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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 »

“40 Ways Yoga Heals”

An excerpt from Yoga As Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, M.D.

Many of yoga’s benefits can be explained in ways that conform with Western ways of knowing.  Here are forty ways that yoga facilitates better health, both as prevention and as treatment, that are supported by evidence.

  1. Increases Flexibility
  2. Strengthens Muscles
  3. Improves Balance
  4. Improves Immune Function
  5. Improves Posture continue reading »

Book Review: “Back Care Basics”

Back Care Basics – A Doctor’s Gentle Yoga Program For Back and Neck Pain Relief

Author: Mary Pullig Schatz, MD

Back Care Basics

Back Care Basics

As the title suggests, this book is geared toward those with injuries, but I think this may be too limiting. I found it extremely helpful and think it would benefit many students, including those looking for a gentle home practice or sequences to help relax and de-stress. It will also assist a student interested in learning more about the anatomy of the spine and how we are put together structurally.

I think this book takes the topic of relaxation to a new level. The variety of restorative poses and the pictures showing different ways the props could be used offer diverse practices tailored to fit each person’s body. It is precise (with an entire section devoted to the rolling of the towels correctly), and it is nice to see that many of the props are everyday home items like chairs and towels.

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