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Develop a powerful practice of deep relaxation and transformative self-inquiry with this essential guide to yoga nidra

Tracee StanleyYoga nidra is a practice devoted to allowing your body and mind to rest while your consciousness remains awake and aware, creating the opportunity for you to tap into a deeper understanding of yourself and your true nature. At its heart, yoga nidra is about waking up to the fullness of your life. In Radiant Rest, Tracee Stanley draws on over twenty years of experience as a yoga nidra teacher and practitioner to introduce the history of yoga nidra, mind and body relaxation, and the surprising power of rest in our daily lives.

This accessible guide shares six essential practices arranged around the koshas, the five subtle layers of the body: the physical, energetic, mental, intuitive, and bliss bodies. It also offers shorter, accessible practices for people pressed for time. Each practice is explained through step-by-step instructions and ends with self-inquiry prompts. A set of guided audio meditations provide further instruction. Feel a greater sense of stability, peace, and clarity in all aspects of your life as you deepen your yoga nidra practice and discover its true power.

It is time to address the dissonance between the often superficial way yoga is currently being practiced and the depth of yoga’s ancient universal spiritual teachings. In this clarion call to action, Jivana Heyman offers a blueprint for cultivating a practice based in the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras in service of those experiencing exclusion and oppression.

Heyman illuminates the yogic mandate of seva—or acts of service that see, care for, and uplift those around us—as a way to serve the world without losing your way. Through pose sequences, practice prompts such as “Embracing Failure,” and stories from yoga teachers who are implementing seva in their classes, Heyman shows you what it means to serve, how to serve, and how to promote inclusivity through your service. Our job, says Heyman, is not to clear our mind through yoga practice, but rather to expand it so widely that it can embrace the entire universe.

Lit From Within

Build an integrated, deeply personal practice to cultivate transformation, self-trust, and awakening with insights and techniques from beloved teacher Sarah Powers.

More than just physical poses on a mat, yoga can be a profound path of self-realization. Lit from Within encourages readers to pursue yoga in its fullness, examining conscious and unconscious habits, connecting to our inner landscapes, and freeing us to relate to ourselves and our world with a sacred outlook.

Sarah Powers helps readers relate to five levels of our human experience—physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and interpersonal. Each section offers an opportunity for self-inquiry and practices to fuel our growth, including yin yoga, meditation, emotional intelligence exercises like creating connection with an inner critic, and interpersonal dynamics drawn from the Internal Family Systems approach. Learning to recognize, reflect on, and at times re-direct these different levels of experience adds a vital dimension to the practice. The book draws on Sarah's many years of practice and teaching, influenced by the rich tapestries of yin yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and psychology.

In these challenging times, Lit from Within offers a path to health, wholeness, and connection—from the inside out.

Skill in Action 2021

Explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga as a way to create a world that is more just for all. Drawing from yoga philosophy—particularly the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient yogic text that calls us to see the divinity within all and live our dharma for the collective good—Skill in Action urges us to change the way we are living and being, to think about how our actions affect others, and to respond to the persistent call for justice for all.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson inspires us to remember our shared humanity and take action in solidarity with those who are most marginalized by the industry of wellness and yoga—whether that manifests as activism, deepening our awareness of self, understanding more about our cultural and political contexts, or changing our relationships with others. This revised and expanded edition offers:

  • A look at how the yamas and niyamas—the ethical precepts of yoga—can be studied in order to create a more just world;
  • A clear view on how power and privilege inform the yoga industry;
  • Ideas on how to integrate justice into teaching the eight limbs of yoga;
  • Ways to support people as they move through their resistance and discomfort in the face of injustice;
  • An explanation of actionable love and the role of compassion in our social change work;
  • A clear call to remember our role as teachers and change-makers;
  • Potent tools and practices to both ground and inspire us—such as journaling prompts, pranayama exercises, meditations, and rituals.
Teaching Yoga with Intention

Clear, effective verbal communication and judicious touch are two skills that are essential for every yoga teacher. Drawing from her fifty years of yoga experience and her training in Nonviolent Communication and physical therapy, Judith Hanson Lasater has created the definitive guide to effective and appropriate communication between yoga teachers and their students. She focuses not just on how to explain technique but also on the more subtle lessons of respect, empathy, and compassion.

Lasater shines an unflinching light on physical contact in yoga. Teachers often use touch to create understanding and awareness in the poses. But this is a nuanced art, and Lasater gives clear guidance on how, where, and when it is appropriate to further a student’s development.

Lasater also empowers students by encouraging them to take ownership of and responsibility for their practice: learning how and when to say no to an adjustment, keeping boundaries, knowing when to leave a class, how to communicate your needs to your yoga teacher, and if and when to report a teacher’s behavior. The skills that Lasater offers in this clear, practical book will help create a safe and optimal learning environment for all students and teachers.

Live Your Yoga

Take the wisdom of yoga off the mat and explore 54 ways to reinvigorate your practice by connecting with the Yoga Sutras.

The Yoga Sutras offer so much to people on the yoga path—and to spiritual seekers in general—but many find that the philosophy is too dense to interpret and apply to modern life. Live Your Yoga offers a perfect way to understand and use the teachings on a regular basis.

The practice deck includes an introductory fold-out card explaining what the Yoga Sutras are and how to use the 54 cards that make up the deck. Each card focuses on a specific theme—balance, gratitude, acceptance, discipline, habit, and more—and offers one of three practice prompts: Explore, Connect, and Replenish. The Explore prompts offer philosophy from the Sutras and provide inspiration, contemplation, and self-study. The Connect prompts guide you to focus on your body and breath, and include tangible practices, including some asana and pranayama. Replenish prompts explore the last four limbs and provide mindfulness and meditation exercises. Pick a single card or put together a small practice, whatever you need at that moment. Whether you are new to yoga philosophy or in need of an accessible guide, the Live Your Yoga practice deck will guide you on your yoga journey.

The practice deck is illustrated with beautiful Yantras created by Chanti Tacoronte-Perez, a yogi, sacred artist, and author. East Indian Yantras traditionally hold the energy or pattern of divinity and for this deck, Chanti has translated an image she experienced in deep rest to support the spirits of connection, exploration, and replenishment.

Deepen and enliven your yoga practice with 30 themes based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that can inspire on and off the mat.

Yoga draws many practitioners because of its physical benefits, but it is often the experience of peace that people return for. Threads of Yoga supports those seeking to learn more about yoga’s deeper spiritual teachings. Each short chapter introduces a foundational yogic theme, such as letting go, the breath, the yamas and the niyamas, and the chakra system. Each theme is accompanied by practices, including meditation, complementary poses, breath work, or quotes to contemplate. It is an ideal guide for both practitioners and teachers who want to connect with the spiritual wisdom of yoga, deepen their personal practice, or develop and support a theme for yoga class.

For Kids

In 2021 we published the Little Yogi Deck for kids.  We hope they delight them!

With the simple shuffle of a deck, kids can bend, balance, and breathe right into their very own yoga practice. These 48 playful, color-coded cards encourage mindfulness and help build emotional intelligence on and off the mat, exploring big feelings like:

  • anger
  • worry
  • excitement
  • sadness
  • joy
  • jealousy
  • shame
  • peace

For ages 5–9.

Little Yogi Deck
Little Yogi Deck
Little Yogi Deck

Forthcoming in 2022

And we have lots more yoga coming out next year from the likes of Nina Zolotow, Richard Rosen, Octavia Raheem, the late Georg Feuerstein, Judith Lasater, and  more.  So make sure you sign up for our emails so you do not miss them!  Here is a sneak peek at our next release which you can pre-order now and take advantage of the discount.

Restoring your body, mind, and spirit amid change is an act of courage, empowerment, and hope. This warm, powerful guide will help you honor the changes and spaces in your life with purposeful rest and reflection.

If you're trying to push your way through endings, beginnings, and places of uncertainty, only to find yourself more confused, disconnected, tired, and uncertain, this book will hold and fortify you. Yoga teacher and activist Octavia Raheem offers us the motivation and guidance we need to restore ourselves in the midst of all sorts of change. Change in our lives—whether it be welcome, joyful, challenging, or more subtle—presents us with the opportunity to pause and gather our energy to work with whatever lies ahead.

Drawing wisdom from yoga philosophy and her many years of teaching experience, Raheem offers us the motivation and guidance we need to restore ourselves in the midst of all types of change. She gives us three simple restorative yoga poses (savasana, side lying pose, and child’s pose), and offers short teachings, reflections, and practices to see us through times of ending, beginning, and liminal/transitional space. She shows us how slowing down, stillness, and deeper connection to our own transitions empower us to move through collective shifts with more grace—and what it means to navigate shifts and change with presence and courage.

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