“Yoga is not useful to a life we should live, in a world we wish we had. It is meant for our lives now in this world, as it is. It is not about manufacturing a utopian existence free of setbacks; it’s about removing obstacles whenever possible and mastering our own attention and perception when it’s not.”
Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life is a comprehensive guide to yoga and ways in which we can take our practice off the mat and into our daily lives. It is divided into four sections: Yoga: Ancient and Modern, The Body, The Mind, The Spirit.
The book is well organized and written in a very relatable way. I enjoyed all the sections and learned a lot from each, particularly The Body and The Mind. There is a lot of information and material out there about yoga, along with quite a few misconceptions. Do Your Om Thing condenses all that information and addresses the misconceptions, presenting the key aspects of yoga, helpful notes, exercises and their benefits. Above all, it shows us ways we can adapt the practice to our lives. I feel this is a great book for anyone looking to deepen their yoga practice and their knowledge. It is also a great resource for those looking to try yoga but would like a better understanding of the subject. Do Your Om Thing is an informative and helpful guide.
Favourite quote: “Stop fleeing the moment and your Self in favour of quick comforts. Look inside. Pull up a chair in the quiet room of your own mind and learn to be comfortable there. Find happiness there. If you can’t, you will not find it elsewhere.”