I read Every Body Yoga recently and wanted to share my thoughts!
Jessamyn Stanley tells you about her yoga journey! As a broke, overweight, black female, her encounters with yoga were different than most people’s.
I laughed out loud a lot. One of the stories that I liked: She started off in a hot yoga class, planted in the back of the room (Hey, me too!). NO ONE set up their mat near her. She found out why soon after - turns out; she was at the back of the class next to the heater that blasts out the heat.
Hearing her story in her words was the best part of this book for me. She was funny AND realistic.
The book also contains your typical pose breakdowns and a little bit of flow suggestions. She uses non-traditional yoga models, which is lovely to see.
She also answers a lot of questions about yoga. What is it? Who is it for? Is it a cult?
Lastly, she does really sell an at-home practice. I have always stressed that people GO to a yoga studio, but Jessamyn definitely changed my mind.
She does talk about racism and cultural appropriation, but the book was funny and sad and informative and not preachy. But your mileage may vary.
GREAT FOR: people who are too nervous to start yoga, people who think they can’t do yoga, people who don’t have access to yoga, yoga instructors who teach beginners, etc.
1. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle. It’s all about the present moment! This is such a great book for all of us to read because it emphasises the importance of the now and reinforces the idea that the past doesn’t exist & the future hasn’t happened yet - nothing exists outside of the now.
2. Awaken The Giant Within - Tony Robbins. A lot of us have heard of Tony and his mission to feed millions of people around the world, but the contents of this book is all about self-empowerment. Awakening the giant within is a metaphor for reclaiming our power emotionally, physically, mentally and financially.
3. The Secret - Rhona Byrne. The secret is a great introduction into the law of attraction for those who aren’t familiar with it, as it focuses on how our thoughts create our lives. It’s important to note that the law of attraction is not solely dependant on our thoughts - our actions must correlate to the goal we’re trying to achieve.
4. 48 Laws of Power - Robert Green. These laws have been used by generals, dictators, monarchs & politicians all throughout history to gain power and manipulate others into doing their bidding. We can use the information in this book to avoid being used by others and navigate our way around these kinds of people.
5. Crush It - Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is a successful entrepreneur who grew his family business’s income tremendously and in this book he shares some methods on how we can create the jobs we want with the technology available to us right now. A must read for all the entrepreneurs out there!
6. How To Be Ultra Spiritual In 12.5 Steps - JP Sears. JP is a life coach who shares his wisdom and comedic genius on YouTube. In this book he makes hilarious, yet pertinent, observations about the spiritual community and shares his take on what it means to be “ultra spiritual” - a read that will make us think about the path we choose to take in life.
7. The School of Greatness - Lewis Howes. Lewis is a former pro-athlete turned entrepreneur, podcaster & motivational speaker, this book follows his journey from his sister’s couch to Ellen’s. The school of greatness focuses on sharing the experiences of successful people and what they learned along the course of their journeys to encourage all of us to push past our adversity and go for greatness.
8. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill. A worldwide best-seller and book that many of the most successful people today swear by, think and grow rich has changed the lives of so many people who read it because it’s all about the way we think. It also highlights the importance of having a burning desire to achieve something and stopping at nothing to get it done.
These books have changed millions of lives because they contain such valuable lessons, filling our minds with this kind of knowledge will help us on our journeys to success in any endeavour of our choosing.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, those who never read only live one.
We’re encouraged to meditate every day, even for a short time, in order to cultivate this steadfastness with ourselves. We sit under all kinds of circumstances - whether we are feeling healthy or sick, whether we’re in a good mood or depressed, whether we feel our meditation is going well or is completely falling apart. As we continue to sit we see that meditation isn’t about getting it right or attaining some ideal state. It becomes increasingly clear that we won’t be free of self-destructive patterns unless we develop a compassionate understanding of what they are.
“But you always find me don’t you?” She mustered a reassuring smile giving his fingers a small tug. Their hands hanging there together. Their fingers bent and twisted holding one another. – Taken from The Infinite Spark of Being, Book 1