This book was everything + nothing like I expected. Chosen as the 1st of 10 books to read for a Yoga Teacher Training program, I expected it to have a wonderful amount of detail on Yoga’s physical practice + a healthy dose of the other (rarely covered in the West) aspects of Yoga.
The book certainly delivered on that, but it also took me by surprise as to the LEVEL of detail - a level that is certainly required of any book for to-be Yoga teachers, but I believe that this book could be understood by even your average practitioner.
I wish I had known about this book when I first started Yoga (right around the time this book was 1st printed, ironically). Even after nearly a decade of practice, I feel as though, after reading this book, I’m practicing Yoga with a whole other level of awareness.
While I can easily give the book copious amounts of praise, I was sad to see the smaller selection of actual Yoga poses, including the classic Tree Pose. Understandably, there is only so much that you can cover in one book (and this book is STUFFED with info), but I was disappointed to see many of my favorite poses (many of which are beginner-to-intermediate level) left out. I’d LOVE to see Donna Farhi write another Yoga book with more poses - possibly a “Part 2” to this tome.
This book stands as vital proof that Yoga is far more than “just stretching”. I recommend this book to EVERY person who has thought about trying Yoga, practices Yoga, or teaches Yoga - no matter the style or type. This book will reconnect you to your practice in ways you never imagined.
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