Review of "Yoga In Bed"

By Edward Vilga
Running Press, 2005
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jan 1st 2006
Yoga In Bed

Yoga in Bed is aimed at people new to yoga.  It has two main sections, one for morning poses, and the other for evening poses.  The morning poses are fairly simple, and obviously can be done in bed.  They include simple stretches, twists, hugging your knees, shrugging and dropping your shoulders, and folding forward.  These are aimed at helping you wake up and become ready for the day.   The evening poses are more aimed at relaxing, with various forms of lying down and breathing.  The book has a spiral binding, which makes it easy to get the book to lie open.  It also has good photographs of a model showing the poses, along with clear descriptions of how to do the poses.  The writing is clear and easy to follow. 

My main reservation about the book is that a bed does not seem like a good place to do yoga.  Of course, you will need a fairly large bed in order to be able to have enough space to do the exercises: a single or twin bed is probably not large enough.  Most beds are pretty soft, and you tend to sink into them, which makes it hard to control your movements.  If you don't have a good headboard, it may be hard to prop yourself up against the wall for some positions.  You may also get tangled up in the bedclothes.  The reason that most people do yoga on a yoga mat on a hard floor is because it is the best place to do it.  Still, some people may find the book useful as a fun way to start to do yoga and become more attuned to their bodies and more flexible. 


© 2005 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.


Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.


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