, bones and our extracellular matrix and their contribution to mobility. The shape of these structures also defines our individual, ultimate range of movement, which means that not every body can do every yoga posture.
The reader will discover where his or her limits lie, which dictates which alignment cues will work best, and which ones should be abandoned. Volume 2 will take these principles and apply them to the lower body, examining the hip joint, the knee, ankle and foot, and will present how your unique variations in these joints will show up in your yoga practice.
10. Pilates for Beginners: Core Pilates Exercises and Easy Sequences to Practice at Home
Author: by Katherine Corp
Pilates for Beginners is the new kick-start guide for building an at-home Pilates practice with step-by-step guidance and easy sequences. No matter your fitness levelwhether you’re in great shape or have never set foot in a gymlearning to do Pilates means going back to the basics.
Teaching you core Pilates exercises and easy sequences, Pilates for Beginners is the ultimate starter guide to confidently practice Pilates at home. From your first time on the mat to finishing a complete sequence, Pilates for Beginners develops your Pilates regimen with a progressive, easy-to-follow program.
Complete with clear instructions, photographs, and tips to do the exercises right, Pilates for Beginners is your go-to reference to keep your body supple and mobile, and add more life to your years. Pilates for Beginners gives you the information and guidance you need to make Pilates part of your daily routine with:Pilates 101 that explains the philosophy and guiding principles of PilatesCentering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flowto incorporate into workouts.
11. The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body- Without Machines
Author: by Brooke Siler
The Pilates method may be today’s hottest exercise, but it has been endorsed by physicians for almost a century. Originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to help strengthen and condition muscles, Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline, and realign their body without the bulked-up results of more conventional workout methods.
Now, in The Pilates Body, author Brooke Siler-one of the most sought-after personal trainers in the country and owner of New York’s top studio for Pilates training, re:AB-provides a complete, easy-to follow program of Pilates exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without machines.
With step-by-step instructions, Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises, each of which is clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and unique visualization exercises. With Pilates you will not only streamline your figure-you will dramatically improve your posture, flexibility, and balance, and enhance your physical and emotional well-being.
12. Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates and His Legacy
Author: by John Howard Steel
Last Leaf Press
The surprising story of Pilatesthe man and the method. Part biography, part history, and part memoir, “Caged Lion” untangles for the first time Joseph Pilates’s opaque life story and the perilous journey of his exercise program known the world over as Pilates.
This is the story of Joseph Pilates, a gifted man who immigrated to the United States at forty-three with no assets or credentials. He not only invented an exercise regimenwhich today is practiced by more than ten million peoplebut in the process, reinvented himself.
John Howard Steel brings Joseph Pilates and his eponymous exercise regime to life from his unique perspective as a student, friend, and confidant. Joe’s influence profoundly changed Steel’s life; in turn, Steel was crucial for the survival of the Pilates Method and Joe’s legacy.
Steel’s vivid account traces the expansion of Pilates from a small cadre of dedicated adherents, through two periods of near extinction, to the global sensation it is today. Steel describes Joseph Pilates’s years as a prisoner during World War I, Joe’s motivation to discover his system of exercises, his inspirational teaching technique, and the unique attraction of the Pilates Method.It’s quite a story.
13. Back RX: A 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- and Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain Fully Updated and Revised
Author: by Vijay Vad
The classic program for relieving back pain, revised and updated with the latest innovations in treating pain and maintaining mobility. Dr. Vijay Vad’s Back Rx program has helped readers with back pain, joint pain, arthritis, and related conditions for decades, using a clinically proven mind-body regimen to reduce pain and painkiller usage.
In this expanded edition, Dr. Vad explores the extraordinary innovations in managing pain to restore health and wellness not only to your back, but to your entire body. In addition to the stretches that are the touchstone of the program, Back Rx includes new information on The best overall eating regimen for back pain sufferers, including new guidance on the science of Intermittent Fasting (IF).
Exercise, including high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The use of medical marijuana and CBD oil (cannabidiol) to relieve back pain. The safest way to use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Developments in ergonomics, from furniture to clothes.
14. The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life
Author: by Aaron Alexander CR LMT
Grand Central Publishing
Use posture and body alignment to build strength, achieve peak performance, reduce pain, and find a new sense of confidence with celebrity manual therapist and movement coach Aaron Alexander. Good posture is about more than standing up straight: It can change your mood, alleviate pain, rid your body of stressful tension, and may be the difference between getting that raise you’ve wanted and attracting your ideal mate, or not.
But in order to reap all those benefits, the body must be properly integrated. Celebrity movement coach and manual therapist Aaron Alexander offers a revolutionary approach to body alignment to build strength, reduce pain, and put you on a direct path to peak performance that is both fun and accessible.
The Align Method centers on five daily optimizations that can be easily integrated into any workout, mindfulness practice, or daily life activity:Floor SittingHangingHip-HingingWalkingNose BreathingA truly aligned life isn’t limited to sweating in a gym or stretching in a yoga studio, and Alexander provides the fundamental principles to optimize your physical and mental process in any situation.
15. Your Spine, Your Yoga: Developing stability and mobility for your spine
Author: by Bernie Clark
Your Spine, Your Yoga is arguably the first book that looks at the spine from both the Western anatomical/biomechanical point of view and the modern yoga perspective. It is filled with detail, discussion, illustrations, and practical advice for spines of all types.
This emphasis on variety is welcome and necessary: no two spines are exactly alike, and no two people have the same biology and biography. What your spine is able to do may be vastly different from what other yoga students’ or teachers’ spines can do.
The human spine is unique in its structure and function. Primarily, it provides stability through the core of our body, allowing forces to be transmitted from the upper body (arms and shoulders) to the lower body (pelvis and legs) and vice versa.
Secondarily, the spine allows tremendous range of movement. Unfortunately, in modern yoga practice we find the primacy of these two functions reversed, with flexibility prized over stability. This focus on spinal mobility comes at a grave cost to many students.
16. Flat Gut After 50: 5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Core, Prevent Injury, and Look Great into Your 60’s and Beyond
Author: by Doug Setter
Imagine Having a Strong, Flat Stomach for the rest of Your LifeNow that you’ve passed the half century mark is your energy sagging like your waistline? Forget starvation diets and joint-jarring, lengthy cardio routines that can accelerate aging and injury.
Flat Gut After 50 teaches you five basic steps to easing back pain, strengthening the entire body, trimming your waistline and matching the strength and endurance of a person half your age. In Flat Gut After 50 you will discover:The ideal waist-to-hip ratio for a healthy and attractive bodyHow to adjust your posture for a flatter gut in minutesBreathing techniques that take inches off your waistline and give you more energy6-pack carving tricks of the tradeA basic abdominal workout that anyone can do at homeWays to reduce back pain, strengthen your lower back and protect it from injuryEffective ways to boost your metabolism so you burn more caloriesThe best diet for your body’s metabolic rateHow to change your mental programming to regain the strength and power of your early years.