I Googled ‘benefits of yoga’ the other day and it came up with over 41 million results. Yikes! But just for the sake of balance, I also googled ‘negatives of yoga’. Up popped a few hundred thousand results. Hardly scientific, I know, but it did strike me that there are a lot of people interested in yoga and and adding to the ever rising popularity of yoga.
A recent research report called ‘2016 Yoga in America’ conducted by Yoga Journal (a popular yoga magazine) and the Yoga Alliance (a kind of umbrella administrative organisation for yoga) found that approximately 37million Americans are practicing yoga today in 2016. 37 million!
This is a phenomenal number and, get this, even more amazing – apparently this is an increase from 20 million in 2012. An additional 17 million yogis in the space of only four years.
yoga truly is a practice for everyone and is not just the domain of the young, fit and strong
Clearly, yoga is becoming more and more popular year on year and we, as a nation, are more informed about the benefits of the practice. According to findings in the same report almost a third of those practicing yoga are over 55 proving that yoga truly is a practice for everyone and is not just the domain of the young, fit and strong – the common misconception and stereotypical image we are fed through the media.
Yoga Appeals to Everyone
Yoga attracts a very broad demographic. All ages from kids through to seniors with more and more guys picking up the mat too.
As yoga’s popularity grows, so do the opportunities for us to study yoga whether it is through a class, online video, phone app, DVD, book or magazine. Never has there been this much choice to study yoga and long may it continue.
If you want to learn more about the report’s findings go take a peak at the Yoga Alliance website on yogaalliance.org. It makes for interesting reading.
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. This Time special edition magazine is a collection of articles on the subject
Mindfulness, defined as ‘focusing one’s full attention only on the present’ has become a much talked about topic of late. I’ve heard it mentioned in classes and noticed a growing number of books, magazines and web articles discussing the topic.
Of course, having a bunch of information is useful but when there are so many sources it can also be overwhelming.
The nice thing about this magazine format is that it skims off the cream of the crop in terms of content pulling a great range of articles together into one place.
If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness without committing to in depth research it’s well worth a look.
The magazine is broken up into three topic sections.
Part One: Outsmart Stress. Including stress management, sleep habits and digital stresses
Part Two: Find your Center. Meditation, gratitude and finding purpose.
Part Three: Eat, Play, Thrive. Yoga, diet and doing things you enjoy.
A little on the expensive side as, at $13.99, it is the price of a book but, nevertheless, packed full of easy to read content. If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness without committing to in depth research it’s well worth a look.
Mindfulness – The New Science of Health and Happiness. Time Special Edition can be found at some supermarkets (I found my copy in Sprouts) as well as bookstores and online.
Hatha Yoga Illustrated is a great book for any new student looking to find out a little more about yoga poses. I was gifted my copy many years ago and have often referred to it since.
It is a great visual reference with clear photos of many of the poses, or asanas, you will discover in a class setting. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific group of poses like standing, twists and balances making it an easy to use yoga pose reference.
It is a great visual reference with clear photos of many of the poses you will discover in a class setting.
If you want to know more about yoga in a broader sense, chapter one outlines its history alongside other aspects of yoga such as breathing techniques and meditation. All of the information in this first chapter is easy to dip in to if you’re interested but not critical to enjoy practicing the physical aspect of yoga
Here are some of the great things about this book…..
clear photos of several poses for beginning students to advanced
photos demonstrate the use of props i.e. blankets, blocks & straps to assist in poses and also illustrate alternative variations
each pose is accompanied by a list of its physical and mental benefits along with any contraindications (when to avoid or adapt the pose according to any injuries or conditions you may have)
at the back of the book you’ll find some easy to follow yoga routines
the index shows a small photograph of the pose along with the pose name in English and the yogic description in Sanskrit (the ancient language used in yoga).
Whether it is your first yoga book purchase or you are expanding your collection, Hatha Yoga Illustrated makes a great addition to your bookshelf.