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“A wonderful and very helpful book to guide you through the various choices of yoga practice.”
Doug Swenson, author of Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow and founder of Sadhana Yoga Chi

“Meagan McCrary captures the essence of multiple styles of yoga in this easy-to-read text. With the global explosion of yoga that has taken place over the past decade, this much-needed guide will help anyone to navigate the wide variety of choices now available. This book is an important complement to everyone’s yoga practice, providing deeper insights into the nuances of each style.”
Kia Miller, creator of the Radiant Body Yoga DVD series

“Until Meagan McCrary’s book, choosing the right style of yoga was like blind dating. You’d have to try various styles before finding the one for you. Now, finally, there’s a guidebook. Let this book be your yoga matchmaker.”
Brian Leaf, author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi

“Meagan McCrary’s book is perfect not only for those who are wondering how to choose a yoga class or style but also for those who are interested in an intelligent and thorough historical account of these yoga styles and their evolution in the West. This is a much-needed asset for anyone who’s ever been overwhelmed by the diversity of yoga methods out there!”
Amy Ippoliti, yoga teacher and cofounder of 90 Monkeys

About the Author

Meagan McCrary is a certified yoga instructor and journalist. Her yoga, wellness, and lifestyle writings are widely featured online and in print. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she teaches at various Equinox Sports Clubs, and leads yoga retreats nationally and internationally.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608681807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608681808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses", Claire Dederer spends a chapter (Pigeon) talking about the challenges of wanting to learn more about yoga and being completely overwhelmed by all the text out there. In her own words:

"One of the problems with yoga was that there was no bible. No urtext. No word of god. Really, this is because yoga is a technique for knowing god, or even becoming god. A technique cannot have a bible. It has, instead, a manual. Or many manuals."

She goes on to tell of the many books she read looking for an understanding of yoga, finishing up with:

"What I took away from my readings was this: I was, according to these scholars, not doing yoga. I was doing asana, and the origins of that were quite suspect."

Oh, how I felt for her! My own experience was one and the same. I started going to yoga classes for the same reason so many of us start - a friend asked me to come with an I liked it so I kept going. It was wonderful and I could quickly tell there was more to it. But where to learn more? A Google search for "yoga" returns 471,000,000 results (as of today). In no time one will, like me, be completely overwhelmed at all the information that seems to have no structure to it and says crazy things about not having sex and not eating meat or drinking wine. Such a turnoff! If only I had started with "Pick Your Yoga Practice", I would have saved months of research and wrong turns.

Meagan McCrary does a wonderful job of organizing thousands of years of knowledge into a quick cheat sheet of yoga. The first three chapters - Yoga Explained, America's Yoga History, and Philosophical Foundations - are worth the purchase alone.
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Look at nearly any Yoga studio schedule and you will likely be bombarded + perplexed by the variety of classes they offer: Vinyasa, Power, Gentle, Restorative, Kripalu, Forrest, Svaroopa, Iyengar, Ashtanga … and oh yes, there are still more! If you thought Yoga was just stretching with a chance to lie down at the end, you’ll probably be even less likely to try it after trying to decipher such a schedule.

I’m often asked by my students to describe the difference between class types + specific Yoga styles, giving them guidance on which would be right for them. Frankly, sometimes, I get tongue-tied + I even get different styles mixed up.

Now, when my students ask, I can simply recommend Meagan McCrary‘s new book, "Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga"!

Trying to navigate the complex + centuries-old traditions of Yoga can be mind boggling. Most of us come to Yoga for the physical practice, but if you attend classes regularly, you know that this is only a small part of the overarching concept of Yoga. That being said, what type of Yoga class you take may determine how soon + how deeply your are introduced to these other concepts. Also, the physical practice of asana can vary greatly between Yoga styles + different class levels.

I have to give 2 big thumbs up to Meagan for writing such a wonderfully detailed, yet not overwhelming, and very well-researched book about the continuously expanding sea of Yoga styles. Even though I’ve been practicing Yoga for 14 years + teaching for 2 years, she definitely taught me some new things about each Yoga style listed.
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Pick Your Yoga Practice by Meagan McCrary is a book all about yoga. If you don’t practice it yourself, you probably know someone who does. Maybe you just want to know more about it before deciding to try it out for yourself. If that is the case, this is the perfect book for you to do some research before practicing it at home or in a gym.

Pick Your Yoga Practice is a fantastic reference book for all of the different styles of yoga that is available for people to choose. The type you pick may have happened by accident, which is okay, but learning more about everything that is available is not just interesting, but can quite possibly help you to find a style that suits you better. Learn more about the styles of: ashtanga, iyengar, kundalini, integral, kripalu, bikram, jivamukti, sivananda, ananda, viniyoga, svaroopa, power, forrest, ishta, anusara, moksha, and acroyoga.

The author is a yoga teacher, so she knows and understands the subject very well. Her interest and knowledge in the topic shines through on the pages, and makes me want to take yoga more seriously. The author’s passion for yoga is definitely infectious!

As a reader you not only learn more about the types of yoga practices available, but also see how they can benefit you, or maybe not be for you at all. I like this because the type I was introduced to originally was just not for me. However, thanks to this book, I think I’ve found a few that I want to learn more about and also start practicing.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about yoga. If you already practice yoga, or are just thinking about it, this is a great book that you should definitely read. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Pick Your Yoga Practice, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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