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  • "Some blogs are simply fun reads, but if you want to dive deep, check out YogaLila." YogaJournal, August 2009


  • Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants

    Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants
    Richard Freeman Chants - its a 2 cd set. The first CD is instructional, he explains some of the history and technique, and you sing along by repeating first a word, then a line, of each chant. I think there are 3-4 chants he teaches in this way -including the ashtanga invocation, which I've always liked. He explains things very clearly. The second cd is him chanting and playing the harmonium. He has a good voice, not a great voice, but there is something incredibly soothing about listening to him. -Jane

  • Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice

    Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice
    This is a great book for home practice. It's spiral bound and the pages are split so that on the left the pages are practice sequences and on the right each page is one of 44 asanas. The 31 practice sequences range from 10 to 90 minutes. On the back of each asana page are several modifications with various props. The author is an Iyengar teacher and the instructions are very detailed. What I like most about it is that the variety of sequences will prevent me from doing the same practice all the time which is what usually happens when I do yoga on my own. -Danielle

  • Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy

    Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy
    This book is the most accesible of all the more touchy-feely anatomy books I have - daily exercises of body exploration. -Lianne

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June 07, 2009



So beautifully expressed and so true, Sophie. If awareness/wisdom is an essential part of yoga, then your studies and research are as crucial as asana practice.


Hi Sophie,

I am definitely in the living breathing soaking up yoga phase that you describe. But I am also interested in the other limbs of yoga and sometimes when life does take us away from the physical practice of asana, we have an opportunity to study the other limbs. One of my teachers had to have shoulder surgery. She has a strong physical practice but it has been an inspiration to watch her as she has more time now to delve into the other limbs, while she lets her body heal.

Another related but sad story is a young yoga teacher in Boston I knew recently committed suicide. I'm not sure the exact issues but I had heard he was distraught over his severe shoulder injury and couldn't practice in the same way. This kind of attachment to the physical practice can lead to suffering, as the sutras discuss.

Long practices are always there waiting for you but living your life in the eight limbs is what makes yoga different from mere stretching.

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