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Home Practice Blues? Buy a Book!

If you’re eager to begin a home practice but unsure what to do, it’s time to get a basic practice book. First Street Yoga has several options to choose from depending on your needs and interests. Here are three favorites.

Yoga: The Iyengar Way, Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, and Shyam Mehta.

Yoga books tend to come and go. This classic, first published in 1990, remains the basic standby for beginners due to clear, accurate instructions coupled with large, detailed photos. The variety of asanas, from beginning to intermediate, means you won’t grow out of this book for years. Basic sequences offer a course of study for structured students as well as remedial courses for specific problems.

The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness, Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden.

This informative book structures asana instruction around the stages of women’s lives, from puberty to menopause and beyond. It has obvious advantages for women dealing with a variety of problems, but it is also an excellent, easy to use reference for any woman who would like to learn basic asana sequences for continue reading »

BKS Iyengar 1938 newsreel

When we practice asana, all we’re doing is moving some parts while keeping other parts still. Sounds simple but it demands increasing refinement. Notice the stillness of Mr. Iyengar’s foundation as he practices this flow.