One of the many advantages of practicing yoga on the Muuyu platform is the ‘live and interactive’ element. As classes are relatively small (usually between 6 and 12 in each session) students have the chance to query their yoga instructor on all aspects of their practice, hear anecdotal details of their teachers’ own yoga journeys and generally engage in a way that quite quickly allows them to deepen their practice through personal guidance and insights from their instructors.
Sometimes this is enough. Other times it leads students on a quest to find further information on the theory of yoga and mindful living and to learn from the great yogis of our past and present.
Of course there is no substitute for practice but widening your knowledge of yoga is a lovely gift to give yourself if you are eager to embrace a more conscious lifestyle.
With that in mind, here are 5 great books on yoga and meditation:
Autobiography of a Yogi introduces the reader to the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. Swami Paramahansa was born in 1893 in India but moved to the US in 1920 where he taught yoga and meditation for over 30 years.
This book is a beautiful story of his remarkable life and a fascinating introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and the art of spiritual living.
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Every Day Life by Judith Lasater
Judith Lasater guides you into moving your yoga off the mat and into your real, every day life. Calling on the wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita, Lasater takes yoga beyond the breathing exercises and positions and helps you to find more meaning in your relationships and the world around you.
The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Joy Devi
As over 80% of all yoga practitioners in the West are female, this book will be of great interest to those who want to know what is the link between femaleness and yoga. Author and world-class yogini Nischala Joy Devi, writes from the perspective of the feminine to discuss the health, emotional and spiritual benefits of this ancient art.
Sharon Salzberg is considered one of America’s leading spiritual teachers and in this warm, down-to-earth book, she teaches how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help everyone discover a way to maintain loving relationships. Great for anyone interested in learning about Buddhism, meditation …or how to be kind to yourself.
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
A gorgeous introduction to the skills of mindfulness from Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He uses, anecdotes, stories and offers practical exercises so show how to achieve a fully present and mindfully conscious mind throughout your daily life, whether washing dishes or peeling fruit (I should give this to my partner whose peeling of an orange is like an extreme sport!)
Siobhan is the Head of Communication and Content withMuuyu and a co-founder of the company. Born in Ireland she has close to 20 years’ experience working in the areas of PR, communication and journalism. She is also the editor of the Muuyu blog. Siobhan has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her adult life. However it was while doing a post-natal yoga class when pregnant that she really began to connect with her practice and she has been a regular practitioner ever since.
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