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Stay Young with Easy Yoga: How to Be Healthy, Strong, Flexible, and Focused in Your 50s, 60s, 70s, and Beyond is a health and fitness book written by Patricia Bacall. The author begins with the history of yoga and explains how the different forms of the practice developed. She discusses the importance of breathing in yoga and gives instructions on several different breathing techniques. Bacall stresses the importance of stretching and maintaining flexibility, and she presents a number of yoga positions with detailed information on the parts of the body that are stretched during each movement. Each movement or yoga position is accompanied by at least one photograph and step-by-step instructions. Some movements can exacerbate injuries or conditions, and Bacall includes that information as well.
Patricia Bacall's introductory yoga book for seniors, Stay Young with Easy Yoga: How to Be Healthy, Strong, Flexible, and Focused in Your 50s, 60s, 70s, and Beyond, is inspirational and easy to follow. Bacall's the perfect coach for anyone who's considered yoga but been reluctant to commit to a yoga studio. She stresses breathing and flexibility, and assures the new yoga student that movements which seem impossible will get easier with time. It's been some time since I practiced yoga, and I was impressed by the author's presentation. Her suggestion that performing even the easiest and simplest positions gets everything started makes actually getting started seem a lot less daunting. As I read through her book, I started thinking about where my yoga mat was stored and became quite enthusiastic about making yoga part of my life again. Stay Young with Easy Yoga: How to Be Healthy, Strong, Flexible, and Focused in Your 50s, 60s, 70s, and Beyond is most highly recommended.