Friday, March 22, 2013

Yoga Sparks by Carol Krucoff

Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Busy? Life keeping you from taking time for yourself, keeping you from a full yoga practice? Carol Krucoff author of Yoga Sparks states that yes, we are all at some point too busy for yoga but we all would not mind reaping the benefits of yoga (positive mood, decrease in stress, fewer aches and pains etc.) Krucoff takes away your excuses by offering you 108 practices or “yoga sparks” for daily life that she claims will relieve stress in a minute or less… so yes even you, Mr. or Mrs. Too Busy, will have time for yoga.

It is after a near death experience and many health issues that Krucoff starts to develop her “mircopractices” so she can cope. She really stresses throughout the book the mastery of yoga is not measured by the length of a practice or if you can turn yourself into a pretzel but instead on how it influences our daily living. The book focuses on the four main aspects of yoga which Krucoff defines as: 1) postures, 2) breathing, 3) meditation and 4) principles. Each of the 108 sparks will focus on some aspect of the four main principles and are designed to be done anytime, anywhere.

Examples of some of the sparks include; single postures like Mountain Pose to help you center yourself in stressful circumstances, being “mindful” while doing everyday tasks like brushing your teeth or doing the dishes and washing your hands to promote cleanliness. She also offers suggestions of developing empathy through loving a pet and spending more time laughing each day.
The book is short and some of the sparks are reiterations of previous sparks.

Overall, the advice is good and can be summed up as “Slow down and appreciate life.” While there are some nods towards yoga practice it is not really a book about “yoga practices.” It reads very much like a list of motherly advice. While I see nothing wrong with simple reminders to pet our dogs and wash our hands I personally do not see this as a good addition to my yoga library.
The book is set for publication on August 1, 2013 from New Harbinger Publications.

Note: I received this book from the publisher for review. In no way did it affect the content of my review.

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