YOGA: Physical Education for Women

YOGA: Physical Education for Women

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Item Code: IDG518
Author: Sitadevi Yogendra
Publisher: THE YOGA INSTITUTE
Language: English
Edition: 2015
Pages: 190 (22 B & W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.1
About the Book :

This is the first and only scientific text especially written for women by a women, Smt. Sitadevi, to guide the gentle sex in their study of Yoga. She is the medical practitioner-in charge of the ladies' section at The Yoga Institute of Santa Cruz. The Curse has been evolved after 50 years of clinical and laboratory investigations to suit the essential requirements of women.

"Mrs. Sitadevi understand Yoga herself and is able to make others understand it too."                                                                                      - Illustrated Weekly of India

       " The first Indian lady to pioneer in the field of Yoga who has proved that Yoga can be practiced and perfected by women."                                                                                                                                               - Blitz.

       "The first book ever to be written on the secret practices of Yoga by a women for women. It is still the only text."

                                                                                                                                              -Sunday Times.

       " Indeed a characteristic of the book is the uplifting of the mental and spiritual natures which these exercises will bring about."
                                                                                                                                              - New Health

         "Smt. Sitadevi has been invited by the Women's Health Federation of America as an official delegate at the World Health Welfare Congress in appreciation of her contribution to health literature adapted to her sex."                                                                                                                                   - The Sunday Standard

About the Author:

        " That thousands of people the world over continue to benefit from the rionecring work of the Founder of The Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz, Shri Yogendraji, is in a large measure due to the love, devotion and unswerving loyalty of his life partner, Smt. Sita Devi. Founder has himself paid tribute to her saying " Without Sita, the Institute's work would not have been possible."

        Smt. Sita Devi yogendra was born on 1st June 1912. She was married to Shri Yogendraji on 29th September 1927. She is the mother to two sons and is successfully combining the yoga way of life along with her several duties as an able homemaker.

        "It is highly appropriate that Smt. Sita Devi Yogendra is affectionately addressed simply as "Mother" by all who meet her, since this word has been time-hallowed as signifying the best, most dignified example of life of love, care and self-sacrifice for the sake of husband and children, and also the whole community."

        She was introduced to Yoga soon after her marriage and absorbed sufficient knowledge and technique of Yoga in two years time. She was then made the Secretary-Treasurer of the Institute and has been in charge of the ladies section. She came in contact with Dr. John W. Fox who give her elementary knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical care.

        The Author started contributing articles to the journal Yoga from its very inception and continued to contribute articles to The Journal of The yoga Institute and Classic Yoga International. Her first work appeared under the title Easy Pastures for Women, which went through various editions. This was thoroughly revised later and then was presented in a new edition of which the present work is a reprint.

        All the cases referred to in this book were treated personally by her and the results were accepted as successful even by the medical profession. She has treated over five thousand cases and knows enough about the science of yoga for personal health and self-improvement.

        Yoga Physical Education for Women has been bailed the world over as the first authoritative book on yoga for women written by a woman. It has been translated in several languages.

Back of the Book:

CLASSIC YOGA STUDIES

        All yoga practises do not apply with equal benefit to women. Scientific researches conducted at the Yoga Institute of Santacruz for the past 70 years may reveal how some of the yoga processes may prove harmful to a beginner from amongst the fair sex.

Yoga Physical Education for Women is a course evolved after decades of clinical and laboratory research to suit the special needs of women. Written for women by a woman, Smt. Sitadevi, the medical practitioner in charge of the ladies section of the Institute, the books the first text to guide women in their study of Yoga.

It deals with physical education in relation to health to and outlines yoga psychosomatics for treatment of diseases though homeostasis. Overweight, diet, sex, painless childbirth, neurasthenia relaxation and mental health are some of the problems dealt with in the light of Yoga.

"Her book merits attention of all intelligent girls and women who value their health of body and mind." - Daily Herald

CONTENTS

FOURTH EDITION7
SIXTH EDITION14
INTRODUCTION15
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS29
CHAPTER I.WOMEN'S HEALTH AND YOGA
Problem of Good Health 33
      (a) Causes of Ill Health 34
      (b)Consequences of Ill Health39
      (c)Virtues of Good Health 42
Need of Physical Education for Woman 49
      (a)Feminine Disadvantages50
      (b)Prejudice against Physical Education51
Advantages of Yoga Physical Culture 52
      (a)Fundamental Objectives53
      (b)Characteristic Differences54
Care of the Body58
CHAPTER II.CORRECTIVE PRAYER POSES
Problem of Good Health 33
      (a) Causes of Ill Health 34
      (b)Consequences of Ill Health39
      (c)Virtues of Good Health 42
Need of Physical Education for Woman 49
      (a)Feminine Disadvantages50
      (b)Prejudice against Physical Education51
Advantages of Yoga Physical Culture 52
      (a)Fundamental Objectives53
      (b)Characteristic Differences54
Care of the Body58
CHAPTER II.CORRECTIVE PRAYER POSES
Relation of Proper Carriage to Health60
Pararthanasana in Relaxed Standing 63
      (a) Romberg's Sign65
      (b) Kneeling67
Ekapadasana 67
Padmasana 69
CHAPTER III.CORRECTIVE Essentials to Health
Height in Relation to Health73
      (a) Normal Height 74
      (b) Feminine Structural Disadvantages76
      (c) Increasing Height77
Yastikasana 79
Bulk vs Slimness81
Parvatasana84
Suppleness and Elasticity86
Trikonasana89
Konasana91
Garudasana92
CHAPTER IV.CONSTITUTIONAL ESSENTIALS TO HEALTH
Unhygienic Overweight94
      (a)Overweight: Its Causes and Treatment96
      (b) Food for Health98
Observations and Case Reports 100
Abdominal Tonicity107
Hastapadangustasana109
Hastapadasana111
Process of Self-poisoning115
Causes of Constipation116
Various Forms of Constipation117
Intestinal Gases118
CHAPTER V.SEX AND MOTHERHOOD
The Sex Glands119
Glandular Secretions and Health121
Eroticism Detrimental to Kealth123
Yoga Directives on Sex 124
Healthy Motherhood for Healthy Progeny126
Care of the Pelvic Organs127
Matsyasana130
Paryankasana134
Ardha-sarvangasana 136
Viparitakarani138
Painless Childbirth146
CHAPTER VI.YOGA FOR NERVES AND MIND
Health of the Nerves153
How Mind affects Health 155
Neurasthenia: Its causes and Cure156
      (a) Symptoms of Neurasthenia157
      (b) Treatment of Neurasthenia159
Need for Spinal Exercise 160
Bhujangasana162
Halasana 165
Ustrasana 169
Relaxation 171
      (a)Yoganidra 172
      (b) Twofold Relaxation173
      (c) Makarasana174
      (d) Savasana176
      (e) Relaxation for Beauty177
      (f) Sleep179
GUIDETABLE180
INDEX185

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