This book provides a gentle introduction to yogic philosophy, and the non-pose aspects of yoga (the series of poses known commonly as “yoga” are but one of the eight limbs of yoga). Lasater, a yoga instructor in San Francisco, divides the book into three parts.
Part one deals with the internal (spritual seeking, discipline, letting go, self judgment, faith, perspective, and courage), part two with relationships (compassion, control, fear, patience, attachment and aversion, suffering, and impermanence), and the last part with the rest of the world (greed, service, connection, truth, success, nonviolence, and love). Each of the 21 chapters begins with a quote from either the Yoga Sutra or the Bhagavad Gita, followed by a few pages of anecdotes and interpretation of that quote, a suggested way to practice that concept, and finishes with several “mantras for daily living.”
Although Judith Lasater is a well-known teacher, and writes well, this book felt a bit “light” to me, with too many new-agey self-help catchphrases (mainly in the mantras for daily living sections), and not as much delving into yogic philosophy as I would have preferred.
For those looking for an easy-to-read introduction to all of the non-pose aspects of yoga, this would be a great book to start with. If you’ve already read a couple of this type of book, you can give this one a pass.
My rating: Good, but light