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!