Traveling book club

by Christina on June 2, 2012

One of the biggest things I miss about Philadelphia is having yoga book club friends and talking about yoga and food, but also things like farming, love, and laughter.

My yoga practice has been lonely and sparse lately:

(I just cannot bring myself to do yoga in the call room)

I miss having yoga buddies.

It helped to come home to this the other day… (thank you Crown Publishing!)

It turned out to be nice reading on long night shifts waiting for babies to be born:

Has anyone ever done a “traveling” book club? Let me know if you’d like this book and I’ll send it your way (and if you have one to trade me, even better!).

You might find Yoga Cures helpful if you are in need for some yoga-inspiration… here were some of my favorite lines (bold=mine):

  • “Yoga is about recognizing and being good to ourselves from the inside out. Don’t confuse being good to yourself with being selfish. We cannot extend love to others unless we truly love ourselves. If we are constantly hard on and judging ourselves, we do the same to others. We extend to others how we feel about ourselves. An easy way to see how we are treating ourselves is to look to those around us. They are a reflection of what’s going on with us.”
  • “All the focusing inward illuminates our behaviors and tendencies. The same habits we have on our mat are the ones we have in our lives. We see this, and we gain the freedom of choice. Who do I want to be? We get to create or re-create ourselves each day. Regular practice gives you a clear mind and the inspiration and courage to be constantly expanding and improving your life.”
  • “Practicing yoga is a great opportunity to observe your habits and tendencies. Do you give up too easily? Work too hard, but not effectively? Get down on yourself when things don’t work out? Show off when things are going well? When we practice yoga we are giving ourselves the space to observe all this without judgment, to gain perspective, and cultivate positive, lasting change.”
  • “We focus on breathing because each inhale creates more space in our bodies. We focus on movement, as each movement reminds us that every moment invites a new opportunity for change. Each exhale allows us to let go of the moment that has just passed. Our attention to each breath keeps us in the now.”
  • The most chaotic moments are the ones from which we can learn the most. Let’s go back to tree pose. When your tree pose is going crazy and you’re falling, and your leg is burning, and it feels impossible to maintain any sort of stability, practice observing what’s happening instead of getting wrapped up in the circumstance. If you can learn to be easy with breath in these moments, your body and mind will follow.”

Less useful for me were the sections on specific ailments — I dipped into the tension, depression, broken heart, and anxiety sections, and found myself looking for evidence more than anecdotes. But, still a fun and easy read.

Drop a comment/email if you’d like to come home to this in the mail!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam June 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

Yo CP
Sending you a big hello from Philly
AK

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Christina June 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Adam! so nice to hear from you 🙂

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lilasvb June 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

i was on tour i know how does it feels to practise alone in a small hotel room

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Joanne June 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I’m in a book review club. A good excuse for friends to get together, discuss what we’re reading, talk about life, food and drink. I’m the only yoga enthusiast but may try a yoga book or two.

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Christina June 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hi Joanne,
So nice to hear from you! Would you like me to send you the yoga book for your book review club? It might be a good one for people who aren’t yet yoga enthusiasts… it’s pretty easy to read and could be fun to do some of the yoga she talks about as a group (just send me a message through the “contact” tab above if you want it!)

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