Whether you’re trying yoga for the first time or experienced in the practice, there is always room to grow. In fact, event the most experienced yogi will tell you that you’re never done learning and growing. Our Locally Grown partner for the month of November, Lisa McKernan of Yoga Balance, Inc. has shared some books to help you on your own yoga journey.
The practice of yoga has many apparent benefits including increased strength, flexibility and balance. What many do not realize is that it also helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga strengthens your body from the inside-out by allowing for stillness in a busy world, uncluttering the mind and maintaining focus. Here are some of the books that have been invaluable to me on my yoga journey.
Books For Your Yoga Journey
Hatha Yoga Illustrated
by Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon and Daniel DeTuro
Individual poses are presented from start to finish, showing you how to achieve proper alignment and breathing to ensure challenging yet safe execution. The result is an increase in the effectiveness, both physically and mentally, you’ll experience with each pose. Several pose variations based on your personal preference, ability, and fitness level are also included.
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
The 365 meditations included in this book offer a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day, during evening reflection, Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone’s yoga journey.
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life
by Judith Lasater
Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, she serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you.
Inspiring and practical, Lasater blends her heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experiences as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend, and yoga practitioner and teacher. The result: a new yoga that beckons you to find the spiritual in everyday life.
Yoga Journal (monthly magazine)
Yoga Journal is your guide to better health, nutrition, personal growth, fitness and inner peace. You ll learn revitalizing yoga techniques taught by the masters.
Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi
Mudras–also playfully called “finger power points”–are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking, at any time and place. Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this eastern art of healing, well-known Swiss yoga teacher, Gertrud Hirschi, shows how these easy techniques can recharge personal energy reserves and improve quality of life. These mysterious healing gestures can calm the stress, aggravations, and frustrations of everyday life.
*book descriptions from Amazon
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