Independently Published (2019)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/2020)
“Yoga Posts: Building a Steady Yoga Practice One Week at a Time” by Kimberly Luyckx is an informative, easy-to-follow guide for incorporating yoga and all its physical, mental and spiritual benefits into a daily routine.
Intended as a yearlong journey, “Yoga Posts” guides the reader through the total system and principles of yoga. There is a chapter or “post” for every week of the year, each one broken down into three parts: a passage, a pillar, and a purpose. The passage is a quote or a reading that can be used for reflection, in meditation, or as a focus for your day – it’s really up to the yogi how they want to use and interpret the message. The pillar is a challenge to incorporate into your day, something to build into your yoga practice. The purpose describes the significance of the pillar or task and relates how it can benefit you and your life. Each weekly post builds on the previous week resulting in what can only be significant growth by the end of the year.
I read this book straight through for the purpose of this review, though I plan to start over and take the journey as intended by the author. I have been taking yoga classes at my gym for several years but have never slowed down enough to take all the aspects of yoga into consideration and apply it to my daily life, instead considering it merely as another form of exercise. The gym might not be the best place to experience the full meaning behind the practice since the gym focuses on the physical aspect. In actuality, it is so much more than exercise, and this is clearly defined by the author. Luyckx gently guides the reader from the beginning, dividing the book into three sections: Establishing Your Practice, Supporting Your Practice and Fortifying Your Practice.
In Establishing Your Practice the groundwork is set, the first several weeks allowing you to ease into the journey by setting attainable weekly goals, each day helping to create a habit of prioritizing time for yourself and your practice. The posts are simple and doable in that you’re not overwhelmed from the very beginning but encouraged by the steady pace. By the end of the first seven weeks, you will be ready to move on to the next phase, Supporting Your Practice. In this section Luyckx begins instruction on the eight limbs of yoga and incorporating these limbs into your daily routine. Here the author’s expertise shines bringing clarification to the experience through her teaching of each limb. Readers will learn what each limb is called Sanskrit terms and gain a clear understanding of each. The final section, Fortifying Your Practice puts it all together to well – fortify your practice. Luyckx guides the reader on how to incorporate every branch of yoga into your routine.
As to my personal favorite areas in “Yoga Posts,” most of my experience with yoga has been around the physical, as I mentioned earlier, so I really enjoyed the author’s insight regarding the mental aspect. The posts on meditation, quieting the mind, opening the mind and letting go of things that do not serve me, provided me with what I consider to be key points for my personal success in this journey. In particular, the posts around the limbs of Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (contemplation) being the areas I felt most drawn to. Perhaps that is the way of yoga, we will each be attracted to what we need most.
Overall, “Yoga Posts: Building a Steady Yoga Practice One Week at a Time” by Kimberly Luyckx is a comprehensive book on Yoga that is inclusive, simple to put into practice and easy to understand. Everyone from beginners to gurus will find something beneficial. As with any guide, you get out of it what you put into it. “Yoga Posts” provides solid groundwork to assist you on your journey toward a more fulfilling and enriched life.