International Day of Yoga 2021: Library Resources

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 widely in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal and to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga., the United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.

As we know the pandemic, besides its impact on physical health, has exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Yoga’s role in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity, and in dealing with the stress of uncertainty and isolation has never been more relevant.

Visit the Library’s display of Yoga materials in the Adult Seating Area!

As stated on the UN Yoga Day observance website, “ A growing trend of people around the world embracing Yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression has been witnessed during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation.”

This year’s commemoration of the International Day of Yoga focuses on “Yoga for well-being” – how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual.  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, a bevy of  resources on yoga are accessible with your Livingston Public  Library card.  to guide and motivate you in your practice.

Magazines and Ebooks

Several yoga themed magazines  and ebooks can be borrowed on  EBccls Overdrive.

Online Learning with Universal Class

Yoga 101

Recent Books

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis : A Practical Guide For People With MS and Yoga Teachers by Garth McLean

Yoga For Weight Loss by Loren Fishman

Chair Yoga For Seniors : Stretches and Poses That You Can Do Sitting Down At Home by Lynn Lehmkuhl

Essential Chakra Yoga : Poses To Balance, Heal, and Energize The Body and Mind by Christina D’Arrigo 

Restorative Yoga : Relax Restore Re-energize by Caren Baginski

Stay Young With Yoga : Use the Power Of Yoga To Stay Youthful, Fit and Pain-free At Any Age by Nicola Jane Hobbs

Yoga After 50 For Dummies by Larry Payne

Yoga For Inflexible People by Max Lowenstein

Yoga Where You Are : Customize Your Practice For Your Body and Your Life by Dianne Bondy

Films

You can stream a variety of yoga related documentaries and films on Kanopy.

Namaste,

Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Reflective Journaling

Did you know that June is National Brain Awareness Month?

This week’s reflective journaling sheet asks you to exercise your mind by exploring the Library’s subscriptions to Gale Courses and Universal Class. Through these digital resources, you can take classes worth real CEUs in everything from accounting, writing, cooking, and so much more.

You can access this week’s reflective journaling sheet here:

What will you learn?

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian