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Yoga Girl Paperback – March 24, 2015
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About the Author
Swedish native Rachel Brathen is a world-renowned yoga instructor who teaches workshops, leads yoga retreats, and gives lectures around the globe. Find her on Instagram @Yoga_Girl and online at YogaGirlBook.com.
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However, I was pleasantly surprised and Loved reading Rachel's story and ideas for a better life - the book is short and super easy to go through. You can read it in a day. The yoga exercises thought are very detailed and well explained and the book is worth having on hand for when you decide to follow Rachel's instructions.
I practice yoga on my own every day yet I found the yoga pages of the book to be helpful for me too - I think what this book does really well is make yoga very accessible and understandable. I think a lot of people struggle to try yoga as they think they will not be good enough for it - Rachel definitely jumps over that and delivers a very down-to-earth approach. Since her directions are so easy to follow, you can do it all on your own at home and not worry about what anyone else thinks of your downward dog. Greta job Rachel!
I will begin with the first thing that stood out, and that is the pictures. Beautiful inspiring shots of yoga poses, or just simple every day moments set in stunning scenery! Makes me just want to practice more, preferably in a location that is depicted in this book! But what also is notable, is Yoga Girl aka Rachel Brathen , is a normal looking healthy individual! There are so many books out there , with tiny, almost emaciated people airbrushed to perfection, telling others how to reach those standards which, are smoke and mirrors thanks to careful editing or require mammoth daily exercise time and a diet of nothing but green smoothies! It is refreshing to see a healthy and attainable look featured!
The introduction simply makes sense - the fact that we all run around, trying to earn more, own more, diet more, look better, searching for balance when in fact balance simply comes from slowing down " understanding your body and needs". I also love, love, love her mantra that balance means you can have your red wine and your green juice, your chocolate and your kale - I have always believed in a healthy and happy balance and yoga Girl does too!
The book is then divided into 7 chapters - the first Yoga Every Damn Day looks the lives we lead and finding ways to incorporate balance and yes, yoga into our lives - simple measures we can take. It is well written and encouraging; peppered with a Sun Salutation Sequence as well as notes for success,
Chapter two talks about in order to love the future, you need to love "what has come before" and the author takes us through her background with very different beginnings, involving drugs, alcohol and excessive behavior and , how this shaped her path and the life she leads today! Its compelling reading; and the notion of making peace with the past makes sense and we cannot change what has happened, only learn! This section has a great sequence : " Twists, hips and hamstrings"
Chapter three talks about life paths, opportunities, and taking charge of our lives, again heavily centered around the experience of the author ,but detailing ways we can make change too. The yoga sequence is core, balance and shoulder work.
Chapter 4 is about the soul ; the energy we put out, finding balance, and listening to your body , ending with a great Vinyasa sequence, including a beginners guide. Chapter 5 is something I can certainly stand to follow more and that is going with the flow, accepting the fact that challenge is part of life, and embracing the good times as well as the bad, with a great restorative sequence to follow! Chapter six helps readers to put love over fear - moving past fears, understanding that nervous energy is us breaking new ground and collecting new experiences including a detailed and challenging inversion set!
Finally we end with moments of silence; the manta: "We must love ourselves in order to receive love from others". This section had my favorite photography; and simply talks about being present in our lives and seeing the beauty that surrounds us. I also loved the fact that this section ends with medication; and is a simple, attainable guide to getting started!
There is so much to love about this book. Though it can help us achieve more balance and get more yoga into our lives, it is not done in a preachy way, but instead the authors shares personal experiences from her life that tie back to changes we can make. The workout sequences are detailed both in pictures and illustrations making them easy to follow along, and they are compact enough that you could do a little each day, or make one longer workout! There are even recipes thrown in - nothing necessarily new or complicated, but healthy, plant based ideas that are simple and easy to make!
A great read and beautiful guide to a more balanced...and yoga filled...life!