There is certainly no shortage of awesome readings on yoga - Here are some of my favorite … they run the gamut:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga
This was my first yoga book and I still tout it as the most comprehensive yet simplistic view of yoga. You'll even learn some sanskrit in a humorous tone!
For more serious yoga reading:
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar - not exactly 'lite' reading, but very insightful!
Autobiography of a Yogi - is a fascinating account of spiritual transformation that is profoundly inspiring … great for pure yoga entertainment!
I had the wonderful joy of attending a yoga workshop given by Judith Lasater in 1999. She is a great inspiration and brings a lot of humor into the deep subject of Yoga. Her book, Living Your Yoga is the next best thing to meeting her in person and I highly recommend it!
Back to the deep side of yoga - you'll need a pot of coffee or two for this one and the more time you can carve out at each sitting with the book, the better:
Truly the 'bible' of yoga, the sutras are a way to experience your yoga 'off the mat'. In my personal experience, that which you read in the book will come to you on your mat, and vice versa. A deep and profound study of the human psyche. The Sutras are a collection of yoga principles written more than 2000 years ago by the Indian sage, Patanjali. Through dedicated yoga practice, the Sutra principles evolve to allow the practitioner to transform himself and gain mastery over the mind and emotions. This in turn allows one to turn inward enough to awaken spirit and ultimately attain 'Moksha' - salvation. Union with the Divine - truly a liberating and joyous experience! Obviously, the book that has had the most influence on my personal practice!
The Roots of Yoga
Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as 'Guru of Gurus', is responsible for almost all of what we currently know as Yoga. To see him in Asana and Pranayama, check out this rare video of him taken in 1938:
I have been blessed with the opportunity to train at workshops with the following Yogis and Yoginis and my practice is greatly influenced by their teachings:
Although I have not yet had the fortune to train with Rodney (his workshops book up in an instant EVERY conference that I attend), I have several of his DVD's and he is nothing short of amazing - his beginner series is awesome if you are just beginning your own practice:
The dynamics of yoga in a group environment are incredible and very important … shared prana is amazing. However, the development of your own personal practice becomes of equal importance. This invariably leads my students to ask 'How? Where do I begin without an instructor at home?' One of the best resources and one that is FREE of charge (that's hard to come by!) is an internet based Yoga practice found here:
There you will have a fresh new practice daily!
Here is the link to an interactive reflexology web site ! See why I am claiming that the secret to wellness lies in the sole of the foot!
I had a great opportunity to study with Mark Whitwell at Moksha in Chicago in 2005 and still teach with his influence. Check out this You Tube of Mark Whitwell to learn more:
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Do not miss the opportunity to attend Bahkti Fest - we are SO lucky to have this event in Madison. I hope to see you there!
Also consider attending The Tantra Vinyasa Yoga Conference in Detroit in early April 2013.
And always watch for Yoga Journal events at their website Yoga Journal Conference.
A KIRTAN provides an opportunity to clear oneself from the dregs of the mundane world. At a KIRTAN, we use group energy to lift and inspire, as we chant the holy names to music. The energy in the room builds and intensifies as the evening progresses.
For a Kirtan in the Madison area please visit http://www.raganiworld.com/