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Yoga at Home: Gain Energy, Flexibility, and Serenity in 20-30 Minutes a Day Paperback – May 6, 2011
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About the Author
Laura Venecia Rodriguez, MBA, MA, BA (Wellesley College) learned yoga decades and decades ago at age 15 by teaching herself using a few detailed books. She has over 25 years experience as is a professional researcher/writer/analyst/speaker on international trade and business. In recent years, she has pursued her passion of presenting inspirational talks (Awaken the Genie Within, The Secret Garden, Living in Love, and others) on awakening the wisdom within and harnessing the power of intuition for innovation and excellence in business and everyday life. Gentle yoga is one of the pillars of her healthy lifestyle that she believes more people need to practice, not just the supermodels, celebrities, or athletes.
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I adapted Laura's ideas for an 'in-home' yoga studio and still have my dream mat - 60'x60' - on my Amazon wishlist, but I'm getting there.
I have CDs - classical, nature's sounds, and a few New Age - pulled out and ready to select. I have my mat, blocks and strap in a basket ready to go.
She addresses the 'I don't have time' issues in a way that really made me think about just why I was coming up with excuses not to. So I've committed to getting up every morning, and pulling on my exercise clothes (put out the night before so no excuses there), and pulling out the mat after taking care of the cats (no matter what - they have to come first or they get grouchy). I set the timer as she suggests and leave it in the kitchen. Then free from the constant worry about time, I stand at the end of the mat and... breathe. I don't follow Laura's routine, but I think that's okay. I do what my body needs me to do, focusing on my breathing and quieting my mind. After one week, I can feel the difference in me. As drama swirls around me, I'm able to, somewhat, stay calm and deal with things. My back is feeling better and my mind is able to quiet down when I try to get some sleep. It's a work in progress.
Many yoga teachers (as well as people who write about yoga) have a hard time communicating with such people. It makes sense, given that many yoga pros have backgrounds as athletes and dancers. Whatever their many virtues, they often have a hard time imagining what yoga's like for those of us who don't share their gifts, or their devotion.
That's where Laura's book has its originality. She's here to say: You can be a not-particularly-gifted-person in a physical sense yet still get a lot out of yoga. And she's here to compare notes with you and help you do that.
Laura describes herself as "the consummate klutz." Afters years of regular practice, advanced postures continue to elude her. Yet -- and here's the important part of her message -- so what? Yoga calms her, it leaves her feeling upbeat and cheery, it helps her look and feel good physically -- Laura, who's in her 50s, looks great in the book's photos -- and it helps keep her stress levels in a manageable range. She does her 20-30 minutes nearly every day, and in a disciplined way -- but, hey, it's only 20-30 minutes a day. She hasn't spent years in India, devoting herself 24/7 to worshipping a guru. She just does a half hour of yoga at home. Yet look at the benefits she reaps.
It's a cheery, helpful, sweet-natured, and eager-to-share volume, well-written, well-illustrated, and very well-produced. It's full of tips that we-the-not-particularly-talented can profit from, and it has many personal touches that make the whole yoga-for-the-untalented experience easier to relate to. Laura doesn't just provide instructions for poses and for meditations, she shares her own stories and frustrations. In its tone and its focus -- its "voice" -- I imagine that "Yoga at Home" exemplifies what yoga does for Laura. That makes the book doubly convincing and inspiring.
All in all, a lovely, valuable and refreshing work.
It is primarily aimed at the complete yoga novice yet it also contains valuable advice and new perspectives that would also be of interest to seasoned yogis.
To many people the art of practicing hatha yoga seems unobtainable because they feel they won't understand the Sanskrit terms used in yoga or that the `pretzel-like' poses will be too overwhelming.
In `Yoga At Home' Laura Rodriguez, who commically describes herself as a "consummate non-athlete", shares her own simple and personal experiences of yoga poses, language and understanding.
She talks at length about her own personal journey of discovering yoga, the benefits that can be derived from regular practice, yoga equipment, correct breathing, meditation, mindset, motivation, weight loss through yoga and the importance of creating a daily yoga routine.
There are photos throughout the book of the author herself practicing yoga poses "at home" and it's clear to see from how great she looks that she is a positive advertisement for the yoga she is teaching.
Every pose mentioned in the book details not only how to do it, but also the benefits to be obtained. There are also extra details about the personal problems the author herself encountered when she first started to do the poses and how she remedied it, all contained in a "Spectial hints and Laura's Experience With This Pose" section after each exercise.
Being able to read her own personal problems is very reasuring for anyone (like me) who may be struggling, just to know that someone else wasn't perfect first time either.
E.g. After the Arm and Leg Pose, Laura's Experience says "...I have found that keeping my eyes fixed backward on a point on the ceiling can help maintain my balance...it helps to do this pose next to a wall so you can catch yourself and regain your balance if you start to wobble...Some days I can keep my balance perfectly. Other days I wobble back and forth like a first-time trapese artist on a tight-rope!"
What I liked most about this book is the easy-to-read and laid-back style of the author. E.g.One of the chapters is simply called "Yoga is no longer for the hippie-dippie artsy-fartzy crowd." Hilarious!
Most yoga books are too intimidating and full of bronzed, heavily-photoshopped models, who make the poses look stylish, classy, yet impossible to do.
`Yoga At Home', on the other hand, shows you how anyone regardless of age, lack of ability or lack of time can do yoga easily, privately and most importantly, without feeling pressured to keep up with the ridiculously beautiful and inhumanly bendy people who are always portrayed in other glossy yoga books.
I've read quite a few yoga books over time but none of them are as down to earth and easy to follow as this one.
And I'd even recommend it to people who don't want to do yoga, just because it's an unpretentious and fun-to-read book.
But be warned...
The author doesn't want to let you get away with only reading the book. At the end is a Permanent Life-Long Commitment to sign stating that you'll not only start practicing yoga every day, but you'll do it with "an attitude of joy, enthusiasm and love".
And just in case you thought you could get away with doing yoga only "At Home", there are also sections on how to do yoga at the office, in a hotel room and even in a cruise ship cabin. So she really does leave you with no excuse for not practicing yoga.
And if that's not enough there is also a list of further yoga books you can read and yoga DVDs you can watch.
And not only that...
You are also invited to have a free 30-minute telephone yoga consult with the author herself.