VAYUSHA READING LIST
WORD OF THE MONTH: BALANCE
Vayusha Reading list; Created with love from us to you
The key to life is balance; Yeah, I KNOW you’ve heard this one before. It’s certainly an over used statement, but maybe the fact that it’s still kicking around in multiple arenas and sometimes in rather dissimilar circles, lends to the notion that this idea of balance has some serious merit to it.
The practice of Yoga, is all about balance so why not go a little further and balance out HOW you actually practice yoga? Maybe something that allows your body to take a break from the physical practice…less movement, more lounging? If you’re keen, were are delighted to offer up some good reads recommended by our yoga instructors to you lovely souls. These books have been tailored with love to help you balance that yoga practice of yours and general well being.
Read your heart out…
Book Recommendation: The Four Agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz.
“The title says it all. I read this book for the first time about 5 years ago and continue to re-read it annually. It is a simple, short yet powerful read. As a person, a mom and a yogi, I strive to live with compassion, to be my best self and set a positive example for my kids but let's face it, life can get hard and overwhelming sometimes and this book has given me some wonderful tools and insights to apply. Don't be fooled, while they seem basic, in reality they are much more difficult to implement. It has positively changed my perspective and I recommend it for everyone. 1. Be impeccable with your word Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. 2. Don’t take anything personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. 3. Don’t make assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. 4. Always do your best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.”
Recommended book: Journey To The Heart; Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing your Soul by Melody Beattie.
“It has 365 days of little texts or thoughts, perfect for inspiration for classes. I became interested in the book when I attended a class where the teacher read a passage as her closing passage at the end of class and it really spoke to me.
Recommended book: Quiet by Susan Cain
“Presently reading Quiet by Susan Cain, a wonderful read about introverts in an extrovert world, N. American world anyway. A New York Times best seller and I can see why. Highly recommended to get to know the quiet people, whether it is ourselves or others in our life.”
Recommended Book: 1st recommendation: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
“ I can't say enough about this book. I'm a business girl (that's what I took in post secondary and what I do as the ole’ 9 to 5er!). So, for anyone in that light, this will sing to thy soul, it's an amazing read, and a forever reference!”
2nd recommendation: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Another insightful read. The quote And my heart said to my head…I love you, I will never leave you, I will always take care of you is from this book, and is my mantra. You may have heard me share this mantra during restorative class at some point. I usually ask you to put one hand on your heart and the other on your head...”
Recommended Book: Living Your Yoga; finding the spiritual in everyday life by Judith Hanson Lasater.
“For me this one is one of the best. It really goes chapter by chapter at how yoga is not just a practice on the mat and how it can be applied to everyday situations within yourself and your relationships with others. It gives you daily practices on how to implement the lesson and daily mantras to go with them. My mind was blown just in the introduction. It is one that is hard to put down, but yet you want to go back through slowly chapter by chapter and practice.”
Meet Chelsea Daeming:
Recommended book: The Four Agreements; a practical guide to personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz.
“This book has been instrumental in my life by allowing me to put things properly into perspective. I believe the world would be a more peaceful and happy place if we all abided by the Four Agreements: 1. Be impeccable with your word 2. Don't take things personally 3. Don't make assumptions 4. Always do your best. I highly recommend this book to absolutely anyone and everyone! It's an easy read and packs a lot of power!”
Well, there it is! I hope you have enjoyed the little blurbs of insight from our instructors and recommendations from us to you. Practice on, find balance and continue expanding your brains. I leave you with Confucius’s quote on balance; “to go beyond is as wrong as to fall to short”