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5 Great Books on Yoga & Meditation

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:

AutobiographyOfAYogiThe Autobiography of a Yogi by Swami Paramahansa Yogananda.

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.

YogaBooks02Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

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!)

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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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5 New Year’s Resolutions for New Yogis & Yoginis   

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Why Meditation Is Good For Your Gut

You may have remembered to have green smoothies during the holidays.  You may have learned not to neglect your yoga practice. Yet even with the best of intentions, chances are you ate more and moved less in December.  Although Buddha rocked his distended belly with a sly smile, you aren’t so certain the look is one that you want to maintain.

You may assume that the best way to get your optimal digestion back is with a kick-butt fitness sequence that has you miserable.  In fact,  sitting intentionally might be just what the yogi ordered.  Not sitting with a big bowl of dessert,  mind you,  but meditatively.

This may be the part of the article where you become absolutely certain that life is harder work than that.  However, don’t discount how difficult it can be to meditate on a consistent basis.  It is a challenge and one that can help heal your gut and balance your body.

Here are the three points that we think are absolutely fascinating and even more reason to carve out regular quiet time in 2015:

  • Tension can be everywhere.  If you are stressed (even the “good” stress that stokes your ambitious fire) it is likely your gut will be stressed as well.  Our body needs a little parasympathetic action to rest and digest.  Meditation can help the whole body to function more optimally as you re-learn how to relax and recover. Your digestive health will have no option but to follow suit.
  • You can control more than you think. You certainly can breathe without thinking about it (thank goodness!).  However, by taking the reigns every once in awhile and breathing deeply into the pit of your belly,  you can start to affect your own physiology.  Deep breaths with a straight spine will massage the internal organs, helping with peristalsis.  Let your belly be soft.  Most of us don’t take a deep breath all day long, so this may be one of your healthiest new habits.
  • Stress eating starts in the mind.  Sure, there are moments when it makes sense to eat a piece of chocolate rather than another head of kale.  But if the first thing that you are grabbing tends to supply quick energy that burns out quickly, you need to slow down.  Without slowing down,  you won’t be as able to control your cravings.  Some time in quiet can make your realize that your 3pm sweet craving is related to an emotion,  making it have a lot less hold on you.

There are many theories as to how long you should maintain a habit to make it stick. Give 30 days a try with tuja wellness and their absolutely free meditation challenge.  Every day, you will get a guided meditation sent to your inbox to bring you peace and pause. Sign up here and see if this calm lifestyle leads to a happier gut.

 

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Courtney Sunday wanted to write her first book by the age of 10.  Although she has not lived up to her own expectations, she now happily works as a freelance writer.  She is particularly pleased to be one of the writers for the Canadian healthy living website tuja wellness.   She also teaches yoga and Pilates and leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats around the world.  Visit her at her website or contact her through muuyu.

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On Being Silent

By Doris Richardson-Edsell, Yoga teacher and nurse

There is something enriching about not speaking, especially for an entire day.

When you are silent, things become clear in your mind, body and soul, and then you get in touch with that deeper part of yourself.  It is there right in front of you but you do not always see your spiritual self that wants to take care of you; offering your internal guidance that helps you to just be. When you find that pleasant area in your mind, you will know it well as it speaks to you; telling you that today will be good, and that all days are valued, even the ones where you are struggling with life; the good and bad days need to be honored.

Find time today to just be in silence, whether it is a mindful, meditative walk or just being with yourself in the silence of your home; focusing on your breath and nothing else.  It does not have to be a long time; just time to be without distractions and noise; time to think about nothing but your slow breath; a mindful way to get in touch with yourself and your inner soul.

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Soft music in the background helps to find silence for the day.  It sooths your soul and gives peace and harmony to your day.  Find a way that is yours alone; silently sitting, lying down or walking in silence. Beginning a meditative way about yourself can be so enriching; you begin to speak slower, do everything more mindfully and your body thanks you with a slower pulse and lower blood pressure.  Some will begin to notice the change in you; commenting on how peaceful you are.

Beginning with you in a graceful way

When your day begins with slowing yourself down to see where you are going and taking the time with each step that you need to do, you become calm and centered.  And you find that  listening to your body and its needs for the day, brings you to a place where you are taking care of all of your many selves; mind, body and soul.

These are the many ways to begin each day with a smile.

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Doris Richardson-Edsell is a a registered nurse, yoga instructor, author, mother and grandmother.  She has worked as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, New York, for over 25 years.

As an author she has penned a series of books on the topics of health and wellness, including plant based dieting, weight maintenance and vegan cooking.   Her latest e-book, ‘Maintaining Your Weight: Staying in the Center’, will be available on Amazon.com from 26th September.

 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read or hear more of Doris’ expertise, you can check out her webpage, Body Mind Health, where she discusses and advises on all topics concerning holistic healing and health.

You can also tune in to catch Doris on a2Zen.fm  tomorrow (25th September) 11pm EST when she’ll be interviewed on Angela Levesque’s ‘On Health & Healing’ show regarding the true meaning of ‘being healthy’.