Another Good Yoga Book

by Jay Hiller, November 11, 2022

The Yoga Practice Guide: Dynamic Sequencing for Home Practice and Teachers
by Bruce Bowditch, ARS CIVES, 2011.

If you have a consistent yoga practice already, you might get a lot out of this book. It’s designed as vinyasa sequences at foundational, intermediate and advanced levels. It also has modular sequences that you can string together to suit your own needs. And there’s a restorative yoga section, which is why I pulled it off the shelf today.

The book is beautifully illustrated and light on explanation, which is why it’s probably not a good choice for beginners. (I could be wrong about that. It’s available second hand for under $10 on the internet for those willing to take a chance.) As a person who likes words, I thought that the highly visual nature of the book was not ideal. Then I met a yoga teacher who told me she didn’t like yoga books because they were so wordy. I recommended this one to her.

I personally value this book because while I like my streaming yoga service, I don’t always feel like being on the computer after spending so much time on it for work. It’s nice to be unplugged sometimes. The spiral binding helps you keep the book open to the place you want.

I used to attend a yoga class occasionally where the teacher would teach the sequences one pose at a time, very slowly, not as vinyasa. It was effective. I have a fond memory of a fellow student muttering, “That damn book,” in a love-to-hate-it kind of way.

I should mention that there’s also a second edition.

Unrelated to fitness:

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