Friday, September 25, 2015

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

Title: Yoga Girl

Author: Rachel Brathen

Published: Touchstone, March 2015

Pages: 176

Summary: Whether she's practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen, Instagram's @Yoga_Girl; has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. In Yoga Girl, Brathen takes readers beyond her Instagram feed and shares her journey like never before, from her self-destructive teenage years in her hometown in Sweden to her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica, and finally to the beautiful and bohemian life she's built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today. (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I've been trying to get into yoga on and off for about seven or eight years but I always find it hard to stick to.  I think that one of my biggest reasons for this is not being in the right mind set and the other big reason was that I just hadn't found anything to inspire me.

I was recommended Yoga Girl as being a good book to get motivated and interested in Yoga practice.  So I decided to pick it up and give it a read.

There are so many colour photos in the book that show Rachel Brathen in various yoga poses and they all just look so good.  I felt like I wanted to head out to the beach and do some yoga myself. There are also a few recipes in the book that sound delicious.  I'll definitely be trying a couple of them at some point.

I feel that Rachel's story itself was very interesting and it showed that anybody from any background can do yoga and that everyone will discover it in their own way.

I think the only thing that I didn't like about the book was that the recipes and little pieces of wisdom were interspersed through the story of Rachel's life and how she got into yoga.  They just showed up on an opposite page to the story and most of the time, the story page ended in half a sentence so you had to flick over the page to finish either the sentence or paragraph and then go back to read the recipes or insights.

At the end of each chapter are a collection of yoga poses that are explained in a good amount of detail.  They're also accompanied by photographs that make it easy to follow the moves.

Overall, I did really enjoy Yoga Girl and I feel as though it was a good motivational booster for getting back into yoga.  

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