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5 Books for Yogi Wannabes (Like Me!)

I love it when the publisher I request books from gets yoga-related books. Yoga has been a part of my life for over a decade. It’s an amazing way to find calm, ease muscle pain, get better posture, and lose weight. I don’t practice as much as I should, but I find inspiration in every new book and fitness video we add to our collection.

If you’re looking for some books on yoga and yoga-related topics, I’m about to share with you five books that are worth checking out.

Restorative Yoga for Beginners by Julia Clarke

51KgI7p5aqL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Yoga is a healing practice that can help with everything from joint pain to digestive issues. Restorative Yoga for Beginners is filled with gentle poses to help you feel whole and balanced.

The book is sectioned off into poses for what ails you, starting with beginners’ poses. You will find poses for stress relief, pain relief, and other healing poses. Learn about proper breathing and meditations that will help enhance your health, well-being, and your yoga practice.

Expect to find easy-to-follow and step-by-step instructions for each pose, including how to turn your poses into a sequence.

Yin Yoga by Diane R. Paylor51sVuCakJjL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

Yoga is grounding and balancing. Yin Yoga is a book packed with balancing poses that will help you feel energetic and in control.

The book begins with a description of the basics of Yin yoga and how it is different from the basic yoga you may be used to. Then you will learn a collection of Yin poses and Yang poses. Once you’ve got that down, Paylor goes into sequences to balance your body and mind.

My favorite section of the book is the chapter on “Seasonal Practices.” Consider warming up this winter with a Winter Warmer or celebrating the next new year with a New Year Revitalizer.

Essential Chakra Yoga by Christina D’Arrigo

51LOBHPq49L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_This is by far my favorite yoga book to date. I am a student of chakra healing, so something that teaches me even more about how to balance our meridians is a must in my collection.

Essential Chakra Yoga is more than your basic yoga pose book. Instead of only covering the poses, they delve into how each pose works with certain chakras. It’s not only an excellent primer for someone interested in yoga but also a great tool for learning more about chakras.

I am overly educated in chakras, so I found the connection of yoga to each chakra the most interesting as someone with only a basic knowledge of yoga. The book starts off with a lesson to the reader in how yoga and chakra healing work together, as well as a primer on the chakras. The next seven chapters talk about each individual chakra, offering balancing poses to heal and open. The final two chapters cover how to heal more than one chakra at a time and how to heal your inner self (something we could all use).

A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras by Ram Bhakt51bUHaS-ZCL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_

To explain it at the very basic level, sutras are laws or instructions. The Yoga Sutras are something Yogis learn in their training. To be a traditional yoga teacher, you don’t just learn posses—You learn the sutras and follow them as law in your yoga practice.

Whether you intend on teaching yoga classes or you simply want to enhance your own yoga practice, A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras is a must-read. I love the wisdom within this book—And it offers more than the standard sutras. This book is a collection of modern reflections on the path of the yogi.

A couple of my favorite reflections are those on the spirit experiencing itself when the mind is calm, on attachment coming from the experience of pleasure, and how by mastering our energy, our soul can flow.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations by Autumn Adams

41jgljuTETL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If you don’t know about mudras, you’re missing out. Mudras are hand gestures that are used to find calm and healing. Yogis use mudras often to get into the right state of mind for practice.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations is filled with everything you need to know about mudras if you’re just beginning with them, and some stuff that you may not know or may have forgotten.

I love that the author talks about chakras at the beginning of the book. You’ll learn how to combine mudras with your meditation process, helping you get deeper and more balances in your practice. I absolutely love this book. It’s healing and beautiful.

 

 

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A Journal for Everyone (Food, Meditation, Poetry, Goals)

Here are four journals worth checking out.

Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better by Nazima Qureshi

41hNqDiVMkL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Trying to get healthy? Having dietary issues? This is the journal for you.

Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better is a 52-Week Food Journal that will help you eat healthier and learn which foods might be causing you trouble.

Each entry space allows for your meals throughout the day and snacks. Track how much water you drink, how you felt after the meal, how much sleep you got the night before, and whether or not you exercised. There’s an extra space to record your cravings that day and what you did about them.

I loved this book. I especially loved that at the end of each week, there is a space to reflect on the week and how you felt about the outcome. You can jot down notes on what you want to do the next week differently.

The Practical Meditation Journal by Jim Martin51T0gyJrxJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I took a course on meditation through my schooling. I loved it. I also had to write a meditation and record it. This opened up a huge new passion, and my husband and I are actually working on a meditation album together (he’s doing the music, I’m doing the rest).

The Practical Meditation Journal will walk you through meditations and allow you space to write down how the meditation made you feel, among other things. Not only do you get the experience of meditation, but you also get to start using guided journaling, both of which are good for your mind and soul.

In Her Words – A Poetry Journal by Marya Layth

411FDJ6dfaL._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_I expected more out of this book when I requested it. I was expecting a guided journal that would inspire poetry from me. That’s not what it is. I mean, it’s meant to inspire, but it’s not a guided journal. It’s a basic journal with mostly blank pages. Keep reading, I’ll tell you what it holds within – you may still be interested.

In Her Words is a collection of quotes from women poets. Every other page begins with a quote. You can use the quotes as inspiration if that works for you. I didn’t find any of them to be all that poetically inspiring – but that’s just me. You could use the journal like any other blank book to write your poetry of choice. It’s up to you!

Dream Big – A 5-Minute Goal Journal41JqsSizjCL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_

Got goals? Feel like you’re never going to reach your big goals? This journal might be able to help you meet your goals in just 5-minutes a day.

This is a guided journal that will ask you a lot of questions about your goals and what you want to accomplish with your life. This is the book to help you master your life’s work.

I like Dream Big because it really gets you focused on the day-to-day of chasing your dream and meeting your goals.

So, I got these books free from the publisher under no obligation to even do these reviews!