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