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In The Woman's Yoga Book, senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Bobby Clennell offers a comprehensive program of asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) designed to support menstrual health from menarche to menopause, along with nutritional and lifestyle information for those times off the yoga mat.
With over 30 years of teaching experience, she encourages women to draw on the strength that comes from practicing women's yoga.
Yoga sequences are given for each phase of the menstrual cycle:
* premenstrual: poses to stabliize
* menstruation: poses to restore
* postmenstrual: poses to rebalance
* on through to ovulation: poses to strengthen
In addition, The Woman's Yoga Book offers sequences that address:
* PMS, irritability, tension, and moodswings
* migraine headaches
* bloating and breast tenderness
* cramps and lower back pain
* heavy bleeding
* scanty periods
* absence of menstruation
* irregular periods
A former professional animator, Bobby Clennell has used her skill in rendering over 700 illustrations that teach right along with her text.
Bobby Clennell has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over thirty years. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, where she teaches five classes a week, including the women's class and the prenatal class. She also teaches workshops throughout the United States and Europe and leads retreats in the United Kingdom, Tobago, and Mexico, with her husband, yoga teacher Lindsey Clennell.
Bobby began practicing yoga in London in the early 1970s, while working as a costume designer and animator. In 1976, Bobby (along with Lindsey and sons Miles and Jake), made her first trip to study with B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India. She has returned every two years to continue her study. She was given an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate in 1977.
In the 1980s, Bobby's interest in women's issues was sparked by her studies with Mr. Iyengar's daughter, Geeta Iyengar. While Mr. Iyengar was teaching the main class, the women who were menstruating were sent to the back of the room to work more quietly. Geeta showed these women how. This experience awakened Bobby to the need for a woman's yoga practice, and it has been the focus of her teaching ever since. She is the creator of a short film, entitled "Yantra," based on the movements of B.K.S. Iyengar during his own asana practice.
Bobby Clennell lives in New York City.
Foreword by Geeta S. Iyengar, author of Yoga: A Gem for Women
1. Ancient Teachings and Modern Concepts
2. From Menarche to Menopause: Cycles of a Woman's Life
3. How Yoga Can Help Women
4. Starting the Journey
5. Standing Poses and a Flowing Sequence: Building a Support System
6. Sitting Poses and Twists: Finding Your Center
7. Seated Forward Bends: Calming the Mind
8. Reclining Poses: Restoring Lost Energy
9. Inverted Poses: Balancing the System
10. Back Bends: Opening the Heart
11. Pranayama: Exploring the Space Within
12. During Your Period: Effortless Practice
13. For the Days After Your Period: New Beginnings
14. Breath Awareness: Focusing the Mind
15. Irritability, Tension, and Mood Swings: What Your Body Is Saying
16. Migraine Headaches: Releasing the Pressure
17. Bloating and Breast Tenderness: Easing Symptoms of Congestion
18. Insomnia: Calming the Nerves and Inducing Sleep
19. Abdominal Cramps and Low Back Pain: Soothing Poses
20. Excessive and Prolonged Bleeding: Stabilizing the System
21. Scanty Periods: Strengthening the System
22. Absence of Menstruation: Getting Back to Normal
23. Irregular Menstruation: Reestablishing the Rhythm