Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses For Every Type of Body

Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses For Every Type of Body

by Dianne Bondy


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Yoga is for every body, including yours!

For years, yoga books have asked readers to bend over backward (literally!) to conform to their physical demands. It's time for the opposite—for readers to demand that yoga conform to their individual needs. It's time for a yoga book to reflect the broader population that would benefit from a yoga practice geared toward them. It's time for Yoga for Everyone!

This book offers yoga for every type of body: those who are big, small, elderly, pregnant, or of various physical abilities—everyone. No matter who you are or what you look like or what your abilities are, you can do all 50 poses in this book. The variations to classic poses in this book will also allow you to perform all 10 sequences, which combine different poses into one singular experience and focus on specific physical and mental benefits.

So forget what you've heard. Yoga isn't just for the privileged few. It's meant to be enjoyed by everybody and every body. Yes, you can do yoga—and Yoga for Everyone will show you how!


“Dianne is a wonderful teacher with a voice and a message that’s absolutely needed not only in the yoga community but also in the world. I’d go as far as to say that this book is the most important yoga book released this year. This book smashes the myth of the thin, able-bodied yogi and provides a safe introduction to the art of yoga in a way that’s accessible to all. Yoga is for everyone!”
— Rachel Brathen, author of Yoga Girl

“Dianne Bondy is truly a leader in the yoga world. Her unwavering commitment to accessibility and inclusiveness is demonstrated perfectly in her new book, Yoga for Everyone. This is a great book for yoga teachers and yoga students of all levels. If you’re intimated by the conventional imagery of yoga, if you think yoga isn’t for you, or if you’re a teacher looking for tools to make the practice approachable for everyone, this book will be a valuable tool. Yoga is an ancient science of the soul, and Dianne’s work aims to bring these universal teachings to different kinds of folks with the heart and wisdom that’s a vital part of her contribution to the world.”

— Kino MacGregor, yoga instructor
“Dianne is a force, a personal inspiration, and someone who knows her power and uses it to uplift others. Western yoga and wellness spaces are severely lacking safety and inclusion. Oftentimes, walking into those spaces can feel more marginalizing than healing. Dianne’s book is full of resources anybody can use—teacher or student—to create an accessible and welcoming space. The visual representation of diverse bodies and abilities provides a needed reminder that yoga in indeed for all of us. Thank you, Dianne!”
— Dana Falsetti, yoga instructor
“Dianne Bondy continues to be a leading voice in the accessible yoga movement, and this book will serve as an excellent resource for anyone (and that’s most of us) who doesn’t resonate with or benefit from a standard one-size-fits-all approach to poses. Yoga for Everyone encapsulates the heart of Dianne’s teachings, which is to make yoga fully adaptable to the experience of the practitioner. Whether beginners or long-time yoga students, readers will be able to choose a pose and find a route into it that suits their individual desires and needs. The models demonstrating the poses also represent a range of abilities, ages, and sizes, reflecting that yoga truly is for everyone.”
— Todd Wolfenberg, CEO of Yoga International
“Yoga for Everyone is a celebration and a triumph! It not only powerfully illustrates that every body is a yoga body, but it also illustrates the diversity and range of the practice itself through the adaptations and variations of yoga poses. Now everyone can access the benefits of a consistent yoga practice tailored to their individual needs and unique and beautiful body.” 
— Melanie Klein, editor of Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body and co-editor of the ground-breaking collection Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body.

Dianne’s approach is creative, customizable, and firmly rooted in compassion and inclusivity. Because Dianne presents several options for each pose—each one explained in a clear, digestible manner that demystifies the purpose behind the pose and addresses common frustrations—Yoga for Everyone will make a great matside companion for students of all levels.”
— Kat Heagberg, editor in chief of Yoga International
“Dianne Bondy is one of the most important figures in contemporary yoga, and her brilliance is reflected in this book. Her yoga is an exploration of potential and possibility—inclusive and accessible. She explores the diversity of abilities and experience, and she lifts us all up through her embrace of humanity.”
— Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465480774
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 101,311
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dianne Bondy is a leading voice of the Yoga for All movement. Her views about yoga empower thousands of practitioners around the world—regardless of shape, size, ethnicity, or ability. Dianne’s been featured by many media outlets, including Yoga InternationalElephant JournalThe GuardianHuffington PostESPNCosmo, and People. She’s also a leading spokesperson for diversity in yoga for Accessible Yoga, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. You can learn more about Dianne on her website at

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction to this book 8

Inspirational story: Dianne 10

Chapter 1 Yoga Basics

Making Yoga Accessible-For Everyone 14

Creating Your Practice 16

Breathing Techniques 18

What You Need to Practice Yoga 20

How to Use This Book 21

Chapter 2 Standing, Balancing, and Reclining

Happy Baby 24

Easy Pose 28

Child's Pose 32

Plank 36

Low Plank 40

Low Lunge 44

Extended Hand to Big Toe 48

Reclining Hand to Big Toe 52

Inspirational story: Josie 56

Handstand 58

Forearm Stand 62

Wide-Angled Seated Forward Fold 66

Forward Fold 70

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend 74

Revolved Side Angle 78

Wind Relieving 82

Yoga Squat 86

Inspirational story: Dylan 90

Fire Log 92

Dancer 96

Half Moon 100

Boat 104

Tree 108

Triangle 112

Chair 116

Mountain 120

Inspirational story: Alex 124

Butterfly 126

Pigeon 130

Eagle 134

Crow 138

Warrior 1 142

Warrior 2 146

Warrior 3 150

Corpse 154

Inspirational story: Don 158

Chapter 3 Twisting, Folding, and Bending

Downward Dog 162

Cobra 166

Bow 170

Revolved Lunge 174

Cat-Cow 178

Sage 182

Inspirational story: Gwen 186

Revolved Fire Log 188

Revolved Hand to Big Toe 192

Thread the Needle 196

Seated Forward Fold 200

Locust 204

Shoulder Stand 208

Inspirational story: John 212

Bridge 214

Supported Headstand 218

Sphinx 222

Wheel 226

Camel 230

Legs Up the Wall 234

Inspirational story: Gail 238

Chapter 4 Sequences

Morning Practice 242

Sun Salutation 243

Bedtime Practice 244

Easing Back Pain 245

Improving Flexibility 246

Finding Balance 246

Building Strength 248

Strengthening Core 249

Relieving Stress 250

Yoga at the Wall 251

Index 252

About the Author / Acknowledgments 256

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Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses For Every Type of Body 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CharJones2525 5 months ago
The author makes yoga an egalitarian pursuit open to all takers in this colorful guide. Photos feature the young, old, thin, curvy, pregnant, and differently abled making the ancient practice their own, with poses shown to fit their particular needs. A wonderful addition to the yogic canon, one I look forward to using to strengthen my aching back. 5/5 Pub Date 02 Apr 2019. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #YogaForEveryone #NetGalley
Anonymous 6 months ago
I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients come to me and ask if there is a different way to do a yoga pose, that actually they can do. Dianne Bondy has written a wonderful book, that will reach the needs of many yoga enthusiasts. I think for most people just trying yoga for the first time, it can be a bit intimidating. I have had several conversations with people about the difficulty they experience when coming to a yoga class, they think they cannot possibly do it and should quite. “Yoga for Everyone”, will save a lot of people from missing out on the life changing experience you get from Yoga, by enabling anyone to do it. I enjoyed the way the author displayed the original yoga pose, then on the next page, gave several variations depending on your body makeup, of poses that are unique to your individual needs. She covers all the basics of yoga, with 50 poses in this well written book, as well as sequences in the back you can include in your daily routine. Each is labeled to a particular personnel need you might have. The pictures instruct the reader with such clarity, that this is a great book for an at home yoga self-taught experience. I have been teaching yoga for 10 years now, and will be recommending “Yoga for Everyone” by Dianne Bondy to my clients, to reaffirm that they CAN do yoga. #YogaForEveryone #NetGalley
CelticGoddess 11 months ago
Dianne Bondy has gifted us with the essential yoga asana resource. It should be essential curriculum in every yoga teacher training, alongside Judith Lasater's essential yoga asanas book. Bondy offers not just the basic poses, but all sorts of variations, backing up the title that yoga truly is for everyone. In this book, you see yoga practitioners who are real people - not what you see in so much yoga marketing - including an amputee. Every yoga teacher training should be using Bondy's book as an essential piece of its curriculum. It’s one for right now and for the ages.
LawladyCase 12 months ago
This book shows yoga poses for all body types and personalities. It is not designed for the pampered models that other books show. I always wanted to try yoga but was reluctant to try a class or even do yoga with a friend. This book gives me the confidence that I can do yoga in my own home safely and at the stage I need. I suffer from a variety of afflictions, including fibromyalgia. It is difficult for me to perform some of the positions yoga requires. This book, however, show additional positions to be used by those who are unable to perform the normal pose. It offers four ways that are acceptable to doing yoga. I have begun to participate in yoga. I used the adapted forms. I have not seen a change in my abilities because it has only been one week. I have found slight advances in my stretching ability. This is very promising!!! I love this book. It was definitely written for everyone. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. That in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.