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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465480774
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 160,392
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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