Daniel DiTuro is a published author, photographer, and videographer. He published The Italian Mediterranean Diet cookbook series and 700 Calorie Meals in 2014 and is webmaster of italianmeddeit.com. He is also the author of Live Longer and Healthier Eating Foods You Love: on an Italian Mediterranean Diet and coauthor of Hatha Yoga Asanas and Hatha Yoga Illustrated.
Daniel is a self-taught photographer and cook learning to appreciate the arts and sciences from his Italian immigrant parents. He began practicing hatha yoga in 1999 following a series of shoulder injuries requiring medical attention to restore motion and eliminate pain. Enrolling in a gentle hatha yoga practice not only increased his overall flexibility, he’s had no serious shoulder problems for over 15 years.
Convinced of the physical and mental benefits of hatha yoga and concerned about numerous misconceptions about practicing yoga, Daniel began a series of photographs culminating in the publication of Hatha Yoga Illustrated in 2003 one of the best selling yoga books in the United States and currently available in six foreign languages.
Ingrid Yang embarked on her yoga journey in 1999 in New York City, where she studied directly with David Life at Jivamukti Yoga Center and Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center. She is founder of Blue Point Yoga Center in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches a variety of yoga disciplines, including vinyasa, restorative, yin, and cancer therapy. She leads teacher trainings and workshops in the United States, Australia, and Asia.
Ingrid earned her law degree at Duke University and is currently pursuing a doctor of medicine degree focusing on anatomy and physiatry at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.
About Hatha Yoga Asanas
Hatha Yoga Asanas is our new yoga book published January 2012 by Human Kinetics.
The book is a user friendly guide to over 150 of the most popular asanas (poses) practiced by most styles of hatha yoga.
The asanas are arranged in alphabetical order by their English name. Each asana has the Sanskrit name, difficulty level on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the easiest and 10 the most difficult, starting position, step-by-step instructions and a full color photo.
A sun salutation is included for a vinyasa (flow) routine.
This blog is a resource for expanding the information in the book. It contains information about yoga, hatha yoga, the asanas, practicing the asanas and the mental and physical benefits of yoga.
There are many myths and misunderstandings about yoga. We hope this blog will dispel many of them. Western medicine is discovering, by accepted clinical trials, numerous health benefits of yoga. It has helped people increase their balance and flexibility, reduce pain and in some cases reduce the amount of prescription medication required to control chronic medical conditions.
Unlike many other physical activities, it doesn’t require a large investment in time or money. A carpeted floor or mat, simple props like a belt or block and clothing that isn’t too loose or tight is all you need.
If you have any questions about yoga, please use the contact form. Answers will be posted on this blog.