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by Kara-Leah Grant
Cast your mind back to your very first yoga class. What did it take to get there?
Did you have to overcome any fears or hesitancy? Were you nervous? Did a friend take you?
Was it a great class – or a bad experience? Did you keep going to yoga, or did you walk away for a few weeks, or months, or years before finally going back?
Did it take you a while to find the class and the teacher that was right for you?
Most important, did you have an opportunity to start yoga earlier, but didn’t – for whatever reason.
And did you ever wonder what that reason might have been? Why it took you so long to get to yoga?
Now that you’re going to yoga classes, do you still get confused about the different styles and lineages?
Are you clear on the history of yoga and the different foundational texts that teachers will sometimes refer to like The Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita?
Have you started delving into any yoga philosophy or are you perplexed when teachers mention concepts like the koshas or yamas or gunas?
Have you explored any yoga beyond asana? Would you like to but you’re not sure where to start, or what else is out there beyond postures?
You can see where I’m going with this…
We bandy the word ‘yoga’ around as if it’s this small, definable thing – postures on a mat. But in reality, once we start to go to class, we realise that postures are the tip of the iceberg and if we are to really understand yoga we need to find out more and go deeper.
But where and how?
This is where and how: The No-More Excuses Guide to Yoga – a seminal text that helps you get to your first yoga class, gives you a broad and accessible understanding of the deeper nature of yoga plus helps you orientate to the different styles, lineages, history, texts and philosophies of the practice.
It’s the kind of foundational yoga text that you’ll turn to again and again as different aspects of yoga come up in your classes.
It’s also the kind of book that you’ll give as a gift to a friend who keeps talking about going to yoga but hasn’t made it through the studio door yet.
To give you a clearer idea of exactly what the book contains, you can click this link and see a PDF of the contents and introduction.
If you get to the end of the introduction and want to keep reading, it’s clear you need to buy No-More Excuses.
If not for yourself – maybe because you’re already going to yoga on a regular basis – then maybe you want to buy this book for your best friend, your wife, your husband, your mother, your father, your daughter, your son, your boss, or your employee.
What better gift to give than the gift of yoga – whether it’s for yourself or for someone you love?
Order The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga Now:
Pre-orders sent or emailed by September 24. All prices in NZ dollars.
Shipping costs $2 within New Zealand, $7 to Australia & $17 to the Rest of the World.
Print + Electronic Package: PDF, Mobi & ePub $39
Electronic Package: PDF, Mobi & ePub $19
The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga + Forty Days of Yoga
Because with these two books you’ll get to class, understand the foundations of yoga and build a solid home yoga practice.
Print Books $62
Print + Electronic: PDF, Mobi & ePub Books $72
Electronic: PDF, Mobi & ePub Books $32
Before I unleashed The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga on the world, I invited a selection of friends and colleagues to read the book and give me their unvarnished opinion. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“Kara-Leah Grant’s commitment to you and Yoga is astounding. She is holding your hand and leading you to the healing power of intimate connection. Kara-Leah is persisting and insisting that you can be completely intimate with the pure intelligence and beauty of your life. Your Yoga practice will be actual, natural, non obsessively and daily! It is your direct embrace of the wonder that is your own reality.Let Kara-Leah lead you in this adventure that will transform you and transfigure you to the light and love that is our natural state.” ~ Mark Whitwell, author of Yoga of Heart and The Promise.
“Curious about yoga, but afraid to try? In The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga, Kara-Leah Grant introduces you to the fundamentals, talks you through your doubts, and pushs you to take the most important step of all: unrolling a mat and starting a practice.” ~ Benjamin Lorr, author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the search for something like transcendence in Bikram Yoga
“I often say to my students that the hardest part of yoga is actually getting on your mat. In this book Kara-Leah helps you to break through some of that resistance that may be holding you back, plus it’s a great go-to book to understand more about the practice of yoga, history, myths and styles. In Kara-Leah’s trademark no-nonsense approach, she manages to keep things clear and interesting, communicating from her first hand experience – she has literally been there as the student and experienced the full spectrum of the yoga journey. This book is a perfect companion for the modern yogi. As Kara-Leah says “This shift of consciousness is available to every one of us – it is the natural evolution of a human being.”.” ~ Nikki Ralston, The Ralston Method, Auckland NZ
“A wonderful primer for the hesitant beginning yogi, offering a wealth of information in Kara-Leah’s inimitable, accessible style.” ~ Kelly Fisher, Director of Urban Yoga, Wellington NZ
“A Yoga teacher needs to be humble enough to continue their own journey of learning and healing, and brave enough to share it with those they teach. Kara-Leah shares her learning in a lighthearted, clear and accessible way. There is reassurance and advice for the novice Yogi, further detail for the experienced Yogi and reminders for teachers too.” ~ Gemma Carroll, Akasha Yoga Studio, Dunedin NZ
“This is a great tool for people who just can’t seem to get started with yoga. Written from experience Kara-Leah gives you numerous ways to get past the road blocks that seem to prevent many people from walking into their first yoga class.The book gives insights into many misconceptions about yoga, and answers numerous questions about terminology that may baffle. It’s set out in a methodical and insightful manner, and will keep you on track to enjoy the many benefits that regular yoga will bring to your life.” ~ Colin Clements, Australia Yoga Life
“Kara-Leah has a rare ability to write about yoga in a way that is accessible, relevant and entertaining, without oversimplifying or sensationalising her subject. Her passion for yoga, and for setting straight the many myths that surround and obscure the practice, gives vitality to her writing and her ability to cut through our excuses to the real reasons we avoid yoga is enlightening. Her ‘no excuses’ approach to yoga may not work for everyone, but anyone who has toyed – or toiled – with beginning and sustaining a yoga practice will relate to, and find something useful in, this book. I highly recommend it.” ~ Marianne Elliott, author of Zen Under Fire
“This book is easy to read as a glass of water is easy to drink on a hot day. And just as valuable. Kara-Leah’s words flow from a deep wisdom that is the result of a life lived authentically. She shares that wisdom, the essence of Yoga, generously, and I am privileged to have been one of the first to read it.” ~ Ben Ralston, Healer, Yoga Teacher, Writer
“I have been steeped in spiritual practice since early childhood and have witnessed the exponential growth of yoga as an industry in the US, and also abroad, as I’ve been living and teaching overseas since 1999. We in the Western world are now blessed with a wide variety of choice. This enables each individual to align with the most suitable practice, at any given time, for him or her. However, this blessing of choice also becomes the challenge to know where to go, before you go. How do you know what to look for when this world of yoga is new to you? And as yoga becomes more of a marketplace, how can you separate the gold from the dross? I’ve had the pleasure of coming to know Kara-Leah over the past 6 years and I’ve seen close-up how she lives the process that is Yoga. In her latest book, she supports you in stepping safely and confidently into the ever-changing stream of Yoga. This is a valuable go-to manual for anyone confounded by not only the glittering new yoga, but also the complexities of the ancient yoga. Dive in, and welcome to the journey!” ~ Melissa Billington, creatrix of MYOGA—freedom to unfold, melissabillington.com
Did you download the preview of the book?
Click this link to see a PDF of the contents and introduction
I’m donating $1 from every print sale and 5% of all online sales of The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga to the Yoga Education in Prisons because I love the work that these yoga teachers do.
They really are bringing yoga to the people.
(I know, originally I said 50 cents from every print book, but I changed my mind. $1 felt better.)