Enhancing Your Yoga Practice with a Book
Yoga is such an intricate practice that no matter what level of yogi you are, there’s always more to learn and more ways you can improve your practice. Most people turn to videos or Instagram these days for yoga inspiration; but good old fashioned books can motivate you and enhance your yoga practice in so many different ways. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 20 years now. When I pick up a yoga book, I still find myself discovering little nuances about the traditional practice that I either never knew, or hadn’t thought about in a while. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline. Adding a book to your practice can help you connect your mind and your intellect, to your practice. Below are some new yoga books I recently discovered and thought I would share them with you.
Yoga Gym: Yoga Gym puts to rest the notion that yoga is only about stretching. This book offers a 28 day plan that will build strength, improve mobility, and burn fat.
Yogasana: This book is great for the yogi looking to deepen their understanding of Yoga. It offers 800 unique poses and progressions. What’s cool is that it lists the names of each traditional yoga pose in Sanskrit, Romanized Sanskrit, and English and provides guided translation charts. The reader gains an understanding of the rich historical and spiritual naming system behind each asana.
The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions: Step by step guide to inversions! Perfect for the beginner learning inversions and may be to shy to ask question in class, or learns better by reading/seeing. Also great for anyone looking to brush up on form and maybe learn something new!
The Student’s Manual to Yoga Anatomy: This is one of my favorites. It has 50 step-by-step illustrated poses (asanas) that are perfect for working through each section of the body. The book gives an overview of the musculoskeletal system to explain the body systems and terminology discussed. A most have for yoga teachers in training, or those that are interested in understanding how the human body moves.
As you can see, just like there’s a different style of yoga for everyone, there’s a yoga book for everyone! The versatility of yoga such a beautiful thing, from strengthening and stretching the body, to calming the mind, to enhancing your intellect and deepening your spiritual beliefs. Some days, yoga is all of these things to you; and others, it may just be one facet. On days when your mind feels like working more than your body, try picking up a yoga book and see what you discover!
Also on my bookshelf to name a few more:
Light on Yoga
BKS Iyengar Path to Holistic Health
Key Muscles of Yoga
Wherever Yoga Go There You Are
A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe
Staying Healthy With the Seasons
The Science of Breath
What are some of your favorite yoga reads?
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!