Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Book Review: My Friendship with Yoga

Book: My Friendship with Yoga
Author: Revathi Raj Iyer
Publisher: LiFi Publications
Genre: Non-Fiction | Health and Fitness
Pages: 185
Price: 240 INR

The perfect book for yoga aspirants and yoga enthusiasts!

"My Friendship with Yoga" by Revathi Raj Iyer is a very well-written book that will help yoga aspirants, beginners, and yoga enthusiasts. The book is divided into three parts. In the first part, the author talks about her foray into yoga and how yoga can help you lead a beautiful life. Her experience at the Sivananda Ashram was beautiful to read. In very simple and engaging language, the author has acquainted the reader about the monkey mind, bandhas, meridians, and chakras. The author has included some beautiful quotes and interesting anecdotes to make the readers get interested in pursuing yoga.

"There is no fetter like illusion, no force greater than yoga, no friend greater than knowledge and no enemy greater than ego."- Gheranda Samhita 1:4 (Page37)

In the second part, the author talks about the several asanas in a very simple manner. The language is easy to comprehend and the illustrations given for each asana makes it easier for readers to understand. After mentioning the steps for every asana, the author has talked about the benefit of each asana in detail. I enjoyed reading the benefits of each asana as they enhanced my interest in many asanas which I have never tried yet.

I am doing yoga since 2016. Yoga and meditation are a huge part of my life. They help me lead a holistic life, but sometimes I miss my yoga regime for weeks when I have a lot of work. This book was the perfect thing that a yoga enthusiast like me needed.

In the third part, the author has shared her yoga regimen. This section is extremely helpful for people who want to have a disciplinary approach towards yoga. There is a regimen for each day of the week. Following the Monday to Sunday regimen will help you stay fit and healthy always. The tips mentioned at the end of every regimen is very helpful. 

Overall, this is a book that should be read by anyone who is interested in yoga. Even if you have never done yoga but find it fascinating, you must read this book. It will instill your interest in this holistic practice. The best thing about the book is its friendly tone. You will feel that a friend of yours is holding your hand and guiding you to embrace the world of yoga. And trust me, you will enjoy it! I am going with 5 stars. 

Remember yoga is a dance- practice it with grace, poise and fervour (Page 161)

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  1. Delighted to read your lovely and succinct review of my book. Thank you so much Purba. Wish you a Happy New Year and a healthy yoga practice!

    1. It was a pleasure reading and reviewing your book :)

  2. looks interesting. Nice review Purba

  3. Thanks for the review Purba. I am being quite regular with yoga for a year and it seems the books help a lot on days when we get lazy or due to hectic schedule. Reviewed in a reader friendly manner and makes it effective.

    1. Hey Vishal! It is great to know that you are also into yoga. Have a great 2018. Yes, the book indeed helps to be disciplined. Thanks :)

  4. I have been a yoga freak for a long time. It is nice to see yoga practitioners sharing their journey. Hope this will motivate the fence sitters to jump into the yogic paths.
    It is only fitting that a review for a yoga related book should come from a yoga practitioner.
    Wishing Ravathi Raj Iyer all the best for the success of the book.

    1. Wow! Great to know another yoga freak. Yes, I think the book can motivate people who want to do yoga but are too afraid to pursue it.

    2. Thank you dear yoga buddies. Hope my book boosts your practice and helps to stay focussed:)


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