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Relax and Renew


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Judith Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president of the California Yoga Teachers Association and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center. Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches ongoing yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of Relax and Renew- Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, the first book devoted to the supported yoga poses and breathing techniques called restorative yoga. Judith Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.


"I welcome this fine book to our anxious and weary world. We all need the wisdom it contains. . . . Restorative yoga has been helpful for my patients with such diverse conditions as back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure, asthma, migraine and tension headaches, stress-related diseases, chronic fatigue, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer."-Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D., Author of Back Care Basics and Relaxation Basics

"In Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater writes with insight and clarity about a subject she loves: restorative yoga. These techniques will help you ease stress and live well."-Dean Ornish, M.D., Author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; and Stress, Diet, and Your Heart

"Judith Lasater brings wisdom and experience to this remarkable book. Her suggestions for menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause are invaluable for women today." Sadja Greenwood, M.D., Author of Menopause, Naturally

"This book can help anyone develop and deepen the practice of yoga, and use it in the work of healing not only one's body, but one's life. The detailed recommendations for practicing the various postures are extremely valuable. Restorative yoga can be a gateway to deep relaxation and the cultivation of mindfulness. Enter, enter!"-Jon Kabat-Zinn, UMMC Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living

"Relax and Renew is a major contribution to the study of relaxation. It offers you skillful ways to mind the body and mend the mind."-Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and The Power of the Mind to Heal

"If what you want is simply a way to destress and relax, you'll love this book deeply. Lasater focuses on supported poses that allow you to sink, settle, and completely bliss out. There are sequences in here for short practices, for yoga at your desk, and more."-Book Riot

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