Ready For Yoga: Getting Started in a Way that Works For You Paperback – September 5, 2018
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I bought this book for its promise to be practical and with the hope that it would help me prepare to wade into the yoga waters slowly and comfortably.
This book delivered all of that, BIG TIME. The author makes it relatable (the Yogi Next Door sections are great), and introduces you to yoga the way your best friend from high school would— and you find yourself learning without feeling like you’re being “taught”. She does an excellent job keeping everything accessible and casual... like having a trusted friend guiding you.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone starting yoga, anyone thinking of quitting or not entirely at ease practicing yoga (like me), and for anyone teaching yoga (to use as a guide for helping beginners). Just like yoga, this book is for everyone.
The author takes the practice of yoga which can be intimidating to first timers and has a conversation with the reader that feels informal and friendly. This book is a guide to getting started and arms readers with an understanding of yoga basics such as types of yoga classes and class structure which I found useful and interesting.
The message of the book is that yoga is for everyone and reminds the reader throughout that they can not only participate in yoga but can benefit from it.
A great conversation about yoga, a must read - and of course you'll get the answer to "What if I fart in class?"
The author is warm and conversational--not prescriptive or pushy. As I read, it felt like an upbeat friend or life coach was walking alongside me and offering support. It helped me identify my personal hurdles to yoga and create a realistic plan that aligns with MY reasons for wanting to practice (not the reasons that I thought I should practice). Now, after more than a year off, I'm happy to report that I'm back on the mat, practicing yoga in a way that works for me.
This quick but substantive book repeatedly hit me over the head with my limiting assumptions, provided clear information I struggled to collect elsewhere, and helped me see myself with my feet on a mat. The writing is clean and clear—efficient yet colorful, sophisticated yet simple, expert but not cultish, motivating but not authoritative. It was compelling and pleasant to read, and organized in a way that will serve as an ongoing reference. I highly recommend Ready for Yoga.