GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - To enhance the second edition of "Therapeutic Yoga," Karen Church went to the land where the earliest written record of Yoga is located, India.
Church brought along some technology that wasn't around when Patanjali, a yogic sage, published his text about 2,500 years ago. But she credits that technology for allowing for her book to happen.
However, she added that the worst part about the process was "sitting at the computer for so long."
The second edition of "Therapeutic Yoga" by Church has been published, and she described it as a book to help patients improve their self-care while at home.
"It helps people figure out how to do self-care," Church said. "Along with how to take care with body mechanics."
Church also said a huge difference in this edition is the photographs she was able to collect in her travels and studies of yoga and physical therapy.
"I think the blending of so many different things [yoga, physical therapy and photography] has been really fun," she said.
Church was able to travel to India right after the first edition was published. She was hired by a yoga instructor, Desiree Rumbaugh, to be a photographer for the trip.
During the trip, Rumbaugh became one of the two models for the instruction in the book. Glenwood Springs High School graduate and current medical student Marco Salmen is the other.
Church said she got the idea for the book after she saw the need for information, and as a physical therapist she was always writing out instructions for patients.
"I wanted to give information to patients," she said. "Usually people need it written down for good instruction, they need to do the exercises properly to get a benefit, which is a need for most patients."
She said she started on the book last summer and after two trips to India and a lot of work on the computer, the second edition is a lot different than the first.
"I just started throwing everything together," she said. "I completely reformatted the book so it's a lot more user friendly. Everything is weaved throughout, and its really blended."
The second edition of "Therapeutic Yoga" is available now through Church's website, therapeuticyoga.net, for $24.95 plus shipping. Church will also be setting up book signings around the area, and that information will be on the website as well.