You can often see how well loved and referred to a book is by the number of post it tabs that fan from its pages. There are many like this on my own yoga bookshelf and one of the most liberally sticky noted books I own is ‘Living Your Yoga’ by Judith Hanson Lasater.
This relatively short book packs a punch in its 170 or so pages dedicated to the spiritual aspects of yoga in our lives as opposed to the physical practices that we often associate with yoga in the West. This book is more of a ‘work in’ than a ‘work out’.
Broken up into three parts of seven chapters, Living Your Yoga is a practical, easy to read book that digs in to ‘finding the spiritual in everyday life’.
Part One focuses on awareness of ‘Yoga within Yourself’ made up of seven chapters including discipline, self judgement and courage. Part Two ‘Yoga & Relationships’ examines yoga with regard to personal relationships discussing topics like compassion and control while the third and final part embraces ‘Yoga in the World’ with chapters such as service and love.
Living Your Yoga is a practical, easy to read book that digs in to ‘finding the spiritual in everyday life’.
In each individual chapter Judith Lasater presents essays discussing the topic inspired by the classic yogic texts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Her essays are easy to read and relate to and offer achievable practice suggestions along with a handful of mantras to support your own practice.
My personal, well used copy of Living your Yoga is a constant ‘go to’ and full of post it tabs, notes and underlining. I dip into the pages regularly for my own dose of yoga inspiration and have found it to be an invaluable reference for class preparation.
I can’t recommend this book enough for its easy to relate to content and down to earth presentation that is accessible to any level of yoga practitioner whether a beginner or a seasoned teacher. The gifting time of year is upon us so why not give yourself a gift?
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