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Good books for the new year



I’m a fan of the writing of Judith Hansen Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

I’ve had the joy of taking a couple of trainings with Dr. Lasater and use many of her techniques in my restorative pose workshops. She is a founding editor of Yoga Journal and is the author of many titles, including Relax and Renew, a now-classic book about restorative yoga. (Many of you know her writing from her anatomy columns in YJ.)

However, her Ph.D. is in East-West psychology, and she also authored one of my all-time favorite books about yoga, an unimposing volume called Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life.

Published a decade ago, Living Your Yoga is, of course, still perfectly relevant in the 5,000-year-old yoga tradition. Aimed at westerners and geared to modern life, the book is not about asana, or yoga poses, instead it’s a book about personalizing the spiritual teachings of the yoga tradition. It’s a rich book, yet very easy to read, and easy to become involved in. I highly recommend it to anyone of any faith, whether practicing physical yoga or not.

So I was delighted to find A Year of Living Your Yoga: Daily Practices to Shape Your Life, on the shelf at Many Rivers Books & Tea in Sebastopol. This little companion book is filled with short daily practices. They’re not cumulative, and you can start at any time during the year. It was my New Year’s gift to myself.

The meditation for January 28:

Feeling at ease does not mean feeling nothing.
Living Your Yoga: Three times today, stop, close your eyes, and ask yourself, What am I feeling right now? Can I be at ease with it? Name it and wait for the answer.

It’s that simple.

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Kudos to Many Rivers

While I’m on the subject of books, I have to say this: Many Rivers Books & Tea consistently has the best selection of yoga books that I’ve found anywhere in the area. They also have a wide variety of books about almost any spiritual tradition you can think of, and fantastic gifts and items to support spiritual practice. Have a cup of tea and spend some time browsing. If you’re not familiar with this little gem of a business, read about the store’s mission here.

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