Review of Kelly Wilson and Acrobatic Yoga by Mark Sias – A DVD For Fitness Experts

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In The Art of Gymnastics for the Truly Athletic, Kelly Lawson teaches the basics of gymnastic exercise through an accessible, clear-cut presentation that is engaging and fun to learn. In the first chapter, “Yoga 101,” the reader is introduced to the various terms and basic definitions used by yoga practitioners and yoga teachers. Then, with clear detail, the author describes the four primary forms of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga. These forms of yoga are differentiated based on the physical poses they involve and the physical needs of each pose attempts to meet.

Some Yogas Examples

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For example, ashtanga yoga involves a vigorous series of poses and is ideal for people who are new to yoga and for people who wish to develop muscle strength. Hatha yoga focuses on breath and postures, which are the basis of yoga exercise and health in general. Raja yoga is similar to Hatha yoga in that it involves an emphasis on breath but also includes a strong emphasis on physical discipline, meditation, and spirituality. Finally, Kundalini yoga is more difficult and is ideal for advanced practitioners or those who want a deeper connection to yoga and to their own mind and body.

 Cover The Various Styles Of Yoga

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Although most of the chapters of The Art of Gymnastics for the Truly Athletic cover the various styles of yoga, other sections of the book provide a short, practical primer on nutrition and dieting. There is also an intro on how to become an athlete, which may appeal to individuals already involved in other sports, as well as those looking to participate in a more competitive sport. The book contains over forty pages of text, including several photographs. Most of the photographs show actual workout exercises, but some show different shots of Lawson and his family during different times of year, such as Christmas and Easter vacations. The author’s son, Aidan, is also featured in one photo.

Try Out Some Of The Routines

I enjoyed this book, despite having done quite a few workouts myself, and not with yoga specifically. However, I am a fan of weight loss and could not wait to read this book and try out some of the routines laid out. I did and was impressed with the variety of exercises presented. Part of the appeal of yoga, especially for the Truly Athletic is the ability to mix it up, to get more intense workouts, while still maintaining the flow of the workout routine. However, there were a few routines that just did not work for me. In particular, the stretching exercises seemed to be very boring for me.


If you are new to yoga, or if you have been practicing but want something more intense, then this book should be able to provide you with what you are looking for. It is a comprehensive look at all of the various types of exercise done in this form of yoga. It includes everything you need to know from health and nutrition, to weight-loss and conditioning. It is definitely a great resource for anyone wanting to get into yoga or start training. There is even a bonus DVD that goes along with the book, which gives background on the history of the discipline, what it is all about, and how it can help you become a healthier person.

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