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'Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & soul'
'Yoga Sequences for your Body Mind & Soul'
'Partner Yoga for your Body Mind & Soul'
'Yoga for Inner Strength'


Australian Vital - Issue 02: July 2002

'Before Yoga TV there was Jessie Chapman. Based in Byron Bay, Jessie started practicing yoga in 1991 and exploring the effects of the ancient art on the body and mind. In 1999 her little square book 'Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul' (HarperCollins) was published and became a treasured item in many households. Thanks in no short measure to its stunning black & white photos of yoga poses on the beach, its simple instructions and relaxed layout. Her third, equally beautiful book, 'Partner Yoga for your Body, Mind & Soul', has just been released. Folks looking for kinky tantric positions may be disappointed but yoga lovers, new and seasoned, interested in ways to make yoga an interactive experience can expect to be as impressed as they were with her other books. As Jessie says "Yoga means union. Joining together with a partner in practice - breathing together, supporting one another - enhances awareness and brings new depth to relationships".'


Vouyer - Virgin Blue In flight Magazine June/July 2002

Yoga Sequences For Your Body Mind & Soul
Jessie Chapman, HarperCollins $29.95

'This book is especially great for three specific types of people: those beginning yoga, those who would like to learn but don't want to go to classes and those who suffer tension or muscle stiffness and would like to alleviate it. Beautifully illustrated with instructional black and white photos (shot on Byron Bay beaches), it is simple to follow and offers both complete postures and sequences, as well as a series of quick and easy movements designed to tackle specific problem areas. A great book that's suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.


InStyle Magazine: February 2002

Australia InStyle Magazine featured a 4-page spread on Yoga Sequences for your Body, Mind & Soul


Australia Yoga Life Magazine: November 2001

Book Reviews: Yoga Sequences for your Body Mind & Soul
(HarperCollins Publishers Australia AUS$24.95)

'Jessie's first book, Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul (HarperCollins) has sold over 17,000copies in Australia since Nov 1999 and is being released in the states in April 2002 by Ulysses Press.

Her second book Yoga Sequences for your Body Mind & Soul, being released in October 2001. With the same square format as her first book, loads of beautiful B&W photographs, simple to follow instructions, inspirational words and stunning layout & design, it is destined for success.
Suitable for beginners to advanced yoga, Yoga Sequences for your Body Mind & Soul
Has something for everyone with 40 Remedial, Sports, Body Focus and Emotions & Mood Sequences.

The Remedial sequences include 'mini classes' designed relieve headache, stress and fatigue. Specific Sports stretches strengthen weak areas, target imbalances and limber-up
golfers, skiers and surfers. The Emotions & Moods section includes sequences to help relieve depressions, sadness and anger. Body Focus sequences open tight hips, soften stiff shoulders and strengthen weak back.

Each sequence includes 4-5 pages of stunning B&W photographs shot on the beach which explain with visual grace the benefits and ease of yoga. Included in this comprehensive 272 page book are general warm-up and wind-down sequences, meditation postures, breathing exercises and relaxation postures.

Makes a great gift for any friend in need of an inspirational stretching, breathing and relaxation regime.'


Simply Lite Magazine: Winter 2000

Energise Your Life!

Featured a 4 full page spread on Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul with postures from the book specifically to energise and inspire with images and instructions.


FOR ME Magazine: May 2000

TONE UP WITH YOGA

'Once the domain of a few New-Age devotees, yoga is now popular among ordinary folk who want to reduce stress levels, tone-up, and stretch their way to better health. Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul, by Jessie Chapman (HarperCollins, $19.95rrp), puts a contemporary spin on an age-old technique. Featuring lavish black and white photography, this comprehensive book covers everything from yoga postures and tips for beginners, to a safe workout for pregnant women.'


Conscious Living: March 2000

Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul

'Slick and beautiful, this compact book, fresh from the Byron Bay beach, is a great introduction to the ancient art of yoga. It starts with a brief explanation of how and why and then moves onto more than 100 pages devoted to postures - simply illustrated, explained as they would be in a class with details about how to get into them and how long to stay in each, along with restful melodic details about what is being stretched and stimulated.'


Women's Health: March 2000

Stress Report: breathe

'…Jessie Chapman, author of Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul (HarperCollins 1999, $19.95) says, "Stress can cause the chest to tighten and the breath to shorten (but when you breathe slowly and correctly) muscles relax, the heart and lungs expand and the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body increases…'


ELLE Feb 2000

February Calendar
ELLE'S guide to an eventful month:

'…But for those of us who just need the quiet of this month, try Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul (HarperCollins 1999, $19.95) by Jessie Chapman, a how-to manual for complete yogic calm…'


U MAGAZINE: Feb 2000

'The spinal roll, half lotus and virasana…they'll keep you on the road to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, says writer and yoga ficionado Jessie Chapman.
Chapman and photographer Dhyan have produced and easy-to-read guide to yoga - Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul. Illustrated with B&W photographs, each yoga move is broken down into categories - how to position yourself; breathing; where to focus; how long to hold the position and the benefits.'

The book is published by HarperCollins.


Your Destiny Feb 2000

Healing Art

'There are hundreds of books available at the moment about yoga, but a new Australian book, Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul by Jessie Chapman, has to be one of the most contemporary and stylish - and it's a great one to leave open on your coffee table. It features photographs (by Dhyan) that are brilliant sculptural images in B&W, clearly showing you the postures. Jessie, who grew up in a house in a lush rainforest on the north coast of New South Wales, first began to practice yoga in 1991. The experience has inspired her to encourage beginners to learn this life-transforming healing art. The book covers more than 30 yoga programs, including one for pregnant women and one for use during menstruation.'

(HarperCollins 1999, $19.95)


HERALD-SUN Jan 2000

RELAXING READING

'YOGA has become a seriously popular health option for people of all ages. If you haven't had a chance to try it, why not read about it first.

A new book, Yoga Postures for your body, mind & soul (HarperCollins Publishers)
Introduces the 1000-year-old technique that aims to help body, mind and soul.'


Sunday Life: Jan 2000

TOP TEN: BOOK REVIEW

Title: Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul
Author: Jessie Chapman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Soft cover, rrp $19.95

'This is an attractive, well designed and well thought out book. What I liked about it was the author Jessie Chapman of Byron Bay, did not assume that we all know something about yoga. Right from the beginning we are given a detailed introduction to yoga. What it is, what the terms mean. We are given advice on when, where and how to practice yoga, what clothes to wear, the importance of breathing, commonsense rules and precautions.
We are then taken through the beautifully-shot yoga positions (demonstrated by Jessie and friends on a Byron Bay beach with the surf in the background - inspiring). Each position is photographed. We do not have to assume anything.

And the best bit is the index. Not just a bunch of hard to pronounce words. Firstly there is an idex of all positions complete with a stamp size photo of the position.
Then there's the breakdown of the types of yoga positions (with pics) suitable for certain healing - relieving headache, backache, rejuvenation, focus and balance…So if there is a particular physical or emotional feeling you want to address, just flick to the index. You don't have to wade through a plethora of terms.

Well done Jessie!!

The book contains all key postures, their benefits and healing potential; practical tips on getting started with yoga; more than 30 yoga courses; and a safe sequence for pregnant women. It's for novices, yoga buffs and fitness freaks. RATED 10'


Southern Crossings Magazine: Jan/Feb 2000

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Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul by Jessie Chapman

'Yoga means…relaxation, suppleness, strength, breathing, meditation, lightness, stretching, union, sacred space, inspiration. Feel the tightness melting away….Jessie Chapman and photographer Dhyan introduce you to a thousand year old technique that will free you from the stress and strain of daily life. Yoga is the rejuvenation of body, mind & soul.'


Dymocks Booksellers: Jan 2000

Mind Body Spirit New Age

Critics Choice:
Bend your body to the will of the guru.

Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul
Jessie Chapman

'Yoga means…relaxation, suppleness, strength, breathing, meditation, lightness, stretching, union, sacred space, inspiration. Feel the tightness melting away as yoga guru Jessie Chapman and photographer Dhyan introduce you to a thousand year old technique that will free you from the stress and strain of daily life. Yoga is the rejuvenation technique for the soul.'

Reviewed by Katie Jakovcevic


nine to five: Sydney Edition: Jan 2000

Featured a full 2page interview with Jessie Chapman plus photographs. Interview by By Annette O'Donnell


Byron Shire Echo: Jan 2000

Postures for the body, mind and soul

'Responding to the rowing interest in Yoga, local Yoga practitioner Jessie Chapman and photographer Dhyan have put together a book called Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul. Photographed on the beaches of Byron Bay it is full of black and white pictures of local Yoga practitioners demonstrating the physical postures or asana's.
'Byron shires is full of yoga practitioners' says Jessie. 'We are known around Australia and the world for our huge Yoga following and excellent standards of Yoga teachers.'
Jessie says more and more people are discovering Yoga and the physical postures. Some practice the physical postures to maintain good physical health and for their remedial benefits. Some for their ability to quiet and empty the mind of busy thoughts and to relax, others to learn how to breathe slowly, deeply and fully. 'Yoga is a journey of self discovery and the practice of yoga helps us to get in touch with ourselves and our highest potential.'
Designed for the beginner to the practice of yoga postures, the book is easy to understand and follow. It gives lots of information on how to position, breathe, hold and focus in the postures with a list of benefits. The book also has easy to follow short courses, some of which are remedial and help to relieve certain general ailments such as stress, fatigue and premenstrual tension.'

Published by Harper Collins, it's available from bookstores and new age shops throughout the shire.


The Sunday Telegraph: Dec 1999

Yoga: The Soul Story by Simone Hewett

'…Byron Bay yoga teacher Jessie Chapman says her aim is to help people who want to free themselves from the stress and strain of daily life and get in touch with t'heir body, mind and soul.
Ms Chapman's new book, Yoga Postures for your Body Mind & Soul, aims to introduce beginners to a variety of relaxation and meditation techniques.
She offers practical tips on getting started with yoga, and includes more than 30 courses covering sequences for the relief of conditions such as headache and backache. There's also a safe sequence for pregnant women…'