I’m overwhelmed and absolutely excited by the resources related to yoga. While nothing will improve my teaching more than actually getting the chance to teach, I am enthusiastically looking forward to the package of yoga books that awaits me. There are three books that are recommended readings prior to the level 2 training that starts in three weeks. Prior to getting the recommended reading list, I had gotten another book called “How Yoga Works” by Michael Roach. I was just a couple of chapters in before getting the recommended reading list and was really starting to get enthralled with the story of this young girl who is going to teach a middle aged man – who is actually her jailer – yoga. I am anxious to see where this story goes and how she leads this man, and herself, on a transformative journey. I put the book down before I got any further so that I wouldn’t be too upset about putting it down when the recommended books arrive on my doorstep. I’m eager to start the recommended books as well, which are:
“The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living” by Stephen Cope
“Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” by Rick Hanson
“Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice” by Ganga White
Of these three the one that I think I will be least interested in and less likely to write in, refer to regularly and recommend / lend to others is the first one. I’ve purchased all three in paperback, instead of Kindle versions. In the fairly recent past, I pared down my book collection VERY significantly and had a bit of internal dialogue as I decided between adding to my physical vs Kindle library. My physical library of books has grown by seven yoga books now, and I’m pretty pleased with this, it actually makes me happy.
In addition to the books I’ll be reading, the number of electronic resources available is outstanding. From Yoga Journal online pose descriptions to various yoga blogs and training resources, not a day has passed that I haven’t seen at least one thing posted on my Facebook feed (thanks to all my fellow teacher training friends) related to yoga / mind / body posts, that has led me to read that link and other “recommended” articles.