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Informed Yoga Practice

Yoga is popular as a form of exercise, but its philosophy goes beyond the physical. Enjoy a variety of books that embrace diversity and spirituality for deepening your yoga practice. 

A Queer Dharma : Yoga and Meditations for Liberation by Jacoby Ballard
In "A Queer Dharma" Jacoby Ballard introduces a queer-centered lens for yoga and the dharma. This book deconstructs issues of modern yoga, and explains concepts to combat these issues such as lovingkindness, compassion, and forgiveness. Ballard addresses the trauma queer communities have faced, and provides ways to work through that trauma.

Accessible Yoga : Poses and Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman
In "Accessible Yoga" Jivana Heyman provides instruction on asanas that can be used and modified for different physical needs. Yoga spaces are often dominated by images of thin, able-bodied practitioners. This often discourages those who want to develop a practice and experience all the benefits yoga provides. This book is aimed towards people of all backgrounds and ability so that anyone can practice.

Embrace Yoga's Roots : Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice by Susanna Barkataki
In "Embrace Yoga's Roots" Susanna Barkataki inspires readers of all skill levels to deepen their yoga practice beyond just the poses. Practitioners, teachers, and beginners alike are encouraged to embrace the ancient philosophy behind modern yoga and honor its cultural origins. Barkataki emphasizes and breaks down separation, reflection, reconnection, and liberation as categories to develop a more ethical and empathetic practice. This book aims to increase authenticity while eliminating cultural appropriation.

Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Gail Parker
Restorative yoga is used by many as a tool for emotional healing. In "Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma" Gail Parker presents how this form of yoga can be used to remedy the psychological effects of race-based trauma.

Yoga : The Path to Holistic Health by B. K. S. Iyengar
Iyengar Yoga is a widely popular form of yoga that focuses on the physical form of asanas. "Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health" emphasizes the teachings of Iyengar, with lessons suitable for every level of ability. This book illustrates the asanas, sequences developed for different conditions and problems, and an introduction for beginners.

Yoga Beyond the Mat : How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice by Alanna Kaivalya
The physical aspect of yoga is widely practiced, but its spiritual and psychological components contain a pathway to liberation. In "Yoga Beyond the Mat" Alanna Kaivalya introduces different exercises such as meditations, rituals, and journaling to help readers strengthen their spiritual practice beyond the mat.

Yoga Where You Are : Customize Your Practice for Your Body + Your Life by Dianne Bondy
"Yoga Where You Are" gives the readers the tools necessary for a yoga practice fit to their life. Bondy and Heagberg encourage all body types and abilities to create a practice suitable to their unique situation. It includes instruction on customizable poses and variations for diverse bodies. This book celebrates the diversity of yoga, prompting greater depth in practice.

 

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