Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga: the spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
Living Yoga by George Feuerstein
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
The Heart of Yoga by T. K.V. Desikachar
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin
www.Manduka.com (My favorite yoga mat)
www.huggermugger.com (Great place to get props such as blocks and straps)
“The way that we see things today does not have to be the way we saw them yesterday. That is because the situations, our relationships to them, and we ourselves have changed in the interim. This notion of constant change suggests that we do not have to be discouraged.”
“Whether things get better or worse depends to a considerable extent on our own actions. The recommendation of a yoga practice follows the principle that through practice we can learn to stay present in every moment, and thereby achieve much that we were previously incapable of.”
“I feel certain that the change wrought by my practice also changes the world. I don’t see how it can be otherwise. Everything is interconnected in the fabric of oneness. Awakening affects the entire world.”
"The Guest House":
"This being human is a guest house / Every morning a new arrival. / A joy, a depression, a meanness / some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. / Welcome and entertain them all! / Even if they're a crowd of sorrows / who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. / Still, treat each guest honorably. / He may be clearing you out for some new delight."
The Essential Rumi. Coleman Barks, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.
The mind is everything; what you think, you become.
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
Patanjali, translated from Sanskrit
Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.
B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala
Asana is a steady, comfortable posture.
Asana (yoga posture) means the posture that brings comfort and steadiness. Any pose that brings this comfort and steadiness is a yoga asana. If you can achieve one pose, that is enough. It may sound easy, but in how many poses are we really comfortable and steady? Before we can relax the mind and bring more balance into our lives we need to work on the physical body by using yoga practices such as posture work and breath control.
The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali (Book two Chapter 46) 300BC
"What really matters is what happens in us, not to us."
John C. Maxwell
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."