If you're not familiar yet with Brian Leaf's work, you're missing out. There are many books on Yoga and Spirituality out there. My book shelf is full of them! However, few authors make the practice as accessible as he does with his real-world anecdotes and characteristic humor. This book is no different.
The Teacher Appears: 108 Prompts to Power your Yoga Practice isn't your typical yoga how-to. Formatted as more of a workbook, Leaf provides prompts to help you approach your practice a little differently, and see it in a new light. As a practitioner for the past 18 years, and teacher for the past 9, I am all too familiar with getting stuck in the practice. It's easy to stick with what is familiar, what's comfortable. It's much harder to step outside yourself and try a different approach. Casting aside your assumptions about what your practice is, can help you reconnect with that original intention of what brought you to the mat in the first place.
In addition to Leaf's creative and self-reflective approaches presented in the book, are tidbits of inspirational quotes and advice from other leading teachers in the yoga community. It gives the book more of a collaborative feel, and gave me a sense of just how vast our experience can be. There is no one way forward (in anything), but lots of winding and twisting paths that can ultimately lead us closer to our destination. We just need to stay open to get there, and that usually involves stepping outside your comfort zone and trying a new approach.
You'll find some great new approaches in this book! Read it, and yoga on!
I am constantly amazed by the healing power of yoga and herbs. They inspire me to heal, to write, to teach, and to keep exploring.