Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a lifelong journey – I’m on board for life and always refining.

Balance, peace, health, truth, and clarity.

It accelerates the pace of my personal evolution, in all ways.

Because it keeps me peaceful and healthy and in alignment with my soul and purpose.

Because it connects me deeper to humanity and to the practice off-the-mat

It helps to keep me somewhat sane.

life. peace. freedom. humility. compassion. awareness.

It is the pathway to my own growth and awareness.

Yoga is among my most important self-care and personal therapy practices.

It’s a blueprint to being comfortable in my own skin

It keeps me alive.

Yoga is everything

My Yoga practice is my inner sanctuary where I reconnect with poise and serenity in the middle of life’s demands.

Yoga is my pathway toward Divine guidance on a daily basis.

keeps mind & body flexible, steady & open

My yoga practice always brings me back to my center in the present moment.

The energetics of my practice is a part of my life; the art is inseparable from my way of being in the world.

It informs my path and purpose and helps me be congruent with what I’m teaching.

My yoga practice brings me both peace of mind and the fire to create an action (karma)

My yoga practice gives me the balance of mind, body, and spirit to be able to serve humanity from a grounded, whole place of love, and devotion for our collective healing and transformation.

Yoga brings peace and comfort, especially during difficult periods.

I practice yoga because it allows me to elevate my consciousness and character

Yoga is a practice for how I want to live my life.

Yoga provides me with tools that enhances my personal and professional development.

Because practicing yoga confers benefits on the body, nervous system, and mind all at the same time.

My being wants freedom and my heart needs stillness.

Practicing doesn’t mean I get it perfect every time; it actually means we need more practice.

Yoga Books You Need to Read, According to Top Teachers

Dec 8, 2020Beyond Asana

yoga books you need to know

by Lisette Cheresson

With even more downtime at home than usual, it’s a great season for catching up on those yoga books you’ve been putting off reading. Part of the Yoga Unify mission is to carve pathways for lifelong studentship for all practitioners—and to encourage all yogis to hold themselves accountable for continuing education. Not only does this honor the roots of yoga, by placing emphasis on yoga philosophy and history, it also helps to ensure that the evolution of the practice is focused on more than asana.

Many Yoga Unify Founding Members and Honorary Qualified Professionals are leaders in our community. Here are reading recommendations from ten of them—all perfect for your bedside table.

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Dana Damara

I have read the Yoga Sutras translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda countless times. It never gets old. I highly recommend reading that book multiple times.

Sutras 2:1: “Accepting pain as purification, study of spiritual books, and surrender to the Supreme Being constitute yoga in practice.”  Accepting pain as a healing process, we stay still in the moment and then alchemize the properties of that pain instead of projecting it onto others. Self-discipline is an aid to spiritual progress, whereas self torture is an obstacle.

Peter Sterios

My own book! Gravity & Grace, which brings together in one place all the important ideas I have about yoga from over 40 years of practice and study (from books, teachers, and practice notes I collected from experiences on my mat). Other influential books that inspired my writing include:

  • Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief, which clearly explains the power and plasticity our minds have to influence our genetic make-up and ultimately our body’s health and homeostasis
  • Belleruth Naparstek’s Your Sixth Sense, which lays out in simple language how to awaken and activate our innate intuitive intelligence
  • Paul Pearsall’s The Heart’s Code, which describes the scientific possibility of the heart’s intelligence playing a much bigger role in our body’s health and wellness
  • Karlfried Graf Durckheim’s Hara—The Vital Center of Man, which describes the intelligence of our belly and the role it plays in our body’s health and wellness, both physically and psychologically

Reggie Hubbard

Light on Life by BKS Iyengar changed my life very early in my practice and I regularly reference it along with the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Taravali, and books by Anodea Judith.

Guru Singh

The Yogic Way to Cure Disease, because it blends practical living with yogic enthusiasm.

Paulie Zink

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. 
I love the way it is written, the simple style of the illustrations, and his approach to diet.

Stacie Dooreck

Yoga and Veganism by Sharon Gannon and her other books because they discuss the animal rights aspect of nonviolence as an ethical base for yoga. Diet is key, to not eat animals when teaching yoga—in its truth and ahimsa aspects. It really isn’t quite yoga entirely, if people are killing and eating living beings.

Sarah Platt-Finger

Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith. It explains the subtle energetic system through the lens of psychology and childhood development.

Rob Schware

Sat Bir Khalsa’s book The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care is an invaluable and comprehensive collection of yoga studies on the benefits of yoga on everything from mental health conditions to cancer.

Mary Irby

My favorite resource is Paul Grilley’s Anatomy for Yoga because it demonstrates so well that there is no single ‘right’ way to approach a yoga pose and sends a powerful message that we are all encouraged to maturely accept that our bone structure can and does impact where we can go in an asana.

Louise Goldberg

My favorite books about yoga are The Bhagavad Gita and The Upanishads (both translated by Eknath Easwaran), Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by Coulter, International Journal of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), and Yoga Traditions by Feuerstein.

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