Book Recommendation: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

Brenda Recommends: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

This time around, my recommendation is also doing double-duty as a THING I LOVE, since it’s both great reading material and symbolic of something I desperately want to incorporate into my life. While yoga is not a new discovery for me, I find myself circling back to it, over and over again, in deeper and totally unexpected ways, and I’ve finally decided I want to take this longing seriously. While I know the practice itself may not be for everyone, what I’ve found in this book, conceptually, has unbelievable implications for the creative process.

Written by the son of a man considered to be one of the greatest yogis of the modern era, the book is his interpretation of his father’s instruction and is about so much more than bending one’s body in challenging ways. The author examines both the physical and psychological elements of yoga, its use as a tool for a healthy, balanced body AND mind, as well as defining the practice in a way that I had not heard before, and honestly found pretty mind-blowing. Immediately, I started thinking about how I approach everything, and writing in particular.

So, even if it looks like a book about yoga, which it is, it also offers brilliant commentary on the concept of process itself, about the way we should be MINDFULLY practicing and constructing all that we choose to have in our lives, as well as what we hope to share with the world. It’s about how the pieces work together, how they build and support and define the whole. It’s dense material, but really worth the effort, I think. As writers, I believe we are enriched by every new perspective, by every new window into something we thought we understood. I hope it speaks to you as it does to me! 

-- Brenda