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This is such a required book by a really amazing teacher. I've taken classes in Chicago and Santa Barbara, CA. There are lots of perfect instructors, but Kris is very amazing at assessing where her students are in their practices and helping them to achieve results that are appropriate for them. What a relief! The classes she teaches in Ecuador are exactly what beginners and more experienced students need. I'm 68 and wanted to stay in shape, be more flexible and have fun the spiritual benefits of yoga. This book is a amazing reference tool for my path. Love it!
I kinda hate yoga. I don't like classes and everything that goes along with it. But that said I love stretching and I hate the fact that I sit down all day. This nice book had about 20 exercises you can do throughout the day that can hold you limber and feeling good. I really recommend this book. It's short, informative and friendly!
I loved this book! I found it amazing for showing me how to obtain some of the benefits of yoga while keeping to my busy schedule. It is very organized, well thought out and for those of us who tookyoga long ago, there are very simple to follow descriptions of the poses and pictures to supplement. I highly recommend this book to all yoga lovers or beginners!!
As a "non" Yoga person, I found this book to be refreshingly simple to read and makes me wish to do Yoga! I have found that from going to Zumba Classes that my instructors sneak in yoga moves during the warm up and cool down! Now I'm ready to become a full fledged yoga person! Thanks Kris!
This is a book I will turn to again and again as I learn to incorporate the practice of yoga in my life. I love how the book is divided into sections for breathing, standing postures, seated postures and floor postures. I found the breathing section of the book very helpful because although I have done yoga as part of different workout programs in the past, they have never explained the proper breathing techniques and this book does. Another thing this book explains very well is the benefits of each of the postures in the book. I feel like I will definitely be able to sneak more yoga into my life after reading this book!
I found this book very simple to read and the info in it equally simple to remember. Since reading this book, I search myself thinking about yoga during my everyday activities and thinking about ways to improve during my yoga class. I think this is an perfect read for anyone practicing yoga and for those who are considering giving it a test for the first time.
Kris takes the mystery out of yoga and makes it available for everyone! Her clear, step-by-step approach allowed me to do certain poses that I had been struggliing with. And the section on breathing was exactly what I required to incorporate into my day to day life. Can't wait to read her book on meditation next!
I love the layout of this book. This is excellent for those who are already practicing and those looking to begin a practice. It is concise with amazing examples of how to "sneak" yoga in in the most common places. It makes yoga more accessible to the masses .
i HAD a portion of this book in the past.(picked up at a thrift sho.) and have lost track of it. Was thrilled to be able to order it online and obtain it,...in grat shape...I am thoroughly enjoying this book, will take amazing care of it! Thanks for speedy delivery and amazing product!
I wanted encouragement for the creative, solo life, but her overall outlook is discouragement and despair. I know depression sometimes comes with the creative side, but I also know that amazing joy and a positive outlook on life is possible and can bring encouragement to others.
This was a fascinating read--a journal by a woman who was battling loneliness and depression later in life. You can feel the struggles in her words, as you feel her trying to lead a "normal" life and deal with setbacks and trials and doubts, while still dealing with the depression. It's not a book for everyone, of course--nothing happens here, and there is no resolution to any of the problems. This is one to read when you wish to ponder life and living and meaning and love and who you are as a person, for May opens some doors for you that you might not have thought to open.
This book includes all the pleasant reading we have come to expect in May Sarton's journals. She writes beautifully about her home and garden, her writing, and her friends. But this one has an additional unique quality--she really bares her soul. She confesses to us that she has a wicked temper, mood swings, and grapples with the yearning for a complete love relationship while knowing that she is probably more suited to a life of solitude. I found a lot of of her observations resonating with me. I almost wished that we could speak. She seemed like such a attractive person. I am not what one would call a real nature lover, so I'm more fascinated by the workings of Sarton's mind and emotions than I am interested in the layout of her garden and yet the flowers do offer a pleasant respite to the confessional part of the journal. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.
If you're a writer, this journal goes really deep into the creative writing mysteries. May Sarton has been long admired for her insightful creativity, not just in writing novels and poetry, but also for her philosophy about why we make art. This book is a year of her reflections, her communications with authors, poets, philosophers, friends. and her life as a solitude in Nelson, Fresh Hampshire. During the month of December's journal entry, she quotes Teilhard de Chardin (The Divine Milieu) about why we write and the meaning that comes from it. If you've ever been in despair about your own purpose in your work, this is the book to read to hold going. Sarton's relationship to her own work, the weather, birds, pets, and all of nature is an eye-opening read, truly soul searching for any artist.
May Sarton constantly dealt with the contrary desire to be alone, to write, with the need to sign books, to create appearance, to entertain friends, and to be available. Happiest at home, with her pets and her garden, she found herself juggling the demands of her is journal of a year shows the cost of meeting contradictory demands on her time. To have a poem gestating in her mind, and yet to be called away to speak at a university or at a book signing she had agreed to month prior, set up a important tension in her ch as she complains about it, I think part of her liked the attention.
I started doing yoga everyday after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It's become something I look forward to every day, as it reduces my stress and helps me hold my gut healthy. I only want they could add a feature that would let me to cast the classes.