Vital Yoga A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers ~ Book Review ~ Gifts Ideas

Are you looking for last minute gift ideas for the Yoga lovers on your list? Here is a great guide to Yoga for students and teachers. I have been reading through it multiple times as it is a great reference to yoga moves, history and how to help others learn yoga. 

I am pretty new to yoga since I started my fitness journey but my Dr has been bugging me to get into it as it would help build core strength and relieve some of my back pain I was having in the past. I love doing the yoga stretches especially if I am sore, tired or I even found that yoga helps when it is that time of the month. I find if I can't/don't feel up to my regular workout I will do yoga instead. I am hoping to implement it more into my week even if it is just a few times a week to get that good stretch either in the am or pm. 

About Vital Yoga:

From a longtime yoga teacher, this highly visual, broadly informative resource gives serious yoga practitioners a wide-ranging framework that will enrich their practice.

As any yoga student or teacher knows, there’s more to yoga than Downward Dog. Meta Chaya Hirschl’s immersive guide offers a complete vision of yoga, from its historical and spiritual roots to modern practice. Whether you are a novice yogi or an experienced instructor, Vital Yoga will help you unlock yoga’s full potential—and your own. 

   Focusing on the traditional eight limbs of yoga, Hirschl covers a wide range of essential topics in three sections: Before the Mat, On the Mat, and Into the World. In Before the Mat, you’ll learn about the history and philosophy of yoga, with fresh insights into:

• Fundamental texts like the Bhagavad Gita
• The role of vibration in yogic practice
• Mantras for everything from health to job hunting

In On the Mat, you’ll find practical instructions for every aspect of yoga, including:

• Breathing consciously to guide your vital energies
• Meditating to master and heighten your senses
• Posing with intention, strength, and balance

   And finally, you’ll go Into the World. For Hirschl, the true benefits of yoga come not from perfect poses, but from using yoga every day to help yourself and others—so she covers how you can improve your confidence, health, and even your sex life with yoga, and how you can teach others to do the same.

   Throughout, Vital Yoga invites you to delve into the heart of yoga with derivations of Sanskrit terms, “stealth” yoga practices you can do anywhere, wisdom from the great sages, and accounts by contemporary yogis. Its goal is to help you connect to your inner self, transcend fear and attachment to the stresses of life, and achieve bliss—and when you’ve achieved it, you’ll be able to share it.

This is a fabulous resource book for beginners and teachers. There are yoga poses that are modified for all individuals needs. It has a chapter on mediation and also on yoga therapy. It has been a great addition to my book shelve and I am sure it would make a fabulous gift for a yoga lover.

Pick up a copy today from Thomas Allen & Son Ltd.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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