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Reviews of Yoga for Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul

5 stars. “This book made me smile. I really loved the photos and the sequences in here. They are perfect for everyone and give variations to make it accessible to do anywhere you are. There are multiple people that I would recommend this book to and I think it will help them tremendously.”

— Lindsey Domokur DeCastro, for NetGalley


“This book is a gem.

Let me tell you why: I’ve been trying to convince my aunt, who is in 50-s and lives a very sedentary life, to try yoga for all the good it has to offer, i.e. fitness, better posture, clear head, endorphins. So when I tried to looked for a good book for a beginner like her, every single one was either leaded with complex poses she is definitely not able to do right now, had way too much text, had text and no pictures to describe a pose, or had pictures with young, sporty fitness gurus.

On the other hand, this little book is just what I needed to show my aunt that yoga is good, and that yoga is for everyone. There are so many simple, effective poses even a sedentary person can do – as well as some which need practice, which is motivating. In additions, the pictures used show a variety of bodies. It is wonderful. Period.

I’d highly recommend this book for someone who feels that yoga, or possibly any kind of exercise, is overwhelming and for ‘other people’.

I only just wish it was longer, given its brief frame.”

— Wendy Wright for NetGalley


5 stars. “This book is an absolute treasure. It is full of tips, ideas, and yoga sequences to help a variety of issues and ailments. I plan on using this book on a very regular basis!”

— Jessica Murdock for NetGalley


“Yoga for Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul is a practical and accessible guide to working yoga into readers’ lives. Due out 28th Oct 2020 from BQB, it’s 96 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. It’s worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I’ve really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is a well presented, logical, and accessible guide to incorporating yoga in a daily routine. The exercises are presented individually, without (much) context and can be mixed and matched as needed. There’s not a whole lot of philosophy or history provided, so for readers who would prefer their yoga instruction and practice mostly devoid of alternative philosophies, there’s very little to dismay or distract included here. For people who *do* want all the bells and whistles (crystals, spirit guides, and all) – this book isn’t overly full of those things. What it does, and does well is show a variety of sitting yoga positions from a variety of photographed models along with step by step directions.

The poses are arranged roughly thematically with coordinated sequences: lower back, core twist, heart-lung, shoulder and upper body, neck, balancing and synchronizing, bed yoga (no sexual content at all here), airplane yoga, and a short chapter on forest bathing and earthing/walking in nature.

This is a short guide, but the gentle nature of the poses would make them a very good choice for elderly, rehabilitating, paraplegic, or other readers with mobility challenges, as well as readers starting out with yoga and meditation.”

— Annie Buchanan, Nonstop Reader blog


5 stars. “Simply magnificent!

This book is created in an easy to follow the way, well explained and the photos allow you to understand each pose with ease.

Something that I loved and was impressed with is the variety of models they used, thus showing that this book is for everyone.

Definitely a job well done.

The only thing is, one is left wanting for more. Thank you very much for sharing this gem with the world.”

— Raquel Alfaro Porras, for NetGalley


5 stars. “I loved the many normal looking pictures in this book. So often you pick up a book for yoga and it has impossible standards. These were people of all ages and sizes I could relate to with easy step by step instructions. Highly recommend. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.”

— Mandy Hazen, for NetGalley

 


“This is a quick book with yoga poses for your everyday life. There isn’t much on the philosophy of yoga its is mainly just the poses with a little about them. A great book for the beginner to yoga.”

— Tiffany Rose, for NetGalley

 


“Great content of pictures, and series of movements for beginners or those with limited mobility. It is a very accessible tool to help engage individuals to know that anyone can do yoga. This is a gem of practice for this population.”

— Ken Martz (Educator), for NetGalley


5 stars. “This book is the only yoga guide ANYONE should own. In many circumstances, it is hard to find the time, environment, and movements to get yourself centered, calm, and moving. The pictures were absolutely essential because I have heard that just reading the movements in words doesn’t always help a lot of people including myself in that I am a visual learner. No matter the time, place, or situation anyone can do simple yoga and achieve pure bliss and still get themselves moving. We will consider adding this title to our R Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.”

— Meghan Soderholm (Librarian), for The Lovely Librarian

 


Reviews of Married to Paradise

“From the beginning, you understand Lana’s passion for nature and freedom.. It is deeply rooted in her soul. She does a good job of explaining how her dreams evolved, and showed us the path to their success. Comfortable in my stable life, it was refreshing to read her nomadic tales and witness her adventurous side.

I have never traveled to Costa Rica but first thing I did after finishing this book is google the Luna Lodge. Wow! I now wish to go!

This book is for all nature lovers and anyone wishing to explore the Costa Rican rainforest! Or like me, just to dream about it!”

— Chantal Côté for NetGalley


“This book isn’t what I was expecting when I requested a copy of it but was enjoyable to read through. I expected more physical yoga poses but this is more for very beginners, the elderly and those with a limited range/capacity for movement which is a fantastic book for these types of people. I liked how this book used real people – not skinny model types but real everyday people, which helps promote the book for all different body types.”

— Natalie Horman for NetGalley