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Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance [Paperback]

Liz Koch , Emilie Conrad , Bob Cooley

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Book Description

Sept. 25 2012
Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance offers a guide to Core Awareness, a body-oriented approach that explores the practice of bringing focus and attention to inner sensation as the means of cultivating an innate capacity for expressive movement. Developed by somatic educator and author Liz Koch, the book's Core Awareness movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations are designed to enhance sensory development and shift readers from the standard paradigm of the body as an "isolated object" to a holistic paradigm of the human being as part of a living process of dynamic expression. This shift in perspective offers practitioners and teachers of movement, yoga, pilates, bodywork, exercise, and dance an empowering model for self-healing and the key to increasing strength, gaining flexibility, preventing injury, and improving resiliency.

Describing the practice of moving from one's core, Koch highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle—located on either side of the spine—to integrate the body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Koch also discusses the pelvis as the foundation of our physical core and the vital connection with our bones to gain a sense of support, nourishment, joint integrity, skeletal balance, and healthy muscle tone. Rewritten with updated information, this revised edition includes 247 new photos and 25 new Core Awareness explorations—with 64 in total. A suggested reading list at the end of the book provides resources for continuing the development of the ideas presented within the book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Revised edition (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583945016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583945018
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Liz Koch's brilliant offerings contribute essential insights for all who are engaged in somatic experience."
—Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement

"Liz Koch offers us a rich and profound understanding of movement. Her extensive research on the psoas muscle provides an important entry into the body and leads the reader into an appreciation of a holistic view as opposed to a more familiar idiosyncratic or mechanical view. Every serious student and practitioner will find this book a must for their library."
—Anna Halprin, dance pioneer and author of Dance As a Healing Art and Returning to Health: With Dance, Movement and Imagery

“Liz Koch is a deep-diving ‘somanaut’ with many years of worldwide teaching experience. In this book, Koch has moved beyond the psoas into a thorough synthesis of many approaches to core awakening and body balance. Easy to comprehend, with many practical exercises that can be done at home with minimal equipment, this book will be of interest to both the committed somatic explorer in search of self-help and also the motivated practitioner seeking good awareness exercises for client ‘homework.’”
—Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists

"It seems that yoga classes are offered on every corner these days, but unfortunately they often emphasize movement over awareness, stretching over sensing, and pushing oneself over self-exploration. Luckily Liz Koch's book can offer the yoga student inspiration as well as simple exercises which can create both the depth of feeling and the profound sensitivity necessary to use yoga practice as a physical, mental, and spiritual tool for transformation. I recommend it highly."
—Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, yoga yeacher, and author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers

“Liz Koch brings her years of awareness of the iliopsoas experience concomitant with not only postural but physiological, psychological, and transformational effects.”
—Bob Cooley, author of The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body

“Life is experienced within the frame of our body. Liz Koch offers practical tools to enhance our ability to function, grow, and move through life more gracefully. I highly recommend this book as a resource for teachers and students.”
—Tom McCook, fitness and movement specialist, and director of Center of Balance, Mountain View, California

“[Koch’s] level of detail is impressive with the main thrust on exploration … exploring aspects of the core, and deepening the student’s understanding of the extent of core awareness. These exercises offer a great way for students to fine-tune their awareness of core strength and sensations.”
Yoga Teacher Magazine

“Liz Koch describes the basics of moving from one's core and the muscles involved, blending these movements with explorations that focus on inner sensations. The result is a positive exploration recommended for health ... and exercise collections alike.”
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

An international somatic educator and author, Liz Koch has thirty years of experience working with and specializing in the psoas muscle. Educating both laypersons and professionals, Liz Koch is recognized by colleagues in the movement, wellness, and fitness professions as a connoisseur of the core muscle of the human body. The author of The Psoas Book and Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance, Koch is the founder of Core Awareness, a somatic approach to deepening the experience of the human core in order to improve skeletal alignment, balance, and orientation. She conducts Core Awareness workshops thoughout the United States, Canada, and the UK.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge to stay healthier and limber April 20 2013
By Nancy Doyle - Published on
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This book is so great that I am showing women at the gym how important the Psoas Muscle is to the body,the emotions, and staying limber. The information Liz Koch presents is extremely worthwhile knowing. I have found that working out can make my body tight and less limber. What I do, for example, work upper body like shoulders and arms and chest then I go to the mat and work the upper Psoas muscle. When I do squats and work the lower body and get tightness or pain in lower back and buttocks. I go to the mat and work the lower Psoas in my body. If you like to body build this book is a way of staying limber and having less soreness. Also, I have learned that when the Psoas muscle shrinks, fatigues or dries out, there is the strong possibility how we may have lots of back pain and how the upper back can become rounded. I am impressed with the knowledge I have gained from this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More photos about the muscles. very useful book June 5 2013
By roula - Published on
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i would suggest that the book had more photos about the muscles and /or the body itself. It only makes sense to me, since the book its about the psoas and the location/function etc and includes other muscles and parts of the body. other than that the book is very useful, i love it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teachers March 31 2013
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I have the original edition of this book and am SO pleased to see it offered in the kindle store! I have been a Pilates teacher since 2003 and a yoga teacher since 2011, and I have found this book to be invaluable. It has helped me recognize a deeper level of movement patterning in clients and a depth of connection in my own body that allows me to fearlessly teach integrated alignment to my students. If you've read the Psoas Book, this is a deeper look at the emotional and physical connection of the torso to the mind and rest of the body. I highly recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree with both the other reviews. June 20 2013
By Doris Wakeman - Published on
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I enjoyed the book but I found the first 1/2 quite repetitive. I admire the teacher who wrote the review and is finding it really good to incorporate the psoas explorations into her classes. The explorations are the conditioning and I do get that. Check out Liz Kochs video on U-Tube.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too esoteric Jan. 2 2013
By Lisa A Winner - Published on
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I was looking for specific exercises that would be useful for healing pelvic organ prolapse, and did not find them in this book. It does not make a distinction between men and women, and its exercises are "explorations," rather than exercises, and it's difficult to know whether or not you're doing them correctly. It's a little bit new-agey, interesting but not all that practical.

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