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Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga [Format Kindle]

Meagan McCrary

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On the surface it may appear that yoga is yoga is yoga, but take a closer look and you’ll discover myriad different yoga systems and lineages. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, and while yoga is for everyone, not every style is the perfect fit for every person. But how do you choose between mysterious-sounding names such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, and Kripalu? As Meagan McCrary discovered when she began exploring different classes, finding the right style is essential for establishing a steady yoga practice. Pick Your Yoga Practice is the first book to describe the most prominent yoga styles in depth, including teaching methodology, elements of practice, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, class structure, physical exertion, and personal attention. Those new to yoga will discover they have options and can confidently attend a class of their choosing, while experienced practitioners will expand their understanding of the vast world of modern yoga, and perhaps find themselves venturing into new territory.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 242 pages
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  • Editeur : New World Library; Édition : 1 (15 novembre 2013)
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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent starting point for when you want to learn more about yoga 23 décembre 2013
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In "Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses", Claire Dederer spends a chapter (Pigeon) talking about the challenges of wanting to learn more about yoga and being completely overwhelmed by all the text out there. In her own words:

"One of the problems with yoga was that there was no bible. No urtext. No word of god. Really, this is because yoga is a technique for knowing god, or even becoming god. A technique cannot have a bible. It has, instead, a manual. Or many manuals."

She goes on to tell of the many books she read looking for an understanding of yoga, finishing up with:

"What I took away from my readings was this: I was, according to these scholars, not doing yoga. I was doing asana, and the origins of that were quite suspect."

Oh, how I felt for her! My own experience was one and the same. I started going to yoga classes for the same reason so many of us start - a friend asked me to come with an I liked it so I kept going. It was wonderful and I could quickly tell there was more to it. But where to learn more? A Google search for "yoga" returns 471,000,000 results (as of today). In no time one will, like me, be completely overwhelmed at all the information that seems to have no structure to it and says crazy things about not having sex and not eating meat or drinking wine. Such a turnoff! If only I had started with "Pick Your Yoga Practice", I would have saved months of research and wrong turns.

Meagan McCrary does a wonderful job of organizing thousands of years of knowledge into a quick cheat sheet of yoga. The first three chapters - Yoga Explained, America's Yoga History, and Philosophical Foundations - are worth the purchase alone. Without going into depth on any particular topic, keeping the reader engaged and attentive, she tells the story of how yoga came from some spiritual dudes long long long ago in India, to today's class in your average gym in America. Once you've got the story down she explains the basics of the philosophy and how it plays into modern life, both on and off the mat. With a solid foundation, she goes into a number of different styles of yoga, giving the reader some basic background knowledge in order to help find one that's interesting to you.

I loved it, but this book isn't for everyone. If you've been practicing yoga for years and years, it's also probably not for you. You've probably already done enough reading and practice that the general overview will not provide any new insight. This book is for the yogi that's just getting started. It's for that person that is just coming to realize that there's more to this practice than being able to do a handstand. It's for that person who wants to learn more but doesn't know where to start. If that's you, read it - you'll love it too! I really wish I would have had this book when I was getting started like you.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pick Your Yoga Practice 10 janvier 2014
Par Victoria Klein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Look at nearly any Yoga studio schedule and you will likely be bombarded + perplexed by the variety of classes they offer: Vinyasa, Power, Gentle, Restorative, Kripalu, Forrest, Svaroopa, Iyengar, Ashtanga … and oh yes, there are still more! If you thought Yoga was just stretching with a chance to lie down at the end, you’ll probably be even less likely to try it after trying to decipher such a schedule.

I’m often asked by my students to describe the difference between class types + specific Yoga styles, giving them guidance on which would be right for them. Frankly, sometimes, I get tongue-tied + I even get different styles mixed up.

Now, when my students ask, I can simply recommend Meagan McCrary‘s new book, "Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga"!

Trying to navigate the complex + centuries-old traditions of Yoga can be mind boggling. Most of us come to Yoga for the physical practice, but if you attend classes regularly, you know that this is only a small part of the overarching concept of Yoga. That being said, what type of Yoga class you take may determine how soon + how deeply your are introduced to these other concepts. Also, the physical practice of asana can vary greatly between Yoga styles + different class levels.

I have to give 2 big thumbs up to Meagan for writing such a wonderfully detailed, yet not overwhelming, and very well-researched book about the continuously expanding sea of Yoga styles. Even though I’ve been practicing Yoga for 14 years + teaching for 2 years, she definitely taught me some new things about each Yoga style listed. In particular, she also made me very interested in going to style-specific studios + really experiencing what each style offers + how it feels in my own body + mind. (Another awesome thing about Yoga: nowhere is it stated/written/instructed that you should believe blindly – everything taught is meant to be tested!)

Also intriguing: while reading through "Pick Your Yoga Practice", I couldn’t help but notice that my personal teaching style is influenced by at least 4-6 different specific Yoga types – some of which I’ve never studied directly! Yet another expression of just how inter-related each of the Yoga styles really are.

While reading through Meagan’s book, I also noticed an overarching theme between nearly all of the Yoga styles. As previously mentioned, Yoga is much much more than just physical poses done on a mat, though that is how most of us are introduced to Yoga because our bodies are tangible + that is the easiest way for us to begin to experience the transformation that Yoga offers. The movements + physical practices of Yoga (such as pranayama, kirtan, mudras, bandhas … etc.) are a means of beginning the journey inward, deeper into our body, mind, + ultimately teaching our true Self. That’s what Yoga is really about, and depending on which Yoga style you delve into, you will experience that journey differently, but always with the same singular goal.

I happily recommend "Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga" to anyone curious about Yoga + anyone who already practices Yoga – heck, even anyone who already teaches Yoga. If I can find things in this book that are new to me, I’m sure you can to. :)
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pick Your Yoga Practice 31 décembre 2013
Par Sheri Newton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Pick Your Yoga Practice by Meagan McCrary is a book all about yoga. If you don’t practice it yourself, you probably know someone who does. Maybe you just want to know more about it before deciding to try it out for yourself. If that is the case, this is the perfect book for you to do some research before practicing it at home or in a gym.

Pick Your Yoga Practice is a fantastic reference book for all of the different styles of yoga that is available for people to choose. The type you pick may have happened by accident, which is okay, but learning more about everything that is available is not just interesting, but can quite possibly help you to find a style that suits you better. Learn more about the styles of: ashtanga, iyengar, kundalini, integral, kripalu, bikram, jivamukti, sivananda, ananda, viniyoga, svaroopa, power, forrest, ishta, anusara, moksha, and acroyoga.

The author is a yoga teacher, so she knows and understands the subject very well. Her interest and knowledge in the topic shines through on the pages, and makes me want to take yoga more seriously. The author’s passion for yoga is definitely infectious!

As a reader you not only learn more about the types of yoga practices available, but also see how they can benefit you, or maybe not be for you at all. I like this because the type I was introduced to originally was just not for me. However, thanks to this book, I think I’ve found a few that I want to learn more about and also start practicing.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about yoga. If you already practice yoga, or are just thinking about it, this is a great book that you should definitely read. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Pick Your Yoga Practice, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Taking the Guesswork out of Yoga 20 décembre 2013
Par Lauri Lumby - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a yoga practitioner, I can attest to the challenge of finding a yoga practice that is the right fit. With so many philosophies of yoga and forms of practice, the search can feel daunting and overwhelming. Often one is left to haphazardly step into a yoga studio, only to find that the style of yoga taught there is "not for me" and without additional information, one might be tempted to believe that "if yoga isn't for me at this school, I won't like it anywhere else." I can personally attest that this is not at all the case. There is a wide variety of philosophies and forms of yoga, and there is one to fit every person's need. he challenge is sorting through all the forms of yoga and their often foreign vocabularies to discover which one is right.

Meagan McCrary, with her book, Pick Your Yoga Practice, takes the guesswork out of this search and assures the reader that if they haven't yet found a yoga studio or practice that resonates with them, to keep searching; eventually they will find the practice that resonates with their personal philosophies as well as their physical needs and abilities. Meagan begins this process by describing what yoga is and by providing an overview of yoga's nearly 5000 year old history. She then goes on to explain the expansion of yoga from India to the West and the wide variety of yogic philosophies and practices that developed in the West, including Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Forrest, Integral, Iyengar and Kundalini (among others). McCrary provides detailed descriptions of each of these unique yogic disciplines as a way to assist the reader in understanding the variety of yogas available to them, and as a way to help them choose the practice that might be right for them. In addition, throughout the text, she provides helpful definitions, insights and explanations of yogic thought and practices, easing the reader into a more knowledgable experience of yoga.

I loved this book and would recommend it for a wide audience - those merely curious about yoga, those new to their mat, seasoned practitioners and even trained yoga instructors. This book is packed with helpful information and insights which will assist readers in developing and deepening an enduring and fruitful yoga practice.

Lauri Ann Lumby
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource for students, teachers, and studios. 13 janvier 2014
Par Meredith Leblanc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Finally! An easily understood resource for teachers and students alike explaining different styles of yoga. Meagan McCrary, certified yoga teacher and journalist, has written a well laid out and thought out guide to the plethora of disciplines in the marketplace today. Eighteen are covered, eight with their own chapters and ten more briefly covered in one chapter. Additionally, she has included history and explanation of the practice of yoga.

Meagan McCrary's writing style is clear and light, while exhibiting authority on her subject. The eight chapters that describe the major disciplines of yoga include and introduction, the gist, and conclusion; within these sections, the masters, trademarks, and other unique viewpoints are introduced and explained. Also, certain important aspects of the discipline are highlighted, which are nice to be able to come back and review.

Agreeing with my fellow reviewer, Victoria Klein, this book made me realize my personal practice and my teaching really draws from many types of practices, not just one. Further to this point, while all of the disciplines want to be unique in their ways, the goal is the same, just delivered in different vehicles. This book has made me appreciate the many teachers and masters who have poured their heart and souls into the transformation of all beings.

I have read many books in the past couple of years on yoga that I have felt are important books to add to the shelves of teachers and students, and this is another one to add to that list. I would recommend this book to studios to have on hand to help guide students who come in with questions too. My hats off to Meagan McCrary for her excellent book!
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