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Yoga for Real Life

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In-demand celebrity yoga teacher and fitness guru Maya Fiennes brings her upbeat, inspirational style to a yoga instruction guide, incorporating song, chanting, breathing, and movement
The effervescent, charismatic Maya Fiennes introduces her method of Kundalini yoga, shares her life story, and reveals the secrets that have helped her and her students to manage the stres
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Atlantic Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 08, 2013 Katia rated it really liked it
This book instantly puts one in a good mood! Inspiring but also practical at the same time.
Lois Clark-Johnston
I liked this quite a bit. It was as much about day to day life as yoga.
Apr 06, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
I have been practicing Kundalini Yoga regularly for almost a year now, and I just recently did one of her videos. The exercises were good and there was one chant I really liked but overall I didn't find the set-up of her video to be the best(for me). Anyhow, there was a mention about this book on the video and I decided to check it out. The book really talks about chakras, energy blocks, and energy flows. She gives suggestions for real life on and off the mat that relate to unblocking energy in ...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
Jan 09, 2011 Andrea Hickman Walker rated it it was amazing
I do like my yoga books. I bought this after I started doing Kundalini Yoga. Most of the yoga practiced here focuses on the asanas, the postures. Kundalini is different in that the focus there is on moving with the breath. The major focuses of Kundalini are breath and mantra. Doing Kundalini is almost like a moving meditation. And, regardless of how easy it sounds, it really isn't. Because in Kundalini they like to repeat a move (in time with the breath) for long periods of time. In this book, t ...more
Danielle Raine
Dec 27, 2010 Danielle Raine rated it it was amazing
Maya's guide to a healthy, happy life - Kundalini style!
As the title suggests, this is a yoga book for real life - the exercises are ones that us `normal people' can shoehorn into our busy lives.The sections are loosely based on the body's seven main energy centres (chakras). The simple, elegant pictures and clear descriptions make the yoga sections appealing and easy to follow. But the yoga instruction is only half the fun! Throughout each section, we're also treated to Maya's personal insight
M. Jane Colette
Jan 19, 2017 M. Jane Colette rated it really liked it
A beautiful book, and one of the first I read as I was researching Kundalini Yoga. A very down-to-earth, practical and readable approach to a topic that's often taken too seriously and too esoterically. The structure of the book follows the seven chakras, each of which Fiennes ties to very down to earth life equivalents--the root chakra, for example, is the anchor of the chapter called "be here now," while the heart chakra is, of course, the anchor of the "love and relationships" chapter. Kundal ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
This author is my favorite Kundalini Yoga instructor. This book was written in such a way as to give me the feeling of sitting down to have a chat with a good friend every time I opened it to continue my read. This book gave me a better understanding of the poses demonstrated in her Yoga For Real Life DVD. I enjoyed it very much.
Aug 27, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
I loved this book and will definitely keep it for reference (much like my 1980 something Cheryl Tiegs Natural Beauty book that I adored as a tween). I would give it 5 stars if it were a tad longer. Each chapter pertains to a different chakra giving some asanas, breath work and recipes that help improve or waken areas of imbalance.
Mar 15, 2013 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga-meditation, 2013
An impulse buy from WH Smiths! (I buy so few new books these days.)

I enjoyed this book exploring kundalini yoga, it's based around the chakras, each chapter suggests ways of using yoga in an everyday sense.

Career, friendships and family, postures and exercises, philosophy and healthy smoothies/juice recipes within each chakra theme. Plenty of good ideas to pick and choose from.
Nov 17, 2014 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, health
This book is a great companion to the Kundalini yoga DVDs by Maya Fiennes. It offers deeper understanding of the 7 chakras and some extra tips (such as recipes for energizing drinks) as well. Maya Fiennes is a great yoga teacher; her personal insights in this book are inspirational and motivating.
Feb 21, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
This book and everything about it is so beautiful and inspirational. I loved the writing, photographs, quotes, recipes, and of course the wonderful kriya instructions. Reading this book filled me with joy. I wish I could take a live yoga class with Maya but her DVD will do for now!
May 21, 2014 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: health, read_in_2014
Good explanations and photos of poses, excessive gratuitous photos of author.
Jul 13, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
It's a beautiful and relaxing book. If you are interested in Kundalini Yoga is a good way to know the benefits of this practice.
Sally-anne Foxon
Jun 07, 2013 Sally-anne Foxon rated it it was amazing
Brill book one that I will keep with me , it helps a lot
Apr 28, 2012 Jenni rated it liked it
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Heidi Lehtinen
Sep 30, 2014 Heidi Lehtinen rated it it was amazing
Creative, different, convincing, genuine. Absolutely brilliant.
Sep 06, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
A must have & read book! Something you will go back to all the time.
Oct 19, 2013 Meghan rated it liked it
3.5 stars from me!
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