With the fast development of technology these days, perhaps you are no longer interested in sitting down reading through a book. With just one TV, laptop or cell phone, you will be able to access millions of images or tutorial videos on what you are going to learn. And yoga is not an exception.
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To many people, maybe watching a Youtube video on how to do a yoga pose would be much more convenient and less time consuming than scanning all the texts in a book. And in theory, looking at the directions in a video would be easier for us to imitate.
However, if you are a beginner, sometimes you can’t help feeling frustrated with difficult poses. And in this case, reading something inspiring is very important.
Check out the following 7 yoga books for beginners and for kids to help you and your children get more fun on your journey:
The Heart of Yoga – Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachara:
This is a great book for home yogis, who prefer practicing individually without the help of an instructor. Normally, the feeling of practice in a yoga class would be very different from doing the poses at home by yourself.
You will not be able to observe your instructor directly and also get no practitioners around you to follow. Or in case you are a beginner but can’t afford to pay for a course, maybe you will feel afraid because you don’t know where to start.
If you are still wavering, Desikachara’s book will be a step-by-step guide on how to establish a practice at home that suits your physical and emotional needs as well as your level. It is essential for those who want to build a foundation of yoga just by exercising personally in a private place. You will gradually increase the responsibility to your routine and get more motivation to remain that in a long time.
The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig:
This book is very popular for people at beginning level. Everything is described in detail and is quite accessible for everyone.
In the first 40 pages of the book, the author explains the whole history of yoga, its 8 limbs, the benefits learners can gain, as well as answers the most frequently asked questions about yoga. Next, she introduces some basic poses with color photographs, anatomical cues and tips for correct alignment in a very understandable way.
After reading through all of this, you will get an overall idea of yoga even if you have never been trained on this before. Kathryn also includes a series of 15 minute flows for strength building, healing a broken heart, or reducing anxiety.
Yoga for Beginners by Cory Martin:
This is one of the Must-read yoga books for beginners in 2019. If you are totally new to yoga, it would be a perfect choice for you. It’s quite informative, including step-by-step instructions on 35 fundamental positions to help you get started. Everything is explained not only by texts but also by full-color illustrations. There are also 5 restorative meditations, nutrition tips, and a guide on how to build your own yoga sequences. You will have everything you need to become a yogi.
The writing style is very friendly to readers, making them feel like the book is written by a friend, not a professional instructor. The book also has the information on how to practice while being pregnant. All the knowledge is described in detail, but not too overwhelming, so you can study it at your own pace.
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates
This is a very interesting yoga book for kids written by Mariam Gates. Even adults who want to become a yoga teacher for kids from 2-13 years old can also read this. This book is more than a story.
The vibrant illustrations in this picture book will surely make your kids interested and want to start a basic yoga practice right away. They will begin with a few deep breaths, and some simple stretches, increasing their confidence as well as concentration throughout the day.
The routines in this book are very easy. They are not only for children but also for adults who are newbies to yoga. Parents and kids can read this and have fun of practicing together.
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates
Good Night Yoga is also a book for kids in the same series with Good Morning Yoga written by the same author. It offers an evening yoga practice for kids to soothe and relax the body and mind for a good sleep.
It is beautifully illustrated while telling the story about the natural world when the night is coming and teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures through their favourite characters from the nature.
Kids and beginner adults will be able to learn how to relax their mind, release the body, focus attention and improve the confidence and well-being.
Yoga For Life, A Journey To Inner Peace And Freedom By Colleen Saidman Yee:
Yoga For Life, A Journey To Inner Peace And Freedom is a remarkable story about how Colleen Saidman Yee found herself through the healing power of yoga and inspires others to do the same.
Readers will hear the whole story from the moment she took a very first yoga class to the life’s greatest challenges she had to deal with, and learnt that yoga is the key answer to all of those events.
At the end of each chapter, she also offers short yoga sequences designed for specific emotional and psychological effects drawn from the events in her life story. You will definitely have various emotions during the time spent reading through each chapter.
Beyond Power Yoga, 8 Levels Of Practice For Body And Soul By Beryl Bender Birch:
This book is also a good choice for those who are looking for a guide on home practice with in-depth instruction for asana, pranayama, pratyahara, concentration and meditation methods.
You will learn how to balance and heal your body, focus and relax your mind, increase energy, and create a spiritual connection to the Universal Consciousness. It is worth a try!
That’s it! You can look for the abovementioned yoga books for beginners or yoga books for kids and start right away the wonderful journey with this practice!