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Yin Yoga Principles & Practice- A Book Review & Giveaway

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This is the third of a three part introductory series to Yin Yoga. You can check out part one and two as well if your not familiar with Yin Yoga.

Paul Grilley is know as ‘Mr.Yin Yoga’ in Yoga circles and is my Yin Yoga teacher.  So what better way to wrap up my introductory series than with a book review and giveaway of his expanded 10th anniversary edition Yin Yoga Principles & Practice.

 

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This book is packed full of information in a surprisingly small package. The book only has 141 pages but still manages to cover a fair bit of Paul’s many years of study, practice and experience. The book includes Chakra Theory, Bandha Practices, Pranayama practices and Meditation in addition to the Yin Theory and poses.

Yin Yoga Principles and Practice is not as long or ‘Sciencey’ as some of the other Yin Yoga books out there which, I think makes it great as a first read for new Yin Yoga students and teachers, as well as an crucial book for any serious Yin Yoga practitioners library. Over all the book is clear to follow and isn’t over the heads of those who might be new to reading Yoga books.

My only critique of the book is that there aren’t any variations or modifications for those who are less flexible. If you know how to use props and modify poses for you trouble spots then you’ll be just fine. If not you will want to find a qualified Yin Yoga teacher to help you along the way.

 

 

Indie Spiritualist A No Bullshit Exploration Of Spirituality – A Book Review

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What does a “Spiritual Person”  look like? When you think of a Spiritual Person does this image come to mind?

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What if it was more like this:

Chris Grosso

I first discovered Chris Grosso through a mutual friend Kayla via Twitter. I started following him and vice versa and we have since become friends on Facebook as well. There aren’t alot of us tattooed, alternative folk in the wellness and spiritual circles, so I  was excited to check him out.

When first I read Chis’s blog Indie Spiritualist, I was immediately struck by his wise (beyond his years) and humble nature. I was so inspired and moved (literally to tears) by his story and how he came to spirituality. I am also a graduate of the school of hard knocks, and felt an immediate resonance with his story and his message.

When I heard Chris was writing a book I just knew I had to get a copy and do a review & giveaway! Lucky for me Kayla had already bought me signed copy as a gift. In an effort to pay it forward and get this epic book into more hands you will have a chance to get your hands on a signed copy as well (more on that below).

So who is Chris Grosso and what is an Indie Spiritualist?

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“Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, recovering addict, and bestselling author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality. He writes for ORIGIN MagazineHuffington Post and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid 90’s.”

Indie Spiritualist in Chris’s words taken from Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality.

“Spirituality is often of little interest to those who are independent thinkers and don’t necessarily feel like we we fit into the mainstream cultural norms in terms of interests, passions, values, or attitudes. Whether we’re a teenager, a twenty- or thirty -something or older; into punk rock, hip hop, or alternative music; covered in tattoos and piercings; a skateboarder……”

He goes on to say: “Many of us looked to religion or spirituality for answers but soon found that neither the dogma of old religion nor the “love and light” fluffiness of New Age spirituality were approaches that resonated with us. Still, we were left with an internal yearning – one of virtually deafening silence-that compelled us to answer it’s call, but how? What can we do? What about the rest of us who don’t resonate with the exceedingly positive love-and-light movement or the dogmatic tenets of spiritual and religious traditions? What are we left to do when we are looking for something more, something we can embrace exactly as we are?”

Watch the video below for my full review and details on how you can win your very own signed copy.

Chris’s Website: The Indie Spiritualist

To enter to win a signed copy of  Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality.

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This Giveaway has closed you can get Chris’s book on Amazon.ca here Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality or on Amazon.com here Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

Happy Joints: The Yoga For Arthritis Handbook-A Book Review

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If you or someone you care about suffers from Arthritis, You’re going to want to check out this book review.

Kim McNeil (a fellow Yoga Therapist and trailblazer) and I follow each other on Instagram. When I saw that Kim had released a book Happy Joints: The Yoga For Arthritis Handbook I knew I had to buy a copy and check it out.

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This is the story of how this book came to be in Kim’s own words:

I had heard too many stories about how arthritis had reduced the quality of life of my family, friends, and students.  Their stories were too similar: they went undiagnosed for years, they felt older than their age, they had given up on the things they loved to do, and they were frustrated about how their bodies were no longer working for them. Their physical and mental health had gone down the tubes. When it came to yoga, they felt left out of classes and misunderstood by teachers. I knew yoga could help them feel better again.  I heard the testimonials from my students and complete strangers about how yoga helped improve their lives.  I saw the changes made in my client’s bodies.  I decided there should be a book written just for them, something they could use at home every day to help empower them to manage their pain, stiffness, and depression.  I got on the job of creating such a book.” ~Kim McNeil

I cannot rave about this book enough. Watch my video below for my full review and your chance to win a signed copy!

Giveaway Details / Rules

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  • Winner will be chosen June 30, 2014 and contacted via email

Please check out Kim’s website for more info on Happy Joints: The Yoga For Arthritis Handbook and her Yoga For Arthritis Classes. If you know someone who suffers from Arthritis, share this blog post with them.