on June 27, 2016 :
This delightful book is a fine resource for yoga teachers and yoga students. Each class is meticulously designed and the book is beautifully illustrated.
Yoga Class Plans is a book of over 100 plans that can be used by both yoga teachers and individual practitioners. The book includes a collection of yoga plans for the general class and intermediate class and yoga plans for therapeutic classes. The section on body systems contains classes for the digestive, respiratory, endocrine and the lymphatic systems. The chakras section is also comprehensive and offers classes that focus on each of these important vortexes of energy.
The book draws from two yoga schools, Satyananda and Iyengar thereby offering variety and adding to its richness. Readers may find that they need a copy of the B. K. S. Iyengar’s book “The Path of Holisitic Health” and “Satyananda’s Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha” for specific instructions on the practices outlined in Shuddhachitam’s book.
I had the pleasure of meeting Shuddhachittam when we were both yoga students at Mangrove Mountain Yoga Ashram. Initially I was struck by her sweet, gentle voice and as I got to know her I found that here was a woman with immense experience and insight. I found her to be a most helpful and supportive fellow student and colleague.
When I saw that Shuddhachittam had written a yoga book, I was delighted. To this book she brings many years of teaching experience. Shuddhachittam completed her first Diploma in Classical Yoga with the Australian College of Classical Yoga in 2005. She later completed her Diploma in Satyananda Teacher Training. Shuddhachittam has travelled to India many times and completed two years Sannyasa Training at the Bihar School of Yoga from 2011 to 2013. She has taught extensively in Australia, India and South Korea at yoga studios, yoga ashrams, corporate workplaces, detention centers and to private groups including one on one classes.
It is with great honour that I recommend this innovative book to teachers and students alike.
(Josna Pankhania is a yoga teacher and therapist, counsellor, clinical psychotherapist, lecturer, researcher, human rights advocate and a widely published author. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of Satyananda Yoga)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)