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I love books! I especially love free books! If you don’t mind reading books in PDF format, I ran across Yoga for Men by Thomas Claire on Scribd. It’s probably not the top book on my list of places to start reading about yoga, but it’s pretty hard to beat free! In perusing the book, I was surprised at how much information Yoga for Men contained, especially concerning different styles of yoga. While some of the information is targeted towards men, most of the book just deals with yoga subjects that would appeal to anyone interested in yoga. One of my favorite parts of the book was the depth of resources the author provided for further study. If you’re looking for a good list of yoga books to read, I highly recommend checking out the additional resources at the end of each chapter.
There are quite a few books uploaded on Scribd (some yoga related), making it a decent place to look if you want to preview a book. I also found Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, one of my all-time favorites. If you’ve never read it, you’ll eventually end up buying you’re own copy. I like the Scribd version because I can put it on my Pocket PC for reading late at night in bed. Good stuff!
I’ve been told that dads don’t actually “babysit” their own kids. My wife says it’s called ” “parenting.” Whatever. Whenever mommy is gone it is a crash-course in babysitting for daddy around here. Tonight mommy had some meetings to go to so it was just me and my three-year-old daughter Kennedy “hanging out” after dinner. Having been rather busy lately, what with moving across the country and starting a new job, life has probably been a little more hectic than a three-year-old deserves. So, I decided that tonight I would focus on doing exactly what my little girl wanted to do. With a face like this how could I resist?
We started out reading a book, moved on to coloring, and eventually the idea popped into my head to see how well an informal yoga class with my daughter would go over (with me as the teacher). A few weeks ago I received a free copy of a little yoga book from LibraryThing‘s “Early Reviewers” program titled The Yoga Adventure for Children by Helen Purperhart. Pretty much all I had to do was put the book in my daughter’s hands and she was quickly busy turning herself from a caterpillar to a butterfly or balancing herself like a tree in the wind. Each pose in the book is illustrated with a different animal juxtaposed with a drawn picture of a child in the pose, so she knew exactly what the pose was to look like and pretty much what it was called. Another fun part about the book is that it has an adventure story that children can act out through yoga poses as it is being read to them.
Kennedy loved it! I’m sure there are other good yoga books for kids out there, but I was very impressed by how well Kennedy connected with the pictures. As it turned out, we did yoga together for almost 45 minutes and Kennedy really worked up a sweat. When I finally got Kennedy into bed (late I might add), she told me thanks for teaching her how to do yoga tonight and asked whether we could do it again tomorrow night. I’m not sure Ms. Purperhart needs a much better endorsement than that for her book.
Been over to Yoga Journal.com lately? I’m not going to lie and say that I’ve spent a lot of time over there, but I have noticed that there’s been a major update on the site. So far I’m pretty impressed. Somebody at Yoga Journal finally realized that a community oriented site attracts viewers more frequently and for a longer duration, which obviously equates to increased advertising revenue.
It’s now possible to leave comments on articles or save favorite articles to a profile. Equally impressive is the Sequence Builder that makes it possible to create customized yoga workouts. Plus, if you think you’ve put together the perfect routine, you can choose to share the sequence with other members of the community. You can even save notes for each of the poses. My only complaint is that you can’t click on the images for a detailed description of the pose. Oh well.
I’m sure there are a lot of other great new features, but I’ll let you head over to YJ to check them out for yourself.