Let me start with a question: do you consider your life to be balanced? You know, enough sleep, decent meals, fun with friends, meaningful work, family time, me time, etc? Motherhood has challenged everything I’ve known about balance, but carving out time for ourselves, whether or not we have children, is crucial!
Paola Di Florio and Lisa Leeman (Self-Realization Fellowship, 2015. DVD, Book, Soundtrack) If you are interested in learning about the benefits and brief history of yoga and meditation, this documentary is a great place to start. The New York Times deemed it “compelling…enough to make a modern soul look inwards.” The film explores the life of world spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda, widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West. (Yogananda introduced millions of seekers to the ancient Vedic practice through his best-selling spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi). The film, an intimate account of Yogananda’s personal journey in the West, features interviews with musicians Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, holistic health pioneer Deepak Chopra, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, Harvard Divinity School’s Francis Clooney, S.J. and many others.
Jennifer DeCurtins (Fair Winds Press, 2015) If you want to take your practice to the next level and join the Instafamous yogis who practically live upside down, this book will come in handy! Designed to take anyone from a beginner to an advanced yoga student, The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions helps readers progress from downward dog to even the most intricate of handstand poses. Besides it being fun and looking insanely cool, yoga inversions improve focus, circulation, all while toning the upper body and core. Fitness and yoga instructor Jennifer DeCurtains breaks down step-by-step how to move through poses and add modifications.
There are tons of yoga resources available for all ages, levels, incomes, and lifestyles these days. Yoga studios are great, but if you are looking for a more affordable option, you can visit your local YMCA. None around? You can practice in your own home with online classes. Besides YouTube, you can check out websites like yogadownload.com and oneOeight.com for classes you can do at your own pace.