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. It is 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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If you’ve been looking at pinterest lately (and frankly who hasn’t?) then you will have noticed the popularity of vision boards. Often incorporated into a journaling routine, vision boarding is a way of creating inspiration and visualization for the life you want. As we fast approach a New Year now is the perfect time to create a vision board for 2018.
Vision boards don’t need to be complicated and are easily created. Try not to be precious about producing a finished board and think of it as a work in progress. Even if you start with just a couple of images you can always revise and add to your board over time.
The holidays are a sneaking up on us already and its time to get going with those gift lists but what do you give that yoga loving loved one in your life? How about a little inspiration with these handmade gifts for yoga lovers.
Here are a few ideas from Etsy, the ultimate handmade gift resource, for beautifully crafted gifts that would compliment any yogi’s practice.
We’ve all done it. Made those excuses about attending class or doing our home practice – weather’s too hot/wet/cold (delete as appropriate), the to do list is too long to spare any time, the kids lego collection needs organizing or whatever other random reason you can come up with to avoid practice.
We all have busy lives and countless pulls on our time and energy but practicing yoga, for whatever amount of time you can, has sooo many benefits. If you’re really not feeling it, focus on breathing for just a moment. A single breath might become one minute which might become five which might turn into ten.
Here are seven short and sweet tips for keeping your yoga going on those days when you’re really can’t be asana’d