I am frequently asked by students that regularly attend my weekly yoga classes, if I have any recommendations for resources and books related to the practice and philosophy of yoga. And in my role as a health and wellness teacher at the middle school level, students and other teachers often use me as a resource when it comes to the subjects of health, wellness, yoga, fitness, and nutrition. To best support these questions and requests, I commit to reading 1 book a month that speaks to the various topics previously mentioned and I thought it would be fun to provide my thoughts around the book I have chosen to read each month. I also would love to hear your thoughts, if it happens to be a book you have also read!
For the month of March, I set out to read Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life, which is described as an accessible guide to bringing the practices of yoga off of the mat and into everyday life. It is stated to be an expansion of the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition by illustrating the transformative practices of yoga in all aspects of life.
Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life is divided into three parts, and within each Farhi imparts how the practice of yoga can be interwoven into each aspect of daily living in our modern world. The first part of Bringing Yoga to Life, describes how the practice of yoga has the ability to bring us home, that place of connection to our Self. Within this section, she delivers concrete explanation of what the practice of yoga has the ability to provide each of us, while also being transparent around the fact that practicing yoga will not eliminate life’s challenge. The second section communicates the means or practices to help us tap into our unbounded consciousness. This section focuses on slowing down the pace of life, using the breath to connect to each moment, as well as fostering a harmonious relationship between body and mind. The final section of Farhi’s book illustrates the distractions or roadblocks that we tend to face within our yoga journey in this modern world.
“Yoga offers us a pragmatic and realistic practice that helps us meet the most difficult situation with courage and equanimity. Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of every life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical group of experience,” she wrote. This is just one of the many ways in which Farhi describes what the practice of yoga can provide our lives.
I previously read Farhi’s book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship and absolutely loved it! Also, Bringing Yoga to Life was named by Yoganonymous as one of the 60 most recommended yoga books, so I was pretty excited to read it. It is safe to say it did not disappoint! It is easy to gauge my most beloved books by how much highlighting or dog-eared page corners are within them, and this is one that has an extensive amount of those telltale signs.
There were so many times while reading this book in which I was nodding my head in agreement because what Farhi spoke to resonated with me so deeply. Even after completing this book I have returned to it and re-read those highlighted notes or dog-eared pages. I have also personally recommended it to a handful of fellow yoga teachers as well as students. I definitely feel that Bringing Yoga to Life should be part of your own personal library, whether you teach yoga, practice yoga, or are just curious to know how yoga could impact your life.
Have you read Bringing Yoga to Life? What were your thoughts?
For my next read, I have chosen Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume by mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob.
Feel free to read along with me or choose your own book and let me know what it is in the comments! You can also share your reads on Twitter or Instagram using #vcyogareads.
Happy reading, loves!