Recently released products created by KYTA members.
Yoga Time with Julie Palmer: Stretch, Strengthen, Breathe & Relax
This 78-minute DVD for all levels, divided into eight sections, offers multiple options for practice. Choose just the centering, pranayama, and 10-minute Sun Salutation sequence for a morning energizer, create a calming, gentle experience by doing the sections dedicated to seated poses, lying poses, and relaxation-or do it all! Julie, a Kripalu Yoga teacher from Nova Scotia who brings 17 years of experience, guides with clarity and ease, introducing multiple variations and modifications so you can make the practice your own. The score includes music by Sudhir Jonathan Foust and KYTA’s own Vandita Kate Marchesiello. www.yoga4all.ca
A Minute for Me by Megan McDonough
Pithy, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this collection of short personal essays is a pick-me-up you can pick up any time of day, offering you a fresh insight in record time! A yoga teacher, marketing consultant, and mother of two, Megan isn’t afraid to let us in on her flaws and foibles-and to share what she’s learned along the way. In “Confessions of a Potato Chip Junkie,” for example, she reflects on patterns and obsessions; “Vacuuming with Pearls” is a look at what happens when you let the June Cleaver image go and instead acknowledge reality. Each essay is followed by a 60-second exercise that invites the reader to form new habits, think about things in new ways, and cultivate greater self-awareness. www.satyahouse.com
From Darkness to Light: My Journey Back from a Brain Filled with Blood by Lynn Christopher Roby
After a brain aneurysm left her depressed, debilitated and in pain, Lynn Roby discovered a healing tool that addressed her suffering on multiple levels: yoga. In this powerful memoir, Lynn connects the dots between the low and high points of her life, before and after the aneurysm. She writes honestly and directly about the challenges—including her struggles with addiction and an abusive first marriage—and the joys: a second marriage to her “soul mate,” her recovery with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, and her eventual opening of a holistic health center and training as a Kripalu Yoga teacher. www.outskirtspress.com
Children’s Yoga Books
The Kids’ Yoga Book of Feelings by Mary Humphrey; photos by Michael Frost
Animals do Yoga
and so do I!
Beautifully produced and photographed, this guide for kids ages 7 to 12 (or thereabouts) is a wonderful tool for launching a lifelong practice. Each posture—with creative names like Elephant (Forward Bend), Opossum (Savasana), and Polar Bear (Table-Top)—has its own two-page spread, with pictures of real kids practicing the pose, clear instructions, and an accompanying feeling and affirmation. For example, the feeling for Swan (we know it as Flag) is “contentment,” and the affirmation is “I understand and accept myself as I am.” This would be perfect for a grown-up to read aloud as the child practices the poses and breathing—or maybe for a family to do together! www.marshallcavendish.us/kids
by Angela Faith Miller; illustrated by Susie McColgan
“Sit like a pretzel, and breathe deep” is the first line of this picture book for the pre-K set. The lively, colorful illustrations juxtapose friendly creatures (lion, dog, eagle, cat, etc.) with images of a child practicing a related pose. Bunnies raising their fluffy ears mirror a girl in Seated Yoga Mudra; a smiling crab looks on as a little boy tries Inverted Table-Top on the sand. The rhythmic text describes each animal’s qualities and each line concludes with “and so do I!” A sweet introduction for the littlest practitioners. www.animalsdoyoga.com
My Forever Home by Corinne A. Corcoran; illustrated by Kristin Bodine
Geneva Grace, the 9-year-old protagonist of this bittersweet story, is preparing to leave her beloved home and move to a new city. This difficult transition is eased as she revisits all the familiar places around her house: the old oak in the yard, the sunflowers by the fence, the creek that winds up the hill. In each spot, she embodies the creatures she meets (snake, turtle, dragonfly, and more) and breathes in colors and calm. By the end of the book, she understands that “her real home [is] deep inside herself, and it [connects] her to everything and everyone.” Yoga is union, in a nutshell. www.xlibris.com