Book Review: My Friendship With Yoga By Revathi Raj Iyer

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Book Title: My Friendship With Yoga
Author: Revathi Raj Iyer
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 185
Language: English
Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt Ltd
Publishing Date: 4 May 2017
ISBN-10: 9386191008
ISBN-13: 978-9386191007

My Friendship with Yoga is a comprehensive and engaging book with a unique combination of narrative, detailed guidelines, tips, techniques and benefits. Readers will experience the joy of embracing yoga through the wide range of asana (postures) and a weekly practice regimen. From the perspective of a seeker’s journey into yoga, this illustrative book is the perfect guide for all yoga enthusiasts.

Author’s Take

Do not ever force yourself into a posture. Do not try to be perfect. Keep trying until the asana (posture) grows on you. This is path of yoga that teaches you to be resilient and patient. Patience, practice and perseverance alone can unlock this ageless tradition of yoga.

Starting from the cover it’s beautiful and perfect according to the plot. The title of the book “My Friendship with Yoga” is nostalgic and captivating.

Yoga means union. Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. This book is divided into three parts. The first part start with the story of Revathi and what yoga is and her foray into yoga and it also explains about body, concentration, bandhas, meditation along with that author shares some interesting stories from history. The Second Part of the book is about Asana (Postures). Asanas are explained with illustrations. Step by step process of doing asana and benefits are explained in well. While reading the second part one can feel someone is guiding them the steps one by one and help them with some tricks to achieve them. The third part of the book is about daily yoga practice  with detailed and clear instructions on things to do on each day of the week to make yoga an integral part of your daily routine. The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading.

I won’t say that reading this book entirely changes your life but I’m sure your approach towards life and many other will surely get influenced. This book en lights us on subconscious mind and it’s power in various forms. Yoga has been my part of my life when I was very young and I have been practicing on and off but it was not that regular. Yoga is more than the physical movement; yoga shapes the mind as well as the biceps. I have found that the more I practice yoga and meditation, the more I become intimately acquainted with my mind. I am more aware of my thoughts. In the time that I dedicate for my yoga practice, I always make a clear intention to set aside any anticipation of what is to come and any worry of what has gone, giving my mind a break. I am no saint but with these short positive affirmations that I feed my mind and soul with each time I step onto the mat I feel lighter.

Your body can do it.  It’s your mind you need to convince

Highly recommended to all.. This is a must read for everyone who are planning to start their yoga regime.

Over All Rating 4/5 Stars

About the Author

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Revathi Raj Iyer, author of “My Friendship with Yoga” published by Lifi Publications, is a freelance writer, book reviewer, company director, service volunteer and yoga/fitness enthusiast. Professionally qualified as Company Secretary (India & New Zealand) with legal background, she has worked in the corporate field for over a decade. Bombay is her hometown and Baroda her abode after marriage. When she moved to Fiji Islands, she bid adieu to a rewarding career with a multinational to become a full time mum and pursue her twin passions, yoga and writing. She worked as lecturer of Laws at the University of Fiji. Living between NZ and Fiji, she pursued writing and yoga training and continues her passion after moving to India. She lives in Ahmedabad, India and has completed her next book which is a collection of short stories.

https://www.facebook.com/chirminey/

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. bookwormscornerblogspot says:

    I quiet like yoga but I’m not very good at it.

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  2. Awesome review, this sounds like a beneficial book. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Empress DJ says:

    I’d love to do yoga but I’m old and I fear my body is probably not flexible enough

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  4. Michelle says:

    Nice review! I always find my self falling in and out of live with yoga, but maybe this book would help!

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  5. I tried yoga a few times and actually found it stressful as a newbie trying to keep up and learn with the class. But once I got the hang of it I did find it helpful in stretching my body.

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  6. Lauren Becker says:

    I’ve done yoga before, but I don’t know a lot about it’s origins, etc. Thanks for sharing!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. Allie Bock says:

    Great review! I love yoga and am always looking for a good yoga resource!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Akaleistar says:

    I don’t know a lot about yoga, so this would be interesting to read!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Heidi says:

    Not too much into Yoga but I know some others might enjoy it! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Ooh I know some people that might like this book! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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  11. terriesin says:

    Yoga is hard! LOL Great review

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  12. Then this one will surely boost you

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  13. It is a holistic cleansing of the mind as well.
    Yoga makes the body flexible and not the other way round. It may take awhile, but slowly body will start getting flexible. If there are no other health issues, it is ok to start learning yoga, but with an instructor. It took me several years to start doing my own self- practice. I learnt it from various instructors. Anybody can learn yoga but at different stages, body will adapt differently. So guidance is required and elderly people could try geriatric yoga from an instructor.

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