Yoga makes you smile! It brings about a blissful feeling and the effect lingers for a while. Keep doing it and watch your life change for the better.
Vinyasa is a type of yoga…more about that in a bit. But first, yoga is amazing! It makes you feel great on the inside and out. The effects are immediate, long-lasting and life changing. If you’ve never tried yoga before I urge you to just do it! Try a class at a local studio where there’s often a new student discount or check if your gym offers it for free (I bet they do). Learning without a real-life teacher can be tricky, but once you get a few poses down practicing at home will be a piece of cake.
(read 10 reasons why yoga makes me smile in this post)
Now the vinyasa part. Vinyasa is a style of yoga that tends to be free flowing and open to creative interpretation. The word vinyasa is Sanskrit and can be translated as movement with breath. It’s often referred to as a flow style of yoga and I’m a “go with the flow” kinda gal. In 2011 I became a 200 hour certified vinyasa yoga teacher through Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. I love practicing and teaching yoga. I’m so grateful for all the wonderful teachers I’ve had the opportunity to learn from.
Yoga-related books that I love:
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: One of my favorite memoirs. There’s a little bit of Elizabeth in all of us.
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar: The basics of yogic philosophy and poses
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra: An eye-opener to the way our mind works
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra & David Simon: How to create a deeper yoga practice
The Yoga Sutras (any translation…I’ve read this version and I’m currently reading this one.): The first book ever written about yoga. Provides the framework for yogic philosophy. Originally written in Sanskrit, so there are many interpretations.
***I’d love to hear about your favorite yoga & spirituality books and blogs. Please share!