Reading Challenge: Big Gal Yoga

If you liked Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley, but need something for a total beginner, pick up Big Gal Yoga by Valerie Sun. It is pleasantly, dare I say charmingly, arranged and reading it was a pleasure. The photos are plentiful and helpful, and there’s so much more to love.

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Valerie covers the aspects of yogic philosophy, specifically relating them to having a bigger body, which made me so happy and comfortable. She handily covers all the basics of yoga, from the classic eight limbs to acro yoga.

The other small but great touch of this book are the lists of resources specifically for bigger bodies. Need some yoga inspiration? There’s a list of body positive yogis. How about clothes? There’s a list of big body friendly retailers! Diverse body positivity? There’s a list of websites! As a big/curvy/chunk yet funky/fat girl, this book was empowering without being pressuring.

Last but not least, (it’s probably 2/3 of the book) is the 30-Day Big Gal Yoga Challenge, which I will start soon. Just one pose a day to ease you in is perfect for someone trying to get into (or back into) yoga.

Next reading challenge is to be determined.

Reading Challenge: The Path of Yoga

If you want to read a concise but complete (and honest) book about the philosophy and practice of yoga, The Path of Yoga by Georg Feuerstein is the book for you.

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The thing I like most about this book does not flinch away from traditions that others leave out, such as tantra yoga, and the more bodily aspects of purification. The sections are detailed-but not so detailed as to be upsetting.

However, the material dealings of yoga are not the focus of this book. It is a well rounded, informative, and enjoyable read on the spiritual, physical, and philosophic aspects of yoga.

To me, it should be required reading for any aspiring yoga teacher.

Next week, I’ll review The Heart of Yoga by  T. K. V. Desikachar!

Reading Challenge: perfectly imperfect: the art and soul of yoga practice

Reading Challenge #1 is done! Perfectly Imperfect by Baron Baptiste lives up to its name. An excellent primer on the art and philosophy of yoga, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick intro to yoga in general.

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It is clear that some sections are written with the neuro-typical in mind, so don’t take them as instruction to blame yourself- remember it is meant to be freeing from the negativity others have loaded on you.

Next week I’ll read The Path of Yoga: An Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices by Georg Feuerstein.

Namaste!