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Yoga for the Joy of It!

Author(s): Minda Goodman Kraines, MA, Mission College
Barbara Rose Sherman, BS, Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500
  • ISBN-13: 9780763765941
  • Paperback    258 pages      © 2010
Price: $60.95 US List
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Yoga for the Joy of It! immerses the beginning yoga student in the history and practice of yoga by educating readers about the background of yoga, its health benefits, and specific exercises and poses.  This text is an essential resource for any student embarking on a new yoga class or for those students who are already familiar with the practice of yoga.  Yoga for the Joy of It! details what to expect in class, what to wear and bring to class, correct yoga alignment, a solid foundation of yoga poses, how to modify each yoga pose, correct yoga breathing, beginning meditation, styles of yoga, a history of yoga, and how to bring the benefits of yoga practice into your daily life. 

Features & Benefits

The Study Questions provided at the end of every chapter encourage learning and reviewing.

The Yoga Moment encourages experiential learning and brings the essence of yoga into the student’s daily life.

The Student Testimonials provided in each chapter authentically reveal personal experiences that are relevant.

A Historical Timeline featured in the history chapter (14) easily illuminates important yoga milestones.

The worksheets included at the end of the text - a health history, flexibility assessment, alignment assessment, and yoga practice and nutrition logs - allow the teacher to assess the student, and the student to track his/her improvement.

Yoga Science Boxes discuss some of the science topics connected to yoga.

Chapters 6-13 provide descriptions of specific yoga poses (asanas), which include the following: Drishti, Alignment Cues, Benefits of the Pose, and Modifications for Making the Poses Work for You.

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for beginning yoga courses.

Chapter 1  Start Your Yoga Journey!
Chapter 2  Breathing for the Joy of It!
Chapter 3  Meditation for the Joy of It!
Chapter 4  Yoga Alignment
Chapter 5  Practicing the Postures
Chapter 6  Standing Poses
Chapter 7  Balance Poses
Chapter 8  Arm-Supported Poses
Chapter 9  Sitting and Kneeling Poses
Chapter 10  Prone and Supine Poses
Chapter 11  Inversions
Chapter 12  Restorative Poses
Chapter 13  Sun Salutations
Chapter 14  Yoga History and Philosophy
Chapter 15  Reap the Benefits of Yoga
Appendix  A  Yoga Guidelines for Special Populations
Appendix  B  Nutrition to Complement the Yoga Lifestyle
Appendix  C  Yoga Resources
Appendix  D  Suggested Reading
Worksheet 1  Medical Profile
Worksheet 2  Evaluating and Monitoring Your Flexibility
Worksheet 3  Evaluating Your Posture
Worksheet 4  Personal Yoga Practice Log
Worksheet 5  Nutrition Diary

Minda Goodman Kraines, MA-Mission College

Minda has been a full-time instructor at Mission College for 30 years, having taught dance, aerobics, weight training, stress management, body alignment for personal trainers, and yoga. She created a Fitness Professional Certification program at Mission College that is highly regarded and attended. She is the author of two other college texts that are both in their fifth edition, Jump into Jazz: A Primer for the Beginning Jazz Dance Student and Beyond and Keep Moving: Fitness through Aerobics and Step.
    Minda has been studying yoga for 35 years and has taught yoga for 15 years. Her greatest yoga inspirations include Ganga White, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Baron Baptiste. Although Minda has been teaching body movement for over 35 years, she continues to find new inspirations and keeps growing and learning as both a student and teacher.

Barbara Rose Sherman, BS-Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500

Barbara has practiced yoga and meditation for 30 years and has been teaching for 15 years.  She has facilitated more than 25 yoga retreats in California, and two yoga/meditation/hiking retreats in Italy. She has also generated websites, written educational films, and designed and presented corporate wellness programs. An article about her use of relaxation techniques in dentistry has been published in Yoga Journal.

Barbara’s foundation of yoga is grounded in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.  A devoted practitioner, she has trained with Erich Shiffmann, Ganga White, and Tracey Rich, and is certified in Therapeutic Yoga.  Barbara teaches from her heart, illuminating the spirit of yoga. She has served as a volunteer for Children’s Hospital LA and Direct Relief Int’l. Committed to personal growth, Barbara continually takes courses in nutrition, neuroscience and stress reduction. She integrates her love of science and yoga into her popular workshops, How to Meditate, Pray, Heal and Women’s Health and Healing.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.  She enjoys hiking, the poetry of Rumi and spending time with her family and friends. 


  • "Yoga for the Joy of It! is a beautifully written book that takes what can potentially be an intimidating practice to beginners and makes it simple, accessible, and enjoyable.  By covering all the basics such as what to wear, the equipment used, what time to arrive to a class, and creating a “Yoga Alphabet” (in addition to explaining the poses in detail), beginning yogis can go into their first class feeling relaxed and prepared.  The authors' love of yoga is obvious because of the inspirational and joyous quotes and photographs included throughout the text.  Having practiced for years, I loved reading this book because it reminded me of why I find so much joy in yoga!"

    Anne Chenoweth
    Yoga Instructor

    "Yoga is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and should be part of everyone's education.  This book helps lay the foundation for a lifelong practice. "
    Ganga White
    Author, Yoga Beyond Belief - Insights to awaken and deepen your practice

    "This book is a refreshingly clear and thorough manual for the new student of yoga. As a director for 15 years of a Teacher Training Program of national and international reach, I also welcome it as a resource for those learning to teach the art and science of yoga. Much attention is given to practicality and precision, emphasizing these two very important ingredients on the beginner's path of yoga."

    Lais da Silva
    Owner, Santa Barbara Yoga Center,
    Director, Yoga Teacher Training Program and Advanced Studies

    I love my yoga book. It provides scientific facts about yoga. It is very practical with tips and pictures to help the student with learning the poses. The book also focuses on breathing techniques and body alignment. I love the chapter on meditation. At the end of each chapter there are study questions to help students reflect on important points and Yoga moments to enhance the student’s practice.

    This book has become my personal yoga bible. Together with the yoga classes I attend my perspective on exercise and fitness has changed; and it has changed my body. I have achieved better balance, flexibility and strength. I am calmer and more mindful.

    Diane Nguyen
    Yoga Student

    I look forward to coming to yoga class each week. This class has helped my lower back and has increased my energy level. I also sleep better. After reading Chapter One in the book,” Yoga for the Joy of It”, I was very happy to discover that when I turn my body upside down, my organs, bones and muscles are rejuvenated. Also my happy hormones, endorphins kick in. That has helped a lot with my depression. Using this book has provided me with this valuable information and has enriched my yoga experience.

    Barbara Hatchett
    Yoga Student

    “Yoga for the Joy of It! provides an inspiring and effective description of Yoga for practitioners of all levels. As a Yoga teacher, the text is very useful as a reference as well as for my continuing education. Cheers to Barbara Rose Sherman and Minda Kraines for creating a text book that not only demonstrates the author’s knowledge of the subject, but shows their immense love for Yoga itself."

    Maureen Clair
    Yoga Student

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Companion Web site


The Companion Web site includes essential instructor and student supplements:

  • Flashcards
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Interactive Glossary
  • Web Links
  • PowerPoint Presentations containing color photographs of yoga poses

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763765941

Slides in PowerPoint Format

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