Happy Yoga:

7 Reasons Why There's Nothing to Worry About
1 Jan 2019

Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About


by Steve Ross

This month we will be reading Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About by Steve Ross. Steve is a musician and yoga teacher who travelled extensively around the world and studied yoga with traditional Vedantic masters. He was surprised to find that the way yoga is taught in the West is very different from what he had encountered in India. According to Steve, yoga is not about being serious, miserable, right or uptight and it is not a “militant painfest”. It’s about joy and happiness, but somehow we can lose track of that. So he encourages us to step back, re-access our values and recognize that we are looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.

I chose this book because of author’s sense of humor and his ability to explain and illustrate some rather complex yogic ideas in a very down-to-earth common sense sort of way. With chapter titles like You can have true love, You are not fat (and neither am I), You are not your daily grind, this book is funny and sometimes profound. With that said, I am pretty sure that you will not agree with everything he says. I personally don’t care about his dietary advice or his recommendations of actual yoga poses. But the bottom line is that he brings joy and light-heartedness to his discussions of some pretty complex subjects. He makes you reassess the way you approach your life and your yoga practice, and he comes to it from a place of deep knowledge and understanding of the yoga tradition. That is why it is definitely worth a read. If this sounds interesting to you, please read the book and join our discussion!


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I live in regional North Queensland and have to order these books online. It’s not available as an ibook. I just ordered this one, and look forward to getting into reading and discussing with the Happy U group- hope I can keep pace with your book schedule as it will take at a week + to get this one.

Mary Alice

I’m in, ordering the book right now! Thanks!


Love your recommendation and how you introduce Steve Ross and his book. My experience of Steve Ross was at Sedona Yoga Festival some years back. I took a yin class of his. I was intrigued by a few very deep and profound things he seeemed to “sneak in” during what seemed almost like a comedy! That prompted me to then also attend a kirtan he led. It was phenomenal. I was quite impressed with the depth that underlies his unique approach. I then ordered and read his book and agree with your assessment that it’s worth the read! Enjoy!!


It is going to take about three weeks for me to get this book. I hope I too will be able to join in the discussion.
I live in an area with limited and expensive internet access.
Would it be possible to get the reading list in advance so we can order ahead or find in our library?
Thank you


Just ordered the book and look forward to following along with the discussion!


Olga, First of all, thank you so much for all the support and inspiration you so generously offer. I have been teaching yoga since the 1980s, yet now more than ever, there are new ways of thinking and being as a yoga practitioner. This is all exciting and keeps enlivening me as well as my teaching. I am at a place in life where reducing, rather that adding to my possessions (in this case books) is something that gives me Joy. That said, I found this book available in my local library system which made me very happy. I live… Read more »