Monday, April 26, 2010

John Jerome's Staying Supple

Over the past few years I've read a number of good yoga books, but the best by far is Jerome's Staying Supple. I know, I know, "Yoga is not all about stretching," and Jerome's book is not really about yoga, but you can get some great information that will carry over into your yoga practice.  For that matter, you could consider it a great judo book, because judo can be translated as the art of flexibility, or suppleness (as in, supple mindedness or flexible tactics), and a lot of Jerome's ideas about suppleness can transfer to judo..
This is IMO the best commonsense stretching book around.  Not a lot of technical how-to, but a lot of material on how muscles work and how they stretch and lengthen and how you can maintain a good range of motion through highly enjoyable groundwork yoga-like practices.  This is the book that got me started stretching 20+ years ago, and it is still my favorite.  Highly recommended book!

Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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