Tip Tuesday is a weekly feature where I offer a few yoga tips that have worked for me in the hopes that they can help you too.
After I’d been practicing yoga for awhile, I was curious to learn more about the philosophical origins of yoga and deeper meaning behind the physical practice. However, I was a bit daunted by scholarly philosophical texts and searched for a book that explored yoga philosophy, but in a way that was accessible and applicable to my life.
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater was just such a book. It was the first yoga book I ever purchased. This book looks at the spiritual practice of yoga, citing relevant passages from the yoga sutras, and explores the relevancy of philosophical teachings in real life. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the yoga practice, from the challenges that cause us suffering (including self-judgement, greed, and fear) to the kind of qualities we seek to cultivate in our daily life (such as compassion, love, and connection). There are suggested practices and mantras you can do to begin to live out your yoga practice beyond the yoga mat.
I highly recommend checking this book out. It was instrumental to getting me interested in learning more about the spiritual teachings of yoga–and yes, getting me comfortable enough to pick up the more meaty philosophical yoga works. It’s a must-have for your bookshelf and one I flip through often. Lasater’s book helped me to understand how the old philosophy behind yoga could make sense and add value to my life. As she puts it beautifully in the book:
“It is our dedication to living with open hearts and our commitment to the day-to-day details of our lives that will transform us. When we are open to the present moment, we shine forth.”