With my several days of total downtime (thanks to my freshly wounded mouth), I decided to ransack my bookshelf in pursuit of an unfinished read. Among many other unread books, I came across Michael Stone’s The Inner Tradition of Yoga. Since rolling out my mat and taking down-dog might overwhelm or disturb my healing gums and swollen cheeks, I’ve decided to embrace the intellectual side of yoga by reading Stone’s text.
Don’t let the Sanskrit symbols on the cover intimidate you-Stone offers us modern day yogis very practical ways to understand and implement the ancient philosophies of yoga into our lives. Perhaps when I finish reading The Inner Tradition of Yoga, I’ll dedicate a blog post to a review of this (so far) awesome book. Reading a variety of texts about yogic philosophy deepens our own practice and helps us discover who we really are in relation to our own journey with yoga. But for now, I use it to take my mind off of my stitched gums and numb lip and chin.