Can I learn yoga from a book?
March 27, 2007 10:23 AM Subscribe
Can you recommend a good yoga book for a beginner?
posted by Amizu to health & fitness (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am going to Thailand for a couple of months and I'm not sure whether I'll be able exercise much outside (it's going to be hot and rainy). I was thinking that I could take a mat and a book or two and get in some good yoga practice. I'm a beginner, though, and I don't have any books. Can you make any recommendations? I'm young, in good shape, and go to yoga classes a couple of times a week. I do okay on the basics, but still have a lot of learning to do. I'm going to ask my teachers for recommendations, but I'm not thrilled with either one of them, so I'm not sure they can give me the best recommendation.
I'm not sure what kind of yoga I like, btw. I have done kundalini yoga a few times and like it okay. I like to be fairly energetic, and I like to improve my strength and flexibility (these last two I'm thinking are consistent among different types of yoga). I don't like chanting at all, but I like concentrating on my breathing and working out my insides through breath. I like the meditative aspect, but I have trouble keeping my mind from racing when I'm by myself.
Is this even a good idea? Is it even doable, considering that I'm a beginner? I'm not expecting to have a TV so I won't bring DVDs, but I think I may be able to play music so I might bring some appropriate music. I'm leaving very soon, so I'll get about 3 more classes in before I leave.
Are there yoga blogs worth checking out? (Pre-trip.)