Adding a Fiction category to my recommended list of Yoga Books, has definitely been more challenging than I thought it would be. The problem being that, to me, humorous anecdotes about happenings in Yoga classes, or novels with the words “Downward Dog” in the title, do not define Yoga Fiction. It’s much more than that.
In my mind, for something to be defined as Yoga Fiction it has to change the way that we think and/or the way that we react to the world around us. As a result, books that were read during formative times in our lives often feel like Yoga Fiction. Or maybe the category should be called Yogic (rather than Yoga) Fiction?
In any case, I’ve added some fiction resources to my list of recommended Yoga Books. They resonate with me, but I’d be interested to hear what other novels you would include in this list. As always, I welcome your thoughts.
I think mudras are magic because they are able to produce, enhance, balance and/or “seal-in” a particular type of energy in the body. Mudra is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as “sign”, “gesture” or “seal”. Mudras are signs or gestures that can be made with various parts of the body, but the most common are the hand mudras.
In Yoga we often come into a hand mudra during meditation. Some asanas (Yoga poses) lend themselves to the addition of a hand mudra, particularly if we are trying to incorporate energy work into our practice. Simply put, mudras can be seen as another awesome thing that we can add to our Yoga toolbox. One of my favorite mudras is Anjali mudra (pictured below), which I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with. We’ll discuss this beautiful mudra in another post soon.
Do you have favorite mudras that you like to incorporate into your practice?