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Some of the material in this book first appeared in Yoga International magazine in the following articles, authored by David Coulter: "Building a Foundation" issue #1, "Postures and Breathing" #2, Relaxation and Energy" #3, "For Clarity of Mind" #4, "Anatomy of a Headstand" #5, "The Value of Being Upside Down" #6, "Siddhasana" #7, "Straight from the Hip" #9, "Letting Go" #10, "Back Repair" #12, "Moving Gracefully" #19, "Moving Slowly" #20, "Self-Preservation" #21, "Physiology of Bhastrika" #22, "All Knotted Up" #23, "Give Yourself a Lift" #26, and "The Master Lock" #27. I also wrote a first draft of one more article ("Don't Pause" #28), but this one was completed by Mick Crady, who in the end was rightfully listed as the sole author. Some of my original commentary that survived in that piece, however, was re-worked for chapter 2 of this book. I thank Yoga International for permission to use materials from all of these articles in the present work.

Most of the anatomical illustrations were derived from works now in the public domain, namely Philip Sappey's 1888-1889 edition of Traite D'Anatomic Descriptive, one plate (fig. 2.8) from Alhmus on Anatomy (Dover Publications), seven plates (figs. 8.8-14) from Heck's Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science (Dover Publications), a few plates from the ninth edition of Quoin's Elements of Anatomy (1882), and several more from the sixth edition of Morris's Human Anatomy (1914). See the individual illustrations for specific credits that honor the moral rights of the author (the doctrine of droit moral in Berne convention rules).

I thank many friends and colleagues who contributed their time and talents to this work. Thad Pawlikowski generated the charts for figures 2.13-14, 2.18, 2.21, 2.27, 3.18, 3.32, 8.21, and 9.15. Figures 2.1, 2.29a-e, 4.2, 8.1, 8.3, 10.1, 10.4a, and 10.13 were redrawn from numerous sources by Eben Dodd. Figure 4.8 was traced by the author from roentgenograms provided by Dr. Donald O. Broughton. Figure 6.2a was reprinted by permission from E. I. Kapandji's well-known Physiology of the Joints. The design and layout of the text, illustrations, and cover were done by the author, with encouragement, hints, and cautions from Lyle Olsen, Kamala Gerhardt, Jeanette Robertson, and especially Joyce Baronio, who also contributed the author's photograph.

Models for the postures, in descending order of the number of their poses, were: my son Jamie Coulter (chapters 2-10), Bill Boos (chapters 2 and 4-10), Mike Kerr (chapters 5 and 7-9), Brian Wind (chapters 1-3, 7-8, and 10), Joanne Wahrer (chapters 1, 4, and 6-y), Charles Crenshaw (chapters 3, 6, and 10), John Hanagan (chapter 6), Josh Hajicek (chapter 1), and Lyle Olson (chapter 10). I thank all of you for bringing this work to life, as well as down to earth. I also wish to thank the hundreds of hatha yoga teachers who have put up with my technical questions over the past three decades. Many of these teachers have had long association with the Himalayan Institute, and many others have been guest instructors from all over the world. Without their input this book would have had little or no legitimacy. I also thank Swami Bua, a centenarian who still teaches in Manhattan, for introducing me to the series of forty-eight twists and bends that are illustrated here—I think for the first time—in chapter 7.

The unfailing support of Swami Kama, the founder of the Himalayan Institute, and of Pandit Itajmani Tigunait, its spiritual head, created the atmosphere that made it possible to complete this work, along with a generous allowance of time for teaching, writing, and work on illustrations courtesy of the Institute directors. In addition, Deborah Willoughby, the President of the Institute and editor of Yoga International, initiated me in the early 1990s in the strictures of writing magazine articles on technical subjects Ibr a general audience. Then at a critical moment in the mid-1990s, Madalasa Baum's enthusiasm and persistence in supporting the work generated the energy needed for biting the project off the ground and for enlisting the editorial support of Anne Craig (who, as it happened, had already been put on notice by Swamiji in 1981 that she would do the editing).

Additional help on the manuscript came from many sources. Dr. Dale Buegel, an accomplished yogi and expert in manual medicine, read an early draft. Dr. Steve Rogers, who by good fortune is both a physician and a journalist, read the entire manuscript critically. Mick Grady, who is both a journalist and hatha yogi, commented on many individual sections, especially those related to breathing. Rolf Sovik and Sandy Anderson, who completed their own book on hatha yoga (Yoga, Mastering the Basics) a year ago, read the manuscript critically for content. Dr. Dalia Zwick, a professor of physical therapy, contributed her expertise on matters related to clinical kinesiology, Michael Alter, the author of Science of Flexibility, read and commented both on an early and a late draft, and Dr. Timothy McCall read the final drall in preparation for contributing the foreword. Thanks to all of them. And finally, I wish to thank my editor and friend, Anne Craig. The author, of course, assumes full responsibility for all errors of omission and commission that still remain.

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