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Posted April 5, 2012
great yoga book!
I started practicing yoga on a regular basis at a studio about 6 years ago, but life took me in a different direction and my husband and I have moved around quite a bit since our first year of marriage. It was not easy or convenient for me to find a studio, especially when we lived in farm country in Wisconsin (not knocking- most beautiful place we have lived yet), so I started watching yoga videos. I stumbled upon Tara's iTunes podcasts and haven't looked back. I started using Tara Stiles' podcasts to help with a herniated disk I have, and then as my core strengthened, I began to do yoga more to lose weight and for flexibility. I lost almost 25 lbs doing her podcasts, and have started my day with a minimum of 20 minutes of yoga everyday for the last 4 years. So, when I was given the opportunity to review her new book, Yoga Cures, I was ecstatic, to say the least.
Yoga Cures has two parts. The first part has three chapters. It begins with a chapter on yoga, it's history, ect..., some of the basic poses, and important qualities and steps of yoga, complete with charts and awesome pictures. It then goes on to talk about the science behind yoga cures, and the ends with a chapter on breathing methods, and asks the reader to look at their lifestyle; decide what is healthy and what is not. Tara asks the reader to pick one thing- it can be a simple thing, and work on that first.
The rest of the book is dedicated to specific problems and yoga positions/routines which should, if done correctly, help alleviate that specific problem.
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Yoga Cures is very descriptive and has great pictures and verbal descriptions of the poses. This book is definitely visually appealing. There is also a "glossary" of the different yoga poses in the back of the book. This book makes yoga appealing to everyone. It shows that yoga is not just about meditation (though that is important and can be beneficial), and that yoga does not have to be a spiritual practice. Tara's book shows that there are proven health benefits for people who practice yoga on a regular basis. It explains that yoga can have a healthy effect on the human body and mind, all without cramming the "religion" aspect down your throat. Yoga Cures is not focused on the spirituality aspect, which can make people who are Christian feel that they cannot or should not practice yoga. This book presents yoga as a beneficial part of a healthy lifestyle, not as a religion, which, I feel, is very important.
I would recommend this book to everyone, from young adults through adults, male and female. Like I said before, there is something in this book for everyone and I can honestly say that the daily practice of yoga has changed my life. I am stronger and more flexible than I was in my 20's. Yoga has helped me avoid back surgery and now, with the help of this book, I can really focus on particular areas or specific problems in my life. I owe so much to Tara Stiles, who I have never met, for making my physical and mental health better. I will continue using this book for a very long time. It will have a permanent place on my nook and my computer for easy access.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.
Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
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Posted April 12, 2012
I have fibromyalgia and this book is great. She takes a more modern stand to yoga and gives simple exercises that can be adjusted to your bodies abilities. Love the book :)
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Another great book from Tara Stiles. Great for beginners, as we
Another great book from Tara Stiles. Great for beginners, as well as people who have a regular practice.
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Posted February 24, 2013
Posted February 23, 2013
Max's POV I let out a long moan and opened my eyes. Everything swirled into focus. I was lying in the charred grass, right next to a good sized branch. It took me a second to remember the fire. The branch must have hit me and knocked me out. I felt awful and my head throbbed. Wait, where's everyone else? I thought. I sat up too quickly and almost passed out again. I groaned and sank back into the grass. I tried again, this time going slower. I managed to get into a sitting position. "Hello? Anyone?" I called. "Max?" I heard someone answer. Yes! I regoconized that voice! "Lily?" "Yes, is that you, Max?" "Yes! Where are you?" "Behind this bush. I hid here through out the fire. Is the it gone?" "The fire? Yeah. Is Chloe with you?" "No, she's by the creek with Jack." "How do you know that?" "She told me." Lily popped out from behind the bush and I stood up, using a tree that hadn't been burned down. "Are you okay?" Lily asked, her voice full of concern. "I think so. I think I got knocked out by a branch." I replied. I looked at her arm which she was holding gingerly. There was a pretty big scratch on it. "What happened to you?" I asked. She looked at her arm."Oh, nothing. I was running and I hit my arm on a branch. And...um...your forehead is covered in blood." "What?" I touched my forehead lightly and winced when I saw the blood on my hand. "Yeah, I'll wash that off." I brushed my bangs back. I touched my head again, feeling a large gash. "Defidently, need to wash that off." Lily grabbed my arm."Well, lets go! I need to wash my arm off too. And my face is covered in ashes and dirt." She took a glimpse at me. "So is yours." I shrugged. "Chloe and Jack are there anyways." We started to walk towards the creek.
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Posted March 26, 2013
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Posted May 8, 2012
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