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Teaching Yoga Will Change Your Life
on 3 January 2013
'Teaching Yoga Will Change Your Life' - so begins Mark Stephens' book. Stephens set out, he says, to provide an essential resource for all yoga teachers and students interested in refining their skills and expanding their knowledge of yoga.
To that end there are chapters on the ancient roots of modern yoga, yoga's journey to the west, subtle energies, body structure and movement, techniques and tools in teaching yoga, teaching asanas, teaching pranayma, teaching meditation, planning classes, specialised teaching and yoga as a profession. There are instructions on how to construct a basic practice 'arc' and sample plans based on all the major branches of yoga such as Iyengar, Bikram, Sivanada, etc.
The aspects I liked best were his clear honest style of writing, his obvious experience and knowledge, his immaculate referencing of facts and figures and his obvious love of yoga. Suitable as a text book for new teachers and a reference work for the more experienced.
I'm already virtually living with this book and I expect to do so for a long time to come.
It's well set out and the illustrations are particularly clear - suitable for anyone with a visual disability.