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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

{Book Review) Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less by Carol Krucoff

Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less
by Carol Krucoff
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release: August 1st 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Yoga, exercise
How I got it: NetGalley

Given the popularity of yoga in this day and age, you probably know about the benefits it can have on both the mind and body. An increase in positive mood, a decrease in stress, better sleep, and fewer aches and pains are just a few. Maybe you’ve been busy, and have been meaning to try it—or maybe you have tried it but still find it difficult to fit into your schedule.
The most common excuse people give for not exercising is that they have no time. Between work, family, school, and social obligations, many of us are overbooked and scrambling to get things done in our daily lives. But what if there were quick, easy yoga exercises that could be integrated into your daily routine?
Yoga Sparks offers 108 quick, practical, and accessible yoga exercises that you can practice anytime, anywhere—no matter how busy or stressful your schedule. In this book, you will learn how yoga in �bite-size” pieces can become a healthy habit that can relieve emotional stress, increase your physical strength and flexibility, and help you to lead a happier, healthier life.
Whether practicing relaxed breathing while in traffic, sitting with proper alignment while working at your computer, or even balancing on one leg while waiting in line, the step-by-step, breath-by-breath practices in this book will help you bring the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga practice into your daily life.

Review: I've been on a health kick lately trying to lose some winter weight, I really enjoy yoga so I thought this would be a good way to find a way to incorporate yoga into everyday. I was mistaken. This really should be Meditation Sparks. It was more about centering, and de-stressing than actual yoga poses, which was a bit misleading. I really thought this would have actual yoga poses, or at least things other than the Mountain Pose (ok it does) I was looking for a bit more. Not just breathing and meditation, which are fine just not what I bargained for.
If you're in the market for a book to help you slow down, relax and breath then pick this up. It does have a lot of useful tips to make the most of your day. For what it is it's not bad, although I wasn't thoroughly impressed with the directions and the illustrations leave a lot to be desired.

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