There’s a Book for That: National Yoga Month

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Can we hear a collective “namaste” for National Yoga Month? September was designated as National Yoga Month through the Department of Health and Human Services in 2008. Yoga is an ancient practice that’s been well-integrated into contemporary culture and universally acknowledged for its overall health benefits. Studies show yoga does everything from fighting anxiety and depression, to reducing inflammation in the body. In a time where we are focused on mental and physical health more than ever, the following titles are here to enlighten and help:

 

The Yoga Bible by Christina BrownTHE YOGA BIBLE by Christina Brown

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits their personal needs and abilities.

 

Science of Yoga by Ann SwansonSCIENCE OF YOGA: UNDERSTAND THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY TO PERFECT YOUR PRACTICE by Ann Swanson

Did you know that yoga practice can help treat age-related memory loss better than brain-training games? Recent scientific research now supports what were once anecdotal claims about the benefits of yoga to every system in the body. Science of Yoga is a riveting read that provides detailed insight into variations of key yoga poses and the specific benefits of different styles of yoga on the human body, system by system.

 

Living Ayurveda by Claire RagozzinoLIVING AYURVEDA: NOURISHING BODY AND MIND THROUGH SEASONAL RECIPES, RITUALS, AND YOGA by Claire Ragozzino

A hands-on holistic guide to self-care based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda—learn how to build a daily personal practice using food, breath, movement, and meditation to stay balanced and nourished through the seasons. Part cookbook, part lifestyle manual, each chapter includes simple vegetarian recipes, seasonal rituals, and self-care practices to cultivate your inner wisdom and feed your body, mind, and spirit.

 

Yoga Fitness for Men by Dean PohlmanYOGA FITNESS FOR MEN: BUILD STRENGTH, IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, AND INCREASE FLEXIBILITY by Dean Pohlman

Perfect for beginners! With straightforward language and easy-to-follow steps, Yoga Fitness for Men will teach you how to execute the yoga postures you need for greater endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength. Prop the book in front of your mat and let the full-color, step-by-step photography guide you through everything you need to know for an effective yoga practice.

 

Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses by Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiatoTEACHING YOGA BEYOND THE POSES: A PRACTICAL WORKBOOK FOR INTEGRATING THEMES, IDEAS, AND INSPIRATION INTO YOUR CLASS by Sage Rountree, Alexandra DeSiato, Cyndi Lee

Create class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts to inspire and motivate students. With a unique angle and practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who want to move to the next level.

 

Radiant Rest by Tracee StanleyRADIANT REST: YOGA NIDRA FOR DEEP RELAXATION AND AWAKENED CLARITY by Tracee Stanley

Yoga nidra is a practice devoted to allowing your body and mind to rest while your consciousness remains awake and aware, creating the opportunity for you to tap into a deeper understanding of yourself and your true nature. In Radiant Rest, Tracee Stanley draws on over twenty years of experience as a yoga nidra teacher and practitioner to introduce the history of yoga nidra, mind and body relaxation, and the surprising power of rest in our daily lives.

 

The Encyclopedia of Yoga and Tantra by Georg FeuersteinTHE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF YOGA AND TANTRA by Georg Feuerstein

An expanded and updated edition of a leading reference book on yoga and tantra—with over 2,500 entries and illustrations on topics such as dhyana, mudra, bhakti, and more. Now available in paperback for the first time.

 

 

The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep by Tenzin WangyalTHE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP by Tenzin Wangyal

Unlike in the Western psychological approach to dreams, the ultimate goal of Tibetan dream yoga is the recognition of the nature of mind or enlightenment itself. “If we cannot carry our practice into sleep,” Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche states, “if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake.”

 

Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses by Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiatoTEACHING YOGA BEYOND THE POSES: A PRACTICAL WORKBOOK FOR INTEGRATING THEMES, IDEAS, AND INSPIRATION INTO YOUR CLASS by Sage Rountree, Alexandra DeSiato, Cyndi Lee

Create class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts to inspire and motivate students. With a unique angle and practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who want to move to the next level.

 

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu DevanandaTHE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF YOGA by Swami Vishnu Devananda

Since 1960, more than 1 million people have used this classic guide to tap the incredible power of yoga. The attractive new edition, in a new size, will appeal to a wide audience of contemporary yoga students.

 

FOR YOUNGER PRACTITIONERS:

 

You Are a Lion! by Taeeun YooYOU ARE A LION! AND OTHER FUN YOGA POSES by Taeeun Yoo

With simple instructions and bright, clear illustrations, award-winning artist Taeeun Yoo invites children to enjoy yoga by assuming playful animal poses. And she sparks their imagination further by encouraging them to pretend to be the animal – to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more. Yoga is great for kids because it promotes flexibility and focus – and it’s relaxing good fun! The charming pictures of children and animals and the lyrical text make this gentle introduction to yoga a book to be treasured.

 

My First Yoga by DKMY FIRST YOGA by DK

My First Yoga helps preschoolers to develop their early learning skills as they name the animals and objects that go with each pose, broadening their vocabulary. The sturdy board book is made for kids to get hands-on with and is perfect for little children to hold by themselves. Yoga has many health benefits as it helps with balance, coordination and mindfulness — it’s never too early to start!

 

Yoga For Kids by Susannah HoffmanYOGA FOR KIDS by Susannah Hoffman; Foreword by Patricia Arquette

Teach your kids about yoga and mindfulness with this mindful yoga activity book. Yoga activities are a great way to teach children about relaxation, meditation, and peace–while having fun at the same time.

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