There are a lot of misconceptions about yoga. Some people look at it as a religious new age practice and would never consider trying it. Some men look at it as a women’s activity and don’t realize that they can benefit from it, you also have other people who wear yoga pants and don’t get into the workouts at all. Then you have the people who want to try yoga but have no idea where to start because there are so many different forms of yoga to try.
Yoga For Beginners: What Every Yoga Beginner Should Know Before Practice by Ashley Leesburg is a short intro guide for anyone who is thinking about practicing yoga. This book includes reasons why you should try it, how to avoid injury, what to expect in a class, what kinds of yoga are out there, a history of yoga and 21 photos of yoga poses. This is a straight forward book that doesn’t spend a lot of time on each subject but gives you enough information for you to decide if you want to try yoga or not.
This book touches on all the benefits of yoga. Such as how it improves your flexibility, decreases anxiety and improves mental clarity through meditation. This book has the feel of an instructional manual that you would get from a teacher before you start a class. It doesn’t go too deep into what to expect, it just scratches the surface as to what yoga can do for you and why you should consider it.
What I liked most about this book is that it points out how yoga isn’t just for women, several men do it to and it can be a great cardio vascular workout that doesn’t require any equipment to buy. This book also makes some great points as to why you should start a practice. Ashley Leesburg points out that once you start going to a yoga class everything will fall in to place when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. People into yoga are into healthy eating and other habits and they will start to rub off on you. Yoga For Beginners is a book that can be the start of a new lifestyle and as the author points out you don’t even need a mat to try it, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.