There's a book called Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff. Let me tell you about it...
Originally when I purchased this book and attempted to read it, I was pretty new to yoga and anatomy. Because of this, it was actually difficult for me to follow along. Since taking a college anatomy course I find the book absolutely necessary in my yoga studies. I especially love how the writer ties the concept of anatomy to the foundation of yoga philosophy. I'm not quite through with the book yet, so I will continue to update you as I go along and finally rate it between 1 and 5. 1 meaning that I think you could live without it and 5 meaning you must take a gander at it.
Here's a nice quote from the chapter about tadasana:
"Nothing lasting can be built on a shaky foundation. This may be why tadasana is considered by many yoga traditions to be the starting point of asana practice..... the foot has evolved over millions of years in a world with no roads or sidewalks. In today's world in which many uneven surfaces have been leveled and paved, it's clearly over-engineered. When the adaptability of the foot is no longer needed for locomotion, the deeper muscles that support the arches inevitably weaken, eventually leaving only the superficial, non-contractile plantar fascia responsible for preventing the total collapse of the foot. This frequently leads to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The practice of standing postures in general, and tadasana in particular, is one of the best ways to restore the natural aliveness, strength, and adaptability of the feet. Once your foundation is improved, it's much easier to put the rest of your house in order."
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