Confession: I am a knowledge nerd. When I find something I’m interested in, I devour as many books, blog, videos etc. on the subject as I can. This is no different with my love of yoga. Once I started practising regularly, I watched loads of YouTube videos, ordered a ton of books on Amazon and read the blogs of my favourite Yogis. I’ve also recently been given the books to read for my Yoga Teacher Training course so I’ve been getting started on those.
In this regular series, I will review some of the yoga books I read giving a description of the book, my opinions on what I’ve read and any key takeaways I have after reading it. In this post, the first in the series, I will be reviewing Namaslay by Candace Moore.
The reason I ordered this book was because I had been following Candace’s channel on YouTube for a while and loved her style of teaching yoga and her expertise. When it arrived, I was immediately impressed by the size and thickness of the book – it is huge! This is amazing for seeing the pose photos in detail and also is a clue to the depth she goes into.
Namaslay is part memoir, part yoga pose instruction guide. Candace has an interesting story as to how she came to yoga. Long story short, she developed an autoimmune disease which totally destroyed her body for a long time. After suffering for several years, she began the process of healing her body through diet and exercise including yoga. Her story is woven throughout the book and is written in a refreshingly honest and engaging way. I looked forward to reading these sections. Despite all she’s been through with her health, Candace is positive and uplifting.
The majority of the book is a yoga guide. There are hundreds of clear, sharp photos of yoga poses – from beginner to advanced all annotated with detailed guidance and alignment advice. These have proven so useful to me when working on certain poses. It’s amazing the difference the correct alignment has on your practice. Not only that, but there are also a range of 30 day yoga challenges for different purposes – back pain for example. So if you aren’t sure what to do with the poses or how to link them, following one of the plans is a great place to start.
The main reason I love this book though is that it’s written in a way that makes yoga accessible to anyone. It mentions the Sanskrit terms but everything is explained and detailed in easy to understand language. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that practises yoga or wants to start doing so. You can find it on Amazon and can find out more about Candace by searching ‘Yoga by Candace’ on YouTube or her blog.