Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yogaaims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Yoga is a powerful tool to deal with the stress of uncertainty and isolation, and especially in the current crisis, it can contribute to mental health as well as help maintain physical well-being.
With schools closed and summer break activities cancelled, parents may find it challenging to keep their children physically active. Yoga can help. UNICEF says kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness and relaxation.
The World Health Organization mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world.
Whether you are an advanced practitioner of yoga, or have just learned about the downward dog posture, tons of digital resources on yoga are accessible with your Livingston Public Library card. At a time when yoga studios and other communal spaces for yoga practice may have closed, you can take advantage of these online resources to guide and motivate you in your practice.
Yoga Journal on RB Digital
Your source for yoga pose instruction, sequences, free video classes, guided meditations, and information on the yogic lifestyle.
Online Learning with Universal Class
Ebooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive (includes a couple of fiction titles in which yoga features in the plot)
Basic Yoga Postures and Series In a Day For Dummies by Georg Feuerstein & Larry Payne
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
Grown-Up Pose (Fiction) by Sonya Lalli
Laughter Yoga: Daily Practices for Health and Happinessby Madan Kataria & Andrew Weil AUDIOBOOK (Includes supplementary content)
Tales from the Yoga Studio (Fiction) by Rain Mitchell
20 Minutes to Master … Yoga by Cheryl Isaacson
Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers by Meta Chaya Hirschl Yamas & Niyamas
Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele & Laura Jennings AUDIOBOOK
Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
Yoga For Kids: Simple First Steps in Yoga and Mindfulness by Susannah Hoffman & Patricia Arquette
A search for yoga under ebooks brings up hundreds of titles.
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian