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The full title of this marvellous audio release is almost longer than the recording itself!
Running at only 24 minutes it’s a superb introduction to yoga, teaching basic moves, discussing dos and don’ts, what you’ll need, and tips to help you progress further. It’s surprising just how much training and information you can fit into such a short period of time without feeling rushed. It’s a good length too, because beginners often want a quick fix at the start of a new journey, dipping their toe in the water rather than diving into something more comprehensive from the onset.
Narrator Sunny Norwood Buck has a clear, soothing voice that articulates Sarah Moore’s knowledge and guidance with encouragement and positivity. With only one other title to her name on Audible, she shows no signs of being a novice. Buck appears to be an ideal reader for the self-improvement arena and I hope to hear more of her in the future.
Moore’s two-week training program begins with some context, which often goes unrecognised as a valuable part of any lesson. By understanding the ‘what’ and ‘why’, it’s easier to connect with the lessons ahead. She provides a very brief introduction to yoga, including some history. She outlines some of the principles that are relevant across all forms of yoga - including relaxation, proper breathing, nutrition and visualisation – then goes on to discuss the different types of yoga, the importance of choosing a style that matches your abilities and goals, and, finally, the benefits of practicing yoga.
The yoga lessons themselves are surprisingly clear. Any hesitation I had about audio lessons for a physical activity were quickly dispelled. Clear instructions are given in a dot point format to walk the listener through setting up and executing each pose. The plan provides one new pose per day with a weekly review. The first week includes the ‘easy pose’ and ‘corpse’ to start and finish each session, along with simple poses such as the Mountain Pose, Warrior Pose and Downward Dog. The second week’s lessons include the Boat Pose, Half-Wheel Pose, Triangle Pose and Upward-Facing Dog, amongst others.
Moore winds up the lesson with some great tips for beginners, some obvious, some not so obvious, and she spends time at the end reminding the listener of the importance of diet.
Yoga for Beginners is an excellent audio resource for those wanting to try the discipline for the first time. It sits up there as one of the best self-improvement audiobooks I've reviewed on my site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. Naturally, see your doctor if necessary before engaging in any new form of exercise, then consider this audiobook as a start to your improved well-being.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes it was concise and highly informative on yoga basics. Simple postures made easy to understand and apply.
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