I'm so glad I did.
When we actively work to break our patterns of judgement and negative thought, it's amazing how much of the world opens up. This is certainly true of my experience with Pick Your Yoga Practice. Here Meagan McCrary, a certified yoga instructor and journalist explores seven of the most prominent approaches, plus ten “best of the rest,” in terms of what a class is like, the level of physical exertion involved, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings. McCrary’s approach digs deeper than the physical descriptions of the practices to include everything from a style’s philosophical foundation and teaching methodology to what-to-expect and health benefits.
It's these more in-depth philosophical descriptions that really grabbed my attention. As a teacher, I regularly try to study and share these lessons with my students. And often there is a connection to what is going on in my life or the rhythm of the season, to what we work on in class. But translating these concepts to a diverse population can be challenging at times. We are all at our own place in our practice, and not everyone wants to hear about Ahimsa and Sankalpa. And that's okay! McCrary presents some very clear and accessible jewels about yoga philosophy, that are easy to understand (and share with others), but also draw your attention to keep the book engaging. Like her description of the Six Poisons Surrounding the Spiritual Heart. Doesn't the heading make you want to find out what that is??!
So it's not really just a book about different yoga styles. It encompasses a lot more than that, and is a great resource for anyone looking to start a practice, or someone who just wants to look at it with fresh eyes.
And just like it's important to approach things with an open heart, the same is true for thinking about them with a beginner's mind.
Meagan McCrary is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher and the author of Pick Your Yoga Practice. She teaches for Equinox Sports Clubs, works one-on-one with some of the entertainment industries leading professionals, and holds workshops and retreats nationally and internationally. Visit her online at http://www.meaganmccrary.com.