Calm yourself in stressful times: 4 new books |

Calm yourself in stressful times: 4 new books

Four new books about yoga cover not just the nuts and bolts of how to practice, but the stories of how yoga led practitioners to very different lives.

9:24AM EDT October 27. 2012 – Feeling fried after another long week at work? Or stressed out about being unemployed? One way to help yourself this weekend: Stretch out and take a deep breath. Here are some new books about yoga, which is practiced by about 16 million Americans:

Pictures and guidelines: You might find yourself getting inspired by the beautiful photos and tips (example: Warrior II, broaden your arms, keep your front knee over your heel, keep your weight in your heel) in The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig. In addition to the directions for more than 200 poses, you can find yoga postures that might help cure a hangover (the first 20 minutes make you sweat it out) and core-strengthening routines “for hotter, more satisfying sex.” Another plus for a practice that can lead to injuries: tips on how to avoid them. Budig writes that the key to learning is “Patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your hands won’t fly past your knees to touch the ground in that amount of time either.” She covers yoga from a variety of angles, whether you’re looking for total body workout or just wanting to chill.

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Posted on: October 29, 2012